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November Smythie

The monthly e-newsletter of the Smyth Public Library
November, 2019
Volume 13, No.8

Announcing ~Friends of Smyth Public Library~
Easy Fall Baking Contest

1~Check out a Smyth Library baking pan
2~Bake something using it!
3~Send us a photo of the finished product by November 18.

You will be entered to win a prize in our random drawing!
Good Luck and Happy Baking!

See our full brochure of available pans at the Front desk!

Pan shapes include: bears, a cross, bunny, crown, flower, letters & numbers, monkey, Mickey Mouse, a football, big and small hearts, doughnuts, Holly Hobbie, Princess, Enchanted Castle, Dora the Explorer, Dinosaurs, Baseball player, Ladybug, Snowman, Christmas Tree.


Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook
Wednesday, November 13th at 6pm

Join us for this newly offered program!! In partnership With the New Hampshire Humanities, come learn how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

“How Much is it Worth?” Rare Book Appraisal Program with Ken Gloss of Boston’s Brattle Book Shop.
Tuesday, December 10 at 6 pm

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will discuss the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.
Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.
Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston. (Registration Required)


“How To Make Super Soups” with Marilyn Mills, RD,LD,CDE and Hannaford Supermarket Dietitian.
Thursday November 14th at 6 PM

Every wonder what makes a great soup? What’s the difference between stock and broth? What’s bone broth? When should I add spices or herbs to my soup? Attendees will receive a recipe book and soup recipes for Make your Own Ramen Soup, Morroccan Tomato Soup, Ginger Miso Soup, Easiest Pumpkin Soup. Tasting of Creamy Sweet Potato Hommus soup made 3 easy ingredients to “Wow” your friends. Come learn deliciously ways to warm your way into winter with these satisfying comfort meals.
(Please register and signup)

Ed.’s note: When I was a child, my mother always fed me alphabet. She thought I loved it, but she was just putting words in my mouth.

“How To” Painting class with Currier Museum of Art instructor and Candia native, Holly Rousseau
Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm

In this beginner level class, students will begin by exploring autumn landscapes from the Currier Museum of Art permanent collection. Led by an Art Center instructor, students will then create their own autumnal scenes in watercolor paints and oil pastels.

If you have a special talent you’d like to share, please see Heidi at the front desk

Check out our monthly calendar on our website for all our events and programs.

New on our shelves…

New Fiction…

The truth is a theory Bristol, Karyn
A dog’s promise Cameron, W. Bruce
Imaginary friend Chbosky, Stephen
Blue moon: a Jack Reacher novel Child, Lee
The night fire Connelly, Michael
A book of bones Connolly, John
Quantum Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.
The deserter Demille, Nelson
The extraordinary life of Sam Hell Dugoni, Robert
Lethal agent: a Mitch Rapp novel Mills, Kyle
The shape of night: a novel Gerritsen, Tess
The Guardians Grisham, John
What happens in paradise: a novel Hilderbrand, Elin
The world that we knew Hoffman, Alice
Fear the dark Hooper, Kay
You don’t want to know Jackson, Lisa
Defectors: a novel Kanon, Joseph
This tender land Krueger, William Kent
Agent Running in the Field Le Carré, John
To the land of long lost friends McCall Smith, Alexander
The giver of stars Moyes, Jojo
The 19th Christmas Patterson, James
Bloody genius Sandford, John
The grammarians Schine, Cathleen
Child’s play: a novel Steel, Danielle
A cruel deception: a Bess Crawford mystery Todd, Charles
Girls on fire: a novel Wasserman, Robin
The Christmas spirits on Tradd street White, Karen
Stealth Woods, Stuart

