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Nancy's Notes - December 22, 2016

“The Hamilton Affair” by Elizabeth Cobbs, “The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer.

        The countdown begins. Only one more article before my retirement. I’m sure the town will never be the same. There will be a retirement coffee at the library on Thursday, December 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Stop in, visit, and enjoy a snack. My last day will be Friday, December 30. You can also take a minute to congratulate Linda Lloyd on her new position.

I was thrilled last week to celebrate my retirement with all the CGD preschool students. I was called in to work early because staff forgot their keys. When I got there seventy preschoolers were absolutely silent, sitting in the library basement waiting to surprise me. First of all I didn’t expect a party and secondly, who thought that many kids could be silent! We had a great time as they presented me with pictures they had drawn. There was even a poster signed by the entire elementary since I had read to all of them throughout the years.  I will certainly miss my little gremlins and their teachers.
        “Hamilton” is presently the hottest ticket on Broadway. It will soon be coming to the Civic Center in Des Moines. We have had the screenplay for quite some time, however if you would like a little more information on that famous statesman try, “The Hamilton Affair” by Elizabeth Cobbs. It is historical fiction but usually there is enough research done that you can learn several new details. Set during the American Revolution it is the story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. It takes readers from the beginning of their relationship to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.  Hamilton was an orphan, raised in the Caribbean and desperate for legitimacy, he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing heroes. Admired by George Washington, scorned by Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton was the most controversial leader of the new nation. Elizabeth was the wealthy, beautiful, adventurous daughter of the respectable Schuyler clan and a pioneering advocate for women. Together, the couple braved war, infidelity, and the curse of partisanship that endangered their family and the country itself.
        Stephenie Meyer, a young adult author, has now branched out into adult fiction. Her latest title is “The Chemist”. The novel begins as an ex-agent, on the run from her former employers, must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so secret it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
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