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Tuesday's Promise

This book is the followup to Luis Carlos Montalvan's bestseller, Until Tuesday.  In that book Montalvan, a captain in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq, shared his struggles with PTSD and how Tuesday, a golden retriever, came into his life.  Tuesday's Promise, continues the story of their amazing bond and how service dogs have helped veterans, soldiers and other individuals with disabililites.  The two of them have traveled throughout the United States spreading their message.  Tragically, just before this book went to press, Montalvan took his life.  To hear this is a shock since in one of the book's chapters he reflected on Tuesday's aging and what that would mean for both of them. Luis wrote "most likely I will outlive Tuesday."  He talked about the Rainbow Bridge, where pets wait for their owners to join them.  This time it would be Luis waiting for Tuesday.  In the next chapter, he tells the reader that the process of acquiring a new dog, Promise has been started.  An afterword in the book lets readers know that Tuesday is living with the individual who trained him for Luis and who had also been training his new dog, Promise.  A powerful read.

Jeff Gordon Biography

Jeff Gordon by Joe Garner

All NASCAR fans should pick up Jeff Gordon's biography, "Jeff Gordon: his dream drive & destiny."  Not only a great read, but also full of color photos of Jeff's life from a kid starting out as a midget driver to his retirement in 2015.  This reader wasn't aware that his stepfather started him in racing at the age of 5.  Eventually he was outracing kids twice his age and parents were accusing his parents of rigging his race vehicle.  Readers follow Jeff on his journey from California to Indiana, sprint cars to stock cars, Davis Racing to Hendrick Racing.  A chapter is also devoted to his charity work.  Readers don't just see Jeff Gordon, the racer, but also Jeff Gordon, the person.  Recommended read.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

 

In 1940, the men of Chilbury head off to the war and the vicar's edict is that the "village choir is to close."  Prim, a professor of music, insists that the choir reform as a ladies' choir.  The community finds this scandalous, but there other things going on in the community that town folk focus on.  There is the brigadier who hires a midwife to swap his baby girl for a boy and his daughter has an interest in an mysterious artist who comes to town.  Lives are further changed after a bomb hits the community.  The author, Jennifer Ryan, tells the story in the form of diaries and letters in the voices of the female characters.  The Chilbury Ladies' Choir is recommended by a staff member and will be available in February, so place a hold to get your copy.

 

The German Girl

"The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, is at its core a story about families. An epic that transcends time and space, the narrative alternates between Hannah, a Jewish 12-year-old fleeing Nazi Germany with her parents, and Anna, a 12-year-old living in present day America, who is just discovering not only her great Aunt Hannah's story, but the histories of her own grandfather and father, as well. Beautifully written, Correa's tale connects tragic events across time and place, as well, and brings to light little known bits of history. Work camps in Cuba for "undesirables" like Jehovah's Witnesses mirror camps in Europe during WWII, and the plight of the 900 asylum seekers aboard the SS St. Louis, turned away from port after port, is all too resonant with events of today. Readers of historical fiction, and those with interest in WWII, Cuban history, or even current events will find this book engaging, heart-rending, and yet still at times light hearted thanks to the youthfulness and strength of the protagonists.  And everyone else would do well to read it too. Highly recommended for all collections." Jean Ward, Reviewer, Ingram Library Services

 

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