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Nancy's Notes -October 27, 2016

“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, "Cakewalk” by Rita Mae Brown, “A Boy Made of Blocks” by Keith Stuart

One of my favorite authors is Jodi Picoult. She has just had a new book published entitled, “Small Great Things”. It has received good reviews from our readers. The story is about Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital, who has many years of experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, an African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, she is charged with a serious crime.
        Rita Mae Brown has become known for the feline, Sneaky Pie Brown novels in her Mrs. Murphy series. Her latest book, “Cakewalk”, is a departure from that series and takes place in the small town of Runnymede, at the end of the Great War. When a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Julia, are nearby. Known locally as Wheezie and Juts the freethinking sisters and their circle of friends are coming of age in a changing world. They are determined to understand their place in it. Across town, the well-to-do Chalfonte siblings are preparing for the upcoming wedding of brother Curtis. But for youngest sister Celeste, the celebration brings about a change she never expected and a lesson about love she’ll not soon forget.
        Keith  Stuart’s, “A Boy Made of Blocks” is the story of a family torn apart by a child with autism.  Alex loves his family, and yet he struggles to connect with his eight-year-old autistic son, Sam. The strain has pushed his marriage to the breaking point and his wife asks him to leave. So Alex moves in with his best friend. As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets, and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam’s imagination blossoms and the game opens up a whole new world for father and son to share. Together, they discover that sometimes life must fall apart before you can build a better one.
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