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At the Library: Library offers fun, free programs throughout November

By Staff | Nov 3, 2010

Remember to save 4:30 Wednesday afternoons during November to enjoy November Novelties at the Captiva Memorial Library! This fall series will feature art, author presentations and book signings and a foreign film. All events are free of charge. For information about upcoming presenters, read this column each week, stop by or call the library at 533-4890.

On Nov. 6, at noon in the Captiva Civic Association’s meeting room, there will be a special Captiva Memorial Library Board presentation and unveiling of four pieces of Mabel Stamper’s art work donated to the Board by the Robert Onan family. Anyone interested is invited to attend this very special event.

Children are invited to the library on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., to enjoy “Tales of Bravery” featuring “Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight”. Come join the fun and make a friendly dragon craft.

These insightful new titles are waiting to be discovered:

Wait for Me! Memoirs by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire

“Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, “How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.” Deborah’s effervescent memoir, Wait for Me!, chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life would change utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married Kick Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy. Wait for Me!, with its intense warmth and charm, is a unique portrait of an age, and an unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England. It is irresistible reading, and will join the shelf of Mitford classics to delight readers for years to come. Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the sister of Nancy, Pamela, Tom, Diana, Unity, and Jessica Mitford. She is a past president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England and of the Royal Smithfield Club. She is the author of Counting My Chickens.” *

William and Harry by Katie Nicholl

“A fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, into the twenty-first century and on whom the future of the House of Windsor largely depends. Drawing on her unique set of contacts Katie Nicholl recounts the royal brothers’ extraordinary lives and reveals William and Harry’s real characters as they become front-line soldiers and modern princes. Through her network of sources, some of which have agreed to speak for the very first time, Katie tells the story of one of Prince William’s earliest romances, and his struggle with his destiny as a future King of England. As a royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton seems more probable, Katie has spoken to a wealth of contacts close to the couple who reveal how their love affair really started at St Andrews, the hurdles the pair overcame and the challenges they still face. She recounts the story of Harry’s time at Eton, his relationship with Chelsy Davy, and his three months he spent on the front line in Afghanistan. She analyses William and Harry’s complex relationship with their father, and the woman who will one day become Queen Camilla. She talks to their friends, contemporaries and confidants to paint a unique and revealing portrait of the two most famous brothers in the world. Katie Nicholl has been writing about the British Royal Family for nearly a decade. She is the Royal Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday where she also edits her incredibly popular and respected eponymous weekly column of which Prince Harry is a regular reader. In conjunction with her successful print career, Katie also works as a commentator on Sky News, the BBC, and CBS in America. She lives with her husband in North London.” *

Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers by Adriana Trigiani

“The perfect gift–the beloved New York Times bestselling author shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two grandmothers: time-tested common sense advice on the most important aspects of a woman’s life, from childhood to old age. New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s gift for illuminating the profound challenges and issues defining women’s lives has propelled her novels to the top of bestseller lists and earned her a wide, devoted readership. Now, she shares the roots of those insights–the wisdom handed down to her from her unforgettable grandmothers, Lucia and Viola, which she began collecting for her own daughter–with readers everywhere. Filled with practical, sage advice, and infused with Trigiani’s trademark warmth, love, and humor, Don’t Sing at the Table introduces a pair of feisty, intelligent, and strong forces of nature whose lives embody the story of 20th-century America itself. Between them, the extraordinary Lucia and Viola lived through the century from beginning to end, surviving immigration, young widowhood, single motherhood, four wars, and the Great Depression. Culled from their remarkable experiences this heartfelt guide, at turns hilarious and poignant, offers answers to the seminal questions in a woman’s life, from getting married to saving money, nurturing the soul to keeping calm in a crisis, raising children to finding private comfort. Encouraging her readers to take risks but to play it smart, to follow their hearts while keeping their heads, Don’t Sing at the Table is essential for anyone who has wished they could turn to someone older and wiser to ask, ‘How did you do it?’ “

* Indicates book jacket/publisher description