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April 28, 2014


And now there is only one month before Finley Days and all the celebrations that go on at that time!  Keep in mind that Finley Library will be having an Open House on Thursday, June 12, from 2-4 P.M. during Finley Days.  It will be our 25th year celebration of being in this location at 302 Broadway.  We will also have a little party for Joyce Jerstad celebrating her 25 years on the library board (from which she is retiring) so come by and say "Hello!," and partake of the goodies that will be served.   
No winner for last week's Trivia Question asking what novel had the opening lines about the best of times and the worst of times.  It was A Tale of Two Cities.  The question for this week is:  What book told about a family that hid in an attic in Amsterdam, Holland, during WWII?  We would love to have another winner--you could get your photo in the Steele County Press!  Remember,  come into the library during open hours and leave your name, number and answer.
Here's a couple reviews:
A Slender Thread by Katherine Davis.  (HC/RP)  I chose to read this book because a long-time friend of ours contacted the disease described on the cover--Primary Progressive Aphasia--which means that over time a person loses their ability to speak.  After speech is gone, however, the body continues to deteriorate and one dies.  The author chose to speak more to what the disease does to a person psychologically and how it disrupts family life, however, than the the end results.  This is not a medical text in any way.  The end of the book is not the end of the the patient's life, rather it is a re-opening and new beginning for all the people involved.  It is a love story, a growing story and a story that ends much more happily than it began.  Real life can be that way as well.
Lady, lady, I Did It! by Ed McBain.  (HC/LP) (NDSL Books)  (87th Precinct series #14)  Ed McBain is a pseudonym for Evan Hunter who wrote The Blackboard Jungle, a classic of our time.  He also wrote several series under this pseudonym, the most famous of which is the 87th Precinct novels which number over fifty.  These are police procedurals taking place  in a fictitious town (which sounds very much like NYC) that ring as true today as they did in 1960 when this particular novel was written.  This one had a very good story line--three people are shot in a book store, but which one was the shooter really after and which were innocent bystanders?  (Evan Hunter died in 2006.)

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