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Nancy's Notes - May 29, 2014

“The First Phone Call From Heaven” by Mitch Albom, “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” by Carol Wall, “The World According to Bob” by James Bowen

   We’ve been getting in several new books for your enjoyment. One that might catch your eye is “The First Phone Call From Heaven”. Written by Mitch Albom, the author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”, the story  tells of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.
    Carol Wall’s “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” is a memoir of her life. She was a white woman living in all white neighborhood in Middle America, who was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown, she had overcome illness, her parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya and he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.
    If you enjoy pets, especially cats, you may want to check out “The World According to Bob”. James Bowen is the owner of Bob, the cat that changed his life.
As James struggles to adjust to his transformation from street musician to international celebrity, Bob is at his side  providing moments of intelligence, bravery, and humor and opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship. In the tale of their life together, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, even life-threatening danger.
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