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Nancy's Notes - June 9, 2016

“Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes, "The Confessions of Al Capone” by Loren D. Estleman, "Chasing the North Star” by Robert Morgan.

      I have been enjoying, “Me Before You”, by JoJo Moyes. The movie is set to be released in the next couple weeks. So once again I will go to a movie and say it’s not as good as the book. The story centers around Louisa Clark who at twenty-six is still living at home and helps to support here blue collar family. She has a steady boyfriend and has hardly traveled farther than their tiny village. Desperate for a job, she takes a position as the caretaker for Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life, heading a successful business, participating in extreme sports, and enjoying worldwide travel. Will is bitter, moody, and bossy. Lou wants to quit her job after only one day of service, but due to the family's financial position is unable to do so. She then refuses to treat him with kid gloves and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
        Loren D. Estleman’s, “The Confessions of Al Capone”, received high praise a few years ago. We recently purchased it in large print. In 1944 Al Capone, the most notorious Mob boss in history, has already been released from prison. Though Capone is no longer the enormously powerful force who dominated Chicago’s underworld for years, he is still a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI chief knows that if he can somehow manage to get Capone to reveal details of crimes he and his Outfit committed, the Bureau has a good chance of nailing key members who now are active in the wartime black market. FBI agent Peter Vasco is perfect for the job. His orders: pose as the priest he wanted to be before he dropped out of seminary, get close to Capone, and get Hoover the information he demands. Capone’s in Florida, suffering from advanced syphilis, and happy to add a priest to his inner circle. As Vasco and the mobster bond over card games, lunches, and even a trip to Wisconsin, Capone, sometimes lucid and sharp, other times rambling and vague, recounts stories of his criminal career. From his days as a bouncer in Brooklyn to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Capone spills secrets that reveal in vivid detail the life of this monster who became the most iconic figure in twentieth-century crime.
        Amazon gives “Chasing the North Star” five stars. The historical novel tells the story of Jonah Williams who, in 1850, flees the South Carolina plantation where he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back but no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide.

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