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Book #3 in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series is in!

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“Good Night, Mr Wodehouse” by Faith Sullivan.  Fiction.  From Page 1 of this book’s Prologue: “In 1944, at age sixty-eight, Nell Stillman wrote her obituary.  (This despite perfectly good health.)  Years later, the new owner of the Standard Ledger published the piece in full:

In our town, the custom is that an obituary should be kind.  A kind word at the end is a little reward for dying.  Never mind that no one spoke well of you before death, nor will hence.  Death is a serious business– “The undiscover’d country from whose bourn no traveler returns” — and this one time you are owed.  But, frankly, Helen Ryan Stillman was no better than she should be.  So — contrary to custom — I will not reward her for dying…. ”  

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“They May Not Mean To, but They Do” by Cathleen Schine.  (Featured on NPR)

“From one of America’s greatest comic novelists, a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love.

The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don’t just grow, they grow old, and the clan’s matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy’s beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. And they didn’t count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids.

The New York Times–bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called “full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [ Jane] Austen’s own” (The New York Review of Books), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.”  -from amazon.com

Check this book out and many others at the Oshkosh Public Library!

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