New Non-Fiction…

The library book Orlean, Susan
The happiness project: or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun Rubin, Gretchen Craft
Betrayal in Berlin: the true story of the Cold War’s most audacious espionage operation
Vogel, Steve
Circle of greed: the spectacular rise and fall of the lawyer who brought corporate America to its knees Dillon, Patrick,
The man who played with fire: Stieg Larsson’s lost files and the hunt for an assassin Stocklassa, Jan,
Super human: the bulletproof plan to age backward and maybe even live forever Asprey, Dave.
Maybe you should talk to someone: a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed Gottlieb, Lori
Principles Dalio, Ray
Lily Chin’s crochet tips & tricks: shortcuts and techniques every crocheter should know
Chin, Lily M.
Life will be the death of me: and you, too! Handler, Chelsea
Belichick: the making of the greatest football coach of all time O’Connor, Ian
China in another time Lintilhac, Claire Malcolm.
40 sonnets Paterson, Don,
Three days at the brink: FDR’s daring gamble to win World War II Baier, Bret
An album of memories: personal histories from The greatest generation Brokaw, Tom
Agents of influence: a British campaign, a Canadian spy, and the secret plot to bring America into World War II Hemming, Henry
The greatest fury: the battles for New Orleans and the rebirth of America Davis, William C.

New Books on CD…

Bed rest CD (6) Bilston, Sarah
Book of the dead CD (11) Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.
The guardians CD (10): a novel Grisham, John
What happens in paradise CD (8) Hilderbrand, Elin
Agent running in the field CD(8): [a novel] Le Carre, John,
THE 19TH CHRISTMAS CD (6) Patterson, James
The Thomas Berryman number CD (6) Patterson, James
Bloody genius CD (9) Sandford, John
The last widow CD (13) Slaughter, Karin
The Angels of Morgan Hill CD (5) VanLiere, Donna
Stealth CD(7) Woods, Stuart

New Video…

Spider-man: DVD 1206 [PG13] — Far from home /
Dumbo DVD 1207 [PG]
Hocus pocus DVD 1208 [PG]
The pilgrim’s progress DVD 1209A [PG] Thorpe, David
Yesterday DVD 1210 [PG13]
Aladdin DVD 1211 [PG]
Avengers DVD AVG4 [PG13] — Endgame /
The last song DVD 1212 [PG]
Twister DVD 1213 [PG13]
Enemy at the gates DVD 1214 [R]
Hostage DVD 1215 [R]

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Tip from the front desk

How to Start a Book Group~
Begin at Smyth Public Library, the local café or your own home!
Rules?~ “It’s important to have a set of rules, even if over time they kind of disintegrate,” says David Peplow, a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in England who has done multiyear ethnographies of book groups. Make your guiding principles answer basic questions: What kind of books will you read? How will books be chosen? Where will you meet? How will you make sure everyone who wants to talk gets a chance to? Peplow believes that literary fiction and memoirs tend to prompt the most engaged conversations.

Begin?~Start meetings by going around the room, letting each person share some reaction to the reading. Rotate who chooses the book.
Where?~They met in a variety of locales, including pubs, homes and libraries. Most meetings included alcohol and food. “There’s nothing wrong with lubricating the wheels of conversation a little bit,” Peplow says.
Length?~Meetings should last around one to two hours; aim to spend at least 45 minutes of that time discussing the book.
Who?~To avoid devolving into all non-book-related socializing, invite some people who are not already fast friends. Consider including a few devil’s-advocate types, or at least those with divergent tastes. “You get the best discussions when people actively disagree,” Peplow says. Don’t try to talk like an English professor (unless, of course, you are one).
Why?~Nonacademic reading lets you experience literature in an emotionally raw way, enabling you to conflate real life with the text (literary theorists call this “mimetic reading”). A book group can become a sort of group therapy, a way for readers to collectively process their lives. When Peplow asked readers why they joined a book group in one-on-one interviews, many said they wanted to talk with others about books. But when he read through transcripts from dozens of hours of recorded group meetings, it became clear that they were grappling to understand themselves more deeply. “Reading and talking about fiction gives people a way of processing things that happened in their lives in a relatively safe space,” Peplow says.
Excerpts from Malia Wollan online 9/13/18

Smyth Public Library has two monthly book clubs, one typically Thursday evenings at 7 pm, and a new one forming on Thursday mornings at 11 am.
Feel free to join either one or start a new one of your own.
We are happy to supply the books for you, just let us know ahead of time and we’ll secure a stack for you to share with your new group.
Another idea is to start one in your own family and here’s why:

Reading aloud to your children brings lasting benefits beyond language

You’ve heard the advice before: Read to your young children to give them a jump on language and reading skills. Turns out, that’s not the end of the story. In a study of 450 families, children whose parents read aloud to them regularly from birth to 5 years old had better attention spans than kids who didn’t have story time. They were also less likely to be hyperactive and to act out. That is, they weren’t as prone to take their anger out on the world around them through, for example, aggression, disobedience, and destruction of property. These benefits lasted for up to a year and a half after parents no longer read aloud to their children routinely. One can assume they all lived happily ever after.
Excerpt by Sonya Collins 9/18

