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By: Kim Akers
The number one book this week at the Quincy Public Library is A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley. When Lady Patience Jordan unexpectedly finds herself a widow, all she wants to do is return to her family and her beloved West Indian home with her infant son. Instead she finds herself separated from her son and thrown into Bedlam by her husband’s devious Uncle Markham so that he can take control of her son’s inheritance. Patience escapes and pretends to be a footman so she can check on her son. But when her son’s true guardian, the Duke of Repington, shows up to take over Hamlin Hall, he fires all of the current staff in an effort to weed out those loyal to the corrupt Markham. So Patience simply gets herself rehired as the boy’s nanny and wet nurse so she can be even closer to her son, all while looking for her personal papers which will allow her to return to her homeland with her son. She doesn’t count on the Duke’s unswerving dedication to his new ward or his perception as he quickly figures out parts of her deception. While the two may be united in their commitment to the welfare of her son, they struggle to find common ground amidst their growing attraction especially when Markham is still waiting for his chance to cause even more trouble. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby is the latest historical romance from Riley, and the first in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series.
Despite such achievements as presiding over the end of the Vietnam War, the desegregation of schools, the moon landing, and improving relations with China, Richard Nixon’s presidency will forever be remembered as one of scandal and shame. On August 9, 1974, Nixon became the first and only United States President to resign from office after Watergate. Where a lesser man might have faded into obscurity, Nixon spent some time working on his memoirs, which later became a bestseller, then began the long climb back to respectability. Thanks to his foreign relations while president, Nixon was still considered to be a trusted advisor and once again became an integral part of U. S. diplomacy as he traveled around the world meeting with foreign dignitaries. Presidential advisor and author Kasey S. Pipes takes a look at one of our most reserved presidents and respected elder statesman in the book After the Fall.
In his farewell address, President Ronald Reagan expressed concern for what he saw as ambivalence towards history and said, “If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of that – of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.” What he feared is coming to pass with the growing activism to erase not only those historic figures vital to the very foundation of American history, but also the basic values that the United States is based upon. The history of any nation is often ugly and bloody and full of concepts that while not acceptable now, were considered to be tolerable at the time. Those concepts, both good and bad, must be acknowledged and accepted as part of our history, and not erased by those who have the loudest voice but not the best intentions. Jarrett Stepman has penned an informative book on how a vocal minority is working to destroy the United States and rewrite its history. The War on History is an important read for every American.
Now that the Library is once again open to the public, we encourage you to stop by and check out your favorite materials. Of course, you can still download any of our digital materials, access streaming services, or utilize our databases from the comfort of your home. You can also place holds on materials any time of the day and pick them up at the Library or at one of our hold lockers.