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Nancy's Notes - July 14, 2016

“All Summer Long” by Dorothea Benton Frank, “Shelter” by Jung Yun.

        Summer is flying by! We’ve been busy with local children and people needing other services offered by us. When you think of a library you may only think of borrowing books. Anymore that is a small part of our day. We make copies for the public and fax/scan documents several times each day. This summer we are proctoring two students who are taking college classes. Visitors to Clarion have been using the wireless to complete business or personal correspondence while in town. Sometimes they also come in to print off their tickets for air travel. We have been hosting two to three children’s activities each week. With extra summer help we have also been taking inventory. Don’t let all that scare you, we will still have time to help you select materials and visit with you when you stop by.
        Several of our readers enjoy Dorothea Benton Frank. Her latest, once again set in South Carolina, is “All Summer Long”. It follows a New York couple, interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor. They are polar opposites who have been in love for more than fourteen years. As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., Olivia, a native New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life.  Nick is ecstatic.  Olivia is not.   She can’t let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought.   Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work.  As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick.
        A new title, “Shelter”, is written by Jung Yun, a new author to our library,. Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is worried about his family’s future. A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage but they never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic changes, and he’s forced to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface.
        Come in and enjoy these or other good titles: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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