Heidi Deacon, Director

Try out our new “Volunteer Your World” ideas at Smyth Public Library. Visit our Volunteer Your World Page

Coloring night for all ages, all supplies provided, Fridays 6-7 pm

Writers’ group
On hold for the Fall, but taking signups for when the group reconvenes
The Smyth Public Library hosts a gathering of writers once or twice a month where we work together on timed writing exercises using prompts and other sources of inspiration. The writing periods will be followed by sharing some of the work with each other. The goal of the group is to loosen up and get the pen moving on paper. We don’t seek to have a finished work by the end of the session and you don’t need to arrive with a finished piece of writing to share. The writer’s group is a place to meet with other writers and to flex your writing muscles. Please come ready with a writing medium of your choice: paper and pen/pencil, computer, tablet, etc.

Drop In Family Game Nights!!
First Friday of every month at 6:30

Knitting & Crochet Circle
Help with the cap, blanket, and scarf charity project, work on your own items, or just come to learn. Call Lisa 587-0603 for more info.
Third Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm

Monthly Lego Night!
EVERY third Friday 6:30-7:30 for all ages.

Family Movie Night
Friday, November 22, 6:00 p.m.

“The Lion King”rated PG

Did you Know???

Brought to you by the Friends of the Smyth Public Library
The Little Free Library is up and running at the CYAA complex – anyone can take advantage!

In theGallery…

Art to Honor Veterans Day
By the Henry W. Moore School Students

Our art gallery and (locked) glass case is always available for the works of local artists. Just see Heidi at the front desk to display your works

#2 Did you Know???

Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was a one-man library-funding machine. The wealthy industrialist donated $55 million—or $1.6 billion in today’s dollars—between 1886 and 1919 to open an astonishing 2509 libraries worldwide, including 1679 in the United States.

Now! 2 groups! 2 times!
How about sharing your thoughts on a book at the friendly monthly book discussion group?

Wednesday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Thursday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m.
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Extra titles of this book are available at the front desk

Past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.

Library Assets…

Smyth Public Library is now offering home delivery of library materials for any Candia community residents in need. Please contact us for a registration form for this service or use the link to a form to fill out on our website.

The library is proud to now offer The Healing Library; reading kits to aid with coping with difficult situations. We offer The Death of a Loved One, The Death of a Pet, plus Alzheimer’s & Your Family. These are located in the children’s room, along with books relating to each topic. The kits are available now for check out.

Digital Movies, Music and More –Instantly Available –24/7 –Free with your Library Card!
Movies, TV,Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!
With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.
It just works! On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.

Smyth Library Patrons Now Have Access to Kanopy featuring more than 30,000 Films, For Free!
Library card holders can access Kanopy and view up to four films per month. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Don’t forget – you can always borrow our internet hot spot, telescope and newly offered Ukulele and a dozen baking pans!

Making Your Life Easy:
By going to our website, you can search our entire catalogue for books, CD’s, DVD’s and movies. Once found, you can check to see if what you want is in. If so, just to our website and reserve the book. The next time you come in, it will be waiting for you at the front desk. WITH OUR NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DO IT WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!
PLUS!! Check out our website updates and Smyth Library’s Public Catalog featuring:

– A crawl of new items.
– “What’s Hot” now covers several choices.
-“Most Popular” titles (a combination of checkouts and reserves are used to determine this list).
– “More Search Options” includes Medium that lets members search by DVD or Large Print, etc.
More Research Options:

Full text articles from thousands of magazines, journals and national newspapers, plus NoveList. Call or e-mail us and provide your name and your library card number, and we’ll give you the password.
Smyth Library has available:
The Candia Heritage Commission is pleased to announce the acquisition of a valuable historical resource, bound volumes of the Rockingham County News encompassing the years 1978-1998. A two week loan of a volume can be arranged by contacting Sis Richter 483-2585, president of the Historical Society or Diane Philbrick 483-8239, chair of the Heritage Commission.

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Downloadable Books!!!!
Ipods and Kindles work and you can
Order right from our website!

