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Nancy's Notes - February 11, 2016

Digital books available, “The Flood Girls”, by Richard Fifield, “The High Mountains of Portugal” by Yann Martel, Weather and Library hours.

 I took a trip last weekend to Minneapolis. It’s nice to take something to read on the road in case you have some down time. Since I’m always fearful of leaving a book somewhere along the line, I like to download an e-book to my phone. My daughter can’t sleep with the television on and I don’t go to bed early, so I was able to read in the dark. It also works great if you are waiting for your granddaughter at the mall amusement park. The library has a couple of thousand e-books and audio books available for download at no cost to the user. All you need is a Clarion Library card! Simply go to our web site, click on the bridges icon, put in our library name, and after entering the last five digits of your library card you should be ready to go. There is a limit of three check-outs at one time and the loan period is two weeks. After that time the titles will magically disappear.
                If you want something lighthearted during the dreary days of winter, “The Flood Girls”, by Richard Fifield should be a good choice. It takes place in Quinn, Montana, population 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim and the only bar in town refuses to serve mixed drinks because they are too much work. The residents hate the newcomers and aren’t too crazy about the locals either. The town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season, until now. Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.
                New from the author of, “Life of Pi”, is “The High Mountains of Portugal”. The story begins In Lisbon in 1904. A young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest. Fifty years later, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
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