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Nancy's Notes - March 24, 2016

March Madness, “O’s Little Guide to finding Your True Purpose” by the editors of O, the Oprah Magazine, “The High Mountains of Portugal" by Yann Martel, “The Good Liar" by Nicholas Searle.

We’ve had fun this week with March Madness. There is a display at the front desk with a poster from each of the participating Iowa schools. Next to each poster is a jar where you may stop in and cast your vote for the team you believe will go the furthest. I’m positive all three will still be in the running as you read this. However, if they are done by Thursday, stop in and eat the ballots since they are jelly beans in each school’s colors.  I will warn you that since it is my game I can change the rules at any time to skew the results.
        The editors of O, The Oprah Magazine, have published the book, “O’s Little Guide to finding Your True Purpose”. It is a mix of advice and real-life stories, featuring some of the best work to have appeared in the magazine.
        Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi”, has now written, “The High Mountains of Portugal”. It begins in Lisbon in 1904 when 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 strange 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.

        New to the large print collection is, "The Good Liar”. Veteran con artist Roy spots an easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he’s moved into Betty’s cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty’s grandson disapproves of their relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he’s doing.
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