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August 11, 2014

We haven't ordered any new large print books recently, so we thought we would get a few new ones since the offer was "Buy 2 get the 3rd one free."  They include:  

  • Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance. (Joanna Brady series #16)  (4.8 stars on Amazon) (NYT best seller list)
  • (Two different mysteries involve Brady:  An old woman hoarder in Massachusetts leaves a fortune in $100 bills among her junk collection and a friend of Brady is found dead.);
  • Four Friends by Robyn Carr. (no series) (4.3 stars on Amazon)  (Four women find their deep friendship helps them through the trials of marriage, break-ups, and life changes.);
  • The Cat that God Sent by Jim Kraus. (no series)  (4.7 stars on Amazon)  (Pastor Jake takes a new position in rural Pennsylvania and searches to find where his faith has gone.  Petey, the cat, thinks he can help Pastor Jake, but then more troubles arise in the form of a young run-a-way and a lovely women who has no time for Christians.);
  • All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson.  (no series)  (4.1 stars on Amazon)   (Gwyn is a nurse in her father's medical practice in depression-era Alaska.  When her father takes on a new doctor, Jeremiah, things become interestingly romantic until rumors circulate concerning his not so perfect past.);  
  • Love Letters by Debbie Macomber.  (Rose Harbor series #3)  (4.3 stars on Amazon)  (Another summer in Cedar Cove at Rose Harbor Inn keep Jo Marie and handyman, Mark, busy keeping things running smoothly.  New arrivals seem to have lots of problems in their lives that cause Jo Marie to become embroiled:  a marriage on the rocks--can it be saved?-- and a young girl coming to meet someone she has been corresponding with against her mother's wishes.);
  • A Man of his own by Susan Wilson.  (no series)  
    (4.6 stars on Amazon)  (When WWII began Rick and Francesca Stanton gave not only Rick to the service of their country, but also their beloved dog, Pax, to the K-9 Corps.  Rick comes back injured in body and mind, but they are not sure  they will ever see Pax again.  Then Keller Nicholson comes to their home with Pax, explaining that he was Pax's handler during the war and can't bear to part with him, but, then, neither can the Stantons.  How will this work out, or can it?)  We hope there will be a book or several right up your alley among these new large print  purchases which should be here in 2-3 weeks.  We will let you know when they are on the shelf.  
    Meanwhile here are three other new large print books that should be on the shelves this coming Thursday and Friday, the 7th and 8th:

Flying U Ranch by B. M. Bower.  (Flying U series #2)  (4.4 stars on Amazon)  (One of the very few women western writers, Bertha "Muzzy" Bower was well received in the genre in the early part of the 20th century .  This book depicts the battles between cattle ranchers and sheep ranchers vying for the same grazing land.);

 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.   (no series)  (4.0 stars on Amazon)  (Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley bought her own and her son's freedom in 1860 and moved to Washington D. C.  [She is real person by the way.]  In the capitol she became the dressmaker to many ladies married to high-ranking politicos and military including Mary Anna Custis Lee (wife of General Robert E. Lee) and Varina Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis).  She also became the dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln and spent four years in the White House with her.  They became confidantes and friends, but there was some upset when Keckley wrote a book about the people for whom she sewed.  Still Keckley remained Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker almost to Mrs. Lincoln's death.  This book might address why  Keckley no longer worked for Mrs. Lincoln and other secrets of the times as depicted in Keckley's autobiography, Behind the Scenes:  30 years a Slave and Four Years in the White House written in 1868);  12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup.  (non-fiction)  (no series)  (4.6 stars from 2,084 readers on Amazon)  Solomon Northrup, born a free man in New York, was kidnapped by two circus workers and sold into slavery.  He worked for various slave owners in the cotton and sugar cane plantations of the south until 1853 when he was able to retain his freedom by writing friends in New York who paid for his freedom in 1853.  This narrative was written in the same year.  The original of this story is in the public domain and can be down-loaded or listened to free of charge if you make sure you get the public domain issue.)
Finley Library has so many good books; a person could read two books a week and not even come close to reading them all!  I know because I try to do that!  Come in and check us out!  Remember we are open Thursday from 6:30-8:00 P.M. and Fridays from 2:00-5:00 P.M.  (Sorry there is no room for other reviews this week.)  

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