Kids’ Stuff…
Check out our monthly calendar for children on the Children’s tab on our website.

Book Clubs!
Magic Tree House Book Club (K-2)-Third Thursday 3pm, November 21
Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

Also, possible future Cookbook Book Club and other book clubs for middle graders on Thursdays at 4pm, if interest.

STEM Club (K-4)
Combined Math and Science
Second Thursday 3pm; November 14
Theme: Electricity and Snap Circuits

Art Club (K-4)
First Thursday 3pm
First Meeting: November 7
Theme: Fall portraits

Creative Craft Club (K-4)
Fourth Thursday 3pm; Canceled for Holiday
Theme: Happy Thanksgiving

Candia Conservation Kids with Judi Lindsey on First or Third Monday at 3pm

Please Sign Up at the Front Desk

Starting in October on the Second and Fourth Thursdays at 5pm.

Book Club for Teens by Teens!
You pick the title, the time, and we pick up the pizza!
Join Abigail, Gabi and Talia for pizza and ice cream!

Thursday, November 14 at 5 pm and every second Thursday at 5 pm
Reading: The end and other beginnings : stories from the future by Veronica Roth
Teen Creative Club-Third Thursday at 5 pm, November 21
(please sign up at the Front Desk!)

Smyth Public Library presents:
Free Math Tutoring available with weekly drop in sessions Tuesdays from 4-6 pm.
With Candia resident, Scott Hewitt, retired Math teacher and current instructor at community college.
For all ages and abilities with help from Arithmetic to Calculus.
Starting in December-sessions at library by appointment.

Baby—Preschool children-
Stories, games, crafts, music, puppets
During Thursday Story Time 10 a.m.

NOW presenting two Storytimes:
Thursdays, 10 am with Jessica
Thursdays, 6 pm with Linda
Preschoolers and babies welcomed
CANDIA MOMS-MOMMY & ME GROUP: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (October 8th – Nov 26th)
The Smyth Public Library Meeting Room
**entrance will be through the side meeting room door
FREE to any Mom or Mom-To-Be who lives in Candia.
**Registration is required – there are limited spaces available**

SIGN-UPS: Please email Carol at:
**Please include: Your name, your cell number, number of children and their ages.**

– This is a non-profit FREE group that was created on a volunteer basis, to provide moms and babies a safe place to meet and socialize, seek advice, etc.
– Siblings are welcome, however, this group is geared towards babies age 0-18 months.
-You are welcome to bring your own coffee, tea and snacks.
-This group will run for 8 weeks and take a break for the holidays.

Second Friday, 6:00 p.m.
We break out our snap circuits! Build exciting projects including computer interfaced experiments and solar cell applications. Build over 175 exciting projects now with lights. All new kits and all ages welcome! Check our Facebook page for some cool snap circuit projects.

1000 BOOKS before Kindergarten
Personal memory registers and book bags are available for parents.

New books for children…
The Christmas story: according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke from the King James Bible
The seven days of Kwanzaa
Explorers Cordell, Matthew
How much is a little girl worth? Denhollander, Rachael
The magician’s hat Mitchell, Malcolm,
Come next season Norman, Kim
If I ran the zoo Seuss, Dr
Home in the woods Wheeler, Eliza

New books for juni ors…
White bird: a wonder story Palacio, R. J
Fortnite — Beginner’s guide / Gregory, Josh,
Torpedoed: the true story of the World War II sinking of “The Children’s Ship”
Heiligman, Deborah
Remarkables Haddix, Margaret Peterson
The star shepherd Haring, Dan,
The magic misfits: the minor third Harris, Neil Patrick
Master of the phantom isle Mull, Brandon
Max Einstein: rebels with a cause Patterson, James
Look both ways: a tale told in ten blocks Reynolds, Jason
The last dragon Riley, James Whitcomb
Two cats to the rescue Watson, Tom
From the Junior Shelves~

Max Einstein: Rebels With A Cause
(Max Einstein #2)
by James Patterson
Chris Grabenstein
Beverly Johnson (Illustrations)

