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Book Notes: Dec. 18, 2011

By Staff reports

