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Smoot to discuss ‘The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart’

By Staff | Feb 26, 2009

On Wednesday, March 4 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Captiva Memorial Library, join local author and historian Tom Smoot for a book talk and signing, brought to the Captiva Memorial Library Cultural Fest by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. A native and lifelong resident of Fort Myers, Smoot wrote “The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart.”

Other tomes tell the global account of Thomas Edison, the American icon named by Life magazine as the “Man of the Millennium.” Smoot offers a look at Edison’s life in his tropical retreat – his “jungle” – where for 46 years he and his bride sought refuge from the cold winters and the demanding lifestyle of his New Jersey home, laboratory, and business complex.

More Captiva Memorial Library Cultural Fest programs are coming during March, all at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information about upcoming events, stop by or call the library at 472-2133

There is a variety of fiction on the shelves waiting for you. Here are a few:

Lost Memoirs Of Jane Austen by Syrie James

“Many rumors abound about a mysterious gentleman said to be the love of Jane’s life – finally, the truth may have been found. What if, hidden in an old attic chest, Jane Austen’s memoirs were discovered after hundreds of years? What if those pages revealed the untold story of a life-changing love affair? That’s the premise behind this spellbinding novel giving us untold insights into her mind and heart. Jane Austen has given up her writing when, on a fateful trip to Lyme, she meets the well-read and charming Mr. Ashford, a man who is her equal in intellect and temperament. Inspired by the people and places around her, and encouraged by his faith in her, Jane begins revising Sense and Sensibility, a book she began years earlier, hoping to be published at last. Deft and witty, written in a style that echoes Austen’s own, this unforgettable novel offers a delightfully possible scenario for the inspiration behind this beloved author’s romantic tales irresistible to anyone who loves Jane Austen – and to anyone who loves a great story.” *

Last Cavalier by Alexandre Dumas

“Rousing, big, spirited, its action sweeping across oceans and continents, its hero gloriously indomitable, the last novel of Alexandre Dumas – lost for 125 years in the archives of the National Library in Paris – completes the oeuvre that Dumas imagined at the outset of his literary career. Indeed, the story of France from the Renaissance to his own era in the nineteenth century, as Dumas vibrantly retold it in his numerous enormously popular novels, has long-been absent one vital, richly historical era: the Age of Napoleon. But no longer. Now, dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap. The last cavalier is also Count de Sainte-Hermine – Hector – whose elder brothers and father have fought and died for the Royalist cause during the French Revolution. For three years, Hector has been languishing in prison when, in 1804, on the eve of Napoleon’s coronation as emperor of France, he learns what’s to be his due. Stripped of his title, denied the honor of his family name as well as the hand of the woman he loves, he is freed by Napoleon on the condition that he serve as a common soldier or ordinary seaman in the imperial forces. So it is in profound despair that Hector embarks on a succession of daring escapades as fearlessly he courts death. Yet again and again he wins glory – against brigands, bandits, the British; boa constrictors, sharks, tigers, crocodiles. And at the battle of Trafalgar it is his marksman’s bullet that fells the famed English admiral Lord Nelson.” *

Heart Of Oak: The Bolitho Series #27 by Alexander Kent

“After the war with France has ended in 1818, Captain Adam Bolitho is given command of the newly commissioned frigate Onward and sent to North Africa on a diplomatic mission to accompany the French frigate Nautilus in a show of solidarity.

He knows he is lucky – the voyage should be easy – but Adam longs for a chance to marry the beautiful Lowenna and settle down on the Bolitho estate in Cornwall.

Instead he must deal with the envy and ambition of his officers, hidden agendas among his men, and the former enemy’s proximity. Then the Nautilus becomes a sacrificial offering on the altar of Empire, and the hunt is on for a treacherous foe. Suddenly every man must discover for himself whether the brotherhood of the sea can transcend old hatreds and an ocean of blood.” *

Absolution by Miriam Herin

“Absolution is the story of Maggie Delaney, an idealistic wife and mother whose world implodes when her husband is murdered in a seemingly random act. When Maggie attempts to find out what really happened, her search leads her back to her Carolina roots and through the streets of modern-day Boston. In the jungles of Southeast Asia, she uncovers a legacy of secrets about the man she thought she knew – and the troubled world they shared as they came of age together.” *

Die With Me by Helena Forbes

“When 14-year-old Gemma Kramer’s broken body is found on the floor of St. Sebastian’s Church, the official ruling is that she jumped to her death from the organ gallery. But then a witness steps forward claiming to have seen Gemma kissing a much older man before the two disappeared into the church together. After the toxicology report comes back showing traces of GHB and alcohol in her system, a full-scale murder investigation is launched. At the helm is DI Mark Tartaglia, a stubborn cop known for following his hunches. It’s Tartaglia’s first time in charge, and he walks right into a political minefield as the investigation turns up three more suspicious deaths – all involving vulnerable young women falling from strange places, all initially ruled suicides. Bombarded with conflicting theories from the media, criminal profilers, and cautious administrators, Tartaglia and his detectives must connect the dots between victims to find a serial killer with a terrifying prediction for lonely girls and deadly heights.” *

* Indicates book jacket/publisher description