“A fast-paced, science-filled caper.” –The Wall Street JournalMax Einstein is the first and only children’s adventure series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Max Einstein’s typical day is not your average 12-year-old’s. She…- TEACHES classes at a New York college- Dodges KIDNAPPING attempts with her best friends- Goes on SECRET MISSIONS for her billionaire boss- Has a MYSTERIOUS CONNECTION to Albert EinsteinJust a day in the life of the Change Makers Institute’s top agent! What does an Irish town and a village in India have in common? A water crisis that only a group of kid geniuses can fix! Max and her CMI friends attempt to use their smarts to find solutions, but it’s hard to save the world when you’re trying not to be kidnapped! A greedy corporation with an eye on capturing Max seems to know their every move. It’s almost like the bad guys have a spy inside the Change Makers…

New books for young adults…
Ricochet: a novel Berla, Kathryn,
The last true poets of the sea Drake, Julia,
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse Eason, K.

From the Young Adult Shelves~

The Last True Poets of the Sea
by Julia Drake

The Larkin family isn’t just lucky—they persevere. At least that’s what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn’t drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

But wrecks seem to run in the family. Tall, funny, musical Violet can’t stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family’s missing piece – the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes-and the bridges she builds along the way-may be the start of something like survival.

Trivia Time!

Every month we ask a trivia question. If you know the answer, drop it off at the front desk or e-mail it here. We will randomly select the winner from the correct answers and the WINNERwill win ONE FREE WEEK of OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY ON ONE BOOK

Last month’s question and answer:
Q. Which novel opens and closes with letters of Robert Walton?
A. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein opens with four letters Robert Walton writes to his sister Margaret Saville. The reasoning behind the letters is three-fold: to let his sister know of his safety, his intent, and of the story he comes to hear from Victor.
No Winner!

This Month’s Trivia Question:

Early in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice shrinks down to a very small size and then has to swim through a river of what?

From the New and Recent Shelves~
We (being I) are always looking for contributors to this reviews section. The editor has a limited range of taste, so any reviews would be more than welcomed. Just e-mail them in reply to this, or to
I admit to a rather limited taste in reading materials. I generally eschew science fiction, fantasy and what are euphemistically referred to as “chic books”. I realize this is a deficiency in not only me, but the “From the New and Recent Shelves” section of “The Smythie”.
I may therefore resort to pilfering reviews from for a book at times to widen the breadth of this service. I’d much rather have a contributing reviewer (or twelve). If you’ve read a book you’ve loved, please shoot me a review so we can enjoy a more personal perspective.


This is an excellent retelling of THE ILIAD. As a small village in Greece is occupied by the Germans and being bombed by the British, a teacher takes her children into the cave used as a bomb shelter. There, she mesmerizes them with her retelling of the ILIAD. The telling is great as are the setups and analyses by the little boy narrator, who experiences war firsthand as well.

The author tells us in his note that he considers Homer’s work the ultimate anti-war book and, in his retelling, it resonates as such.

More Fiction…

It is the rare suspense/thriller/mystery that develops a main character. Mr. Barclay not only develops a main character, but several others as well in this novel. He weaves their lives – and mysteries – masterfully.

Beyond the characters, the plot is excellent. It centers around a serial killer who hacks into elevators – with technology, not axes. What a great and chilling centerpiece. Barclay leads the reader on a twisting ride of events and suspects.

This is a masterly crafted thriller. Hold on for a good ride with a set of interesting characters.


Lou D’Allesandro – Lion of the New Hampshire Senate: Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls by Mark C. Bodanza, Lou D’Allesandro (Editor)

There may have been little to predict the trajectory of Lou’s life in politics from his youthful school days, but the whole of the New Hampshire State Senator’s life has been one filled with surprise and the unexpected. Lou’s story is a compelling one. It demonstrates that all things are possible and even more importantly the value of genuine relationships based on trust and service. Lou’s political acumen is an example of hard work and not of advanced polls or fancy metrics – something earned, one conversation, one handshake at a time. His story is noteworthy, especially for a country in which leadership is more important than ever. From the challenges and opportunities of youth, and through the vagaries of politics and higher education experienced in later years, Lou D’Allesandro has faced a wide variety of circumstances during a colorful lifetime. Mix in his role as power broker in the Nation’s first Presidential Primary and you have a story with little to compare. Goodreads

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I hope you have enjoyed this edition. Comments, suggestions and, of course, reviews are always welcomed.
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