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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9B ; ARTS AND E,NTERTAINMENT ()n the fact ,00nd fiction of farmily WELCOME, GENT R.EADr "The Time of My Life" by Patrick Swayze with Lisa Niemi members, including his father and a sister who committed suicide-- also, the death of a loving dog who had become like a child to the childless couple. Through all this, his wife, Lisa, stood by him most of the time. She was probably a ma- jor factor in his being able to surmount those difficulties. As he wrote his autobiogra- phy, he was t-,hting the great- est battle of his life: pancreatic cancer. The book was published in ?.10, so I do not know the lab est on this titanic struggle. Salvatore Taylorsville/Northridge Editor&apos;s note: Swayze died in 2009. "Defending Jacob" by William Landay I picked up Swayze's autobi- ography from Quincy library. Ionly knew Swayze as the star of one of my favorite movies, "GhosL" In his book, he takes read- ers from his rough and tumble clfildhood in Texas to some of his last days at his ranch out- side Los Angeles, Rancho Bizarro. As a dance teacher and choreographer, his mother made him a dancer at a young age. Early on, he fought to prove his mz.gcl]iinity, which was the fh'st of many chal- lenges he faced during his 57 years. He overcame physical in- juries, emotional crises, drinking problems, marital problems, insecurities and the deaths of beloved family becomes a community pariah. Testifying before a grand ju- ry, Barber-- who is adamant that Jacob is innocent -- tells a father's stow through flash- backs. Landay weaves his tale of embattled family and its social ostracism, providing a glimpse of Barber's cam- palling battle against his wife's growing doubt in Ja- cob's innocence, as well as his own. Barber believes, as a fa- ther must, that his son has been wrongly accused. Andy continues to believe, even to the bitter end. "Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients" by Ray Moynihan, et aL How's that working for ya?" According to the authors: It's working very well because the industry is busily invent- ing new drugs for health, as well as lowering treatment thresholds and loosening diag- nostic criteria to increase its market. In other words: sell more pills to more people. The authors studied a num- ber of health conditions: hy- pertension, high cholesterol, Type II diabetes, depression, menopause, etc. and discuss how statistics and seemingly downright collusion with physicians and the FDA result in more people taking more medicine, perhaps unneces- sarily. The authors make a decent argument, but it is a repetitive one. Dividing the chapters by medical condition, they out- Brooks follows the history and survival of the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the earliest illuminated Jewish texts. Christians, Muslims and Jews from Spain to Italy and finally to Sarajevo, protect the text from the Inquisition, fee and war. Called to Sarajevo to con- serve the text, rare book ex- pert Hanna Heath discovers tantalizing clues to the Hag- gadah's histow. Brooks uses the fictional people who creat- ed, cared for and preserved the book to tell its journey from 1480 outside of Seville to war-torn Bosnia in 1997, Anyone who loves books, es- pecially rare ones, will be fas- cinated by the art and science of book conservation. Mona Meadow Valley I WILLIAM LANDAY eo,meaeovor0 over. As a result, the book is "The Glass Castle" more than a little shrill and by Jeannette Walls boring. After about three ]DEF mwmm00l'00 i 0000oread dition that interests you and My advice is to pick the Omyour thatdoctor.Chapter. Oh, and talk |" ......... ........... G LTHA S .................... S ARETURHING "People of the Book" USALLINTO by Geraldine Brooks m.E00, ..... "LL  First Assistant District Attar- prices. I mean, really, why ney Andy Barber is in the thick of the investigation. When a classmate's Face- book comment turns the in- vestigation's focus on his son Jacob, the DA naturally re- moves Barber from the cos and he, with his wife and son, take an antisrake drug or ask for more information about it if one of its side effects is in- creased risk of stroke? Vaguely I understood that the pharmaceutical industry was trying to drwe business its way, but I wondered, Epilog Books hosts John Probst Saturday, May 26 Author John Probst will be at Epilog Books In Quin- cy at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, to sign copiea of his new novella tiffed "Scenes From Childhood." This is Probst's fifth novel and is intended for a mature audience. The new book begins with a prologue explaining, "The following narrations are true stories from my child- hood, in which, because of the acts, words or deeds of adults, I was jolted into the world of adults where I learned of violence, alco- holism, physical and sexual abuse and racial prejudice. This was a time when such things were never men- tioned in public and seldom in private. The stories are true." Each narrative is ended by one or more epilogues that describe what happened to a character within the previous stow, or how since those past years society has changed or accepted what was never mentioned. Local artist Johnna Griggs painted the portrait of "childhood innocence" on the cover, and the book was locally printed by Feather Publishing Co. Inc. Copies of Probst's previ- ous novels will also be avail- able for sale and signing. Walls' engaging memoir be- gins in New York, where as a well-to-do young professional, she is mortified to pass her homeless mother digging through a Dumpster. Then we jump back in time to a de- scription of a severe burn she ...is what you'll get when you hove local agent Lori Jorgensen and Flonigan-Leovitt QS your insurance ::: agent/company. 'i:.::iii,: Ca# Lori or stop by :; :.:i! ',, the SusonHe ' 2:::qi;(ii}X Office. she'll be *, s, ,*zb;,! ;,';!:::!;;;:::i: yOU with : ; :  i.. i" 2 ff   ":.: f : 3"i ",. , your Ders onai f[i:,:,: inswance ij n= 'I Flanigan-Leavitt insurance Agency. Inc. .............. ...... : BREAKING NEWS Satscan Electronics ' PO Box 209, Quincy, CA 95971 * (530) 283-3800 Brings It Down To Earth sustained at age 3 while cook- - ing for herself unsupervised. : By this point, any reader ., even remotely interested in !, family dynamics will be ,, hooked on the glimpses Walls , allows us into her extraordi- nary childhood and adoles- c.xme. It would be easy to abel: her parents -- alcoholic, man- ic<lepressive, abusive, ne- glectful, emotionally unavail- able, irresponsible in the ex- treme- but Walls' sane, straightforward prose fore- stalls judgment. Yes, her father was anpre- dictable, couldn't hold a job ; and moved.the family, regular- ly on a moment's notice, lear- , ing everything behind that wouldn't fit in whatever bro- : ken-down (and unregistered) - car the family was currently using, but he was also highly . intelligent. The wisdom he shared with his children about thinking outside the box and valuing ideas and family ,, over materfal possessmns :.. rings true today. Walls' mother was wild and , erratic, couldn't keep her chil- dren fed or clothed and often : left them to their own devices. . Yet she also showed them how ,. vital it is to be passionate in , life and follow your dreams. When the facts of Walls' sto- ! W are taken on their own, they are shocking, horrifying, unconscionable  a voyeuris- tic look into a child welfare case file. But in her even- handed, unflinching retro- spection, the story becomes much more complex, reveal- ing the love along with the dysfunction. Of course Walls' case is extreme by any start- =. dards, but aren't all 1ires and !.! families products of this mix? il znri Butterfly Valle e b,P,#&.JIL JL. 'x t' Plumas nimal Welfare e . "=4 =oclety ,, .Z. z.I I we,,,.,.ot wonderful _ . .... KITTElgS a CATS! :Lur" i.s': i .l" to www.atspaws.petfinder.otg $0l 299 Main Street Chester I Pictured below is just a partial example. .pll "'- ! 131 StoneAve. Chester I i '.1 =s=z=. I , i i 1 i.o..-,=. = James Reichle .,,i 01 24.ou mBa smz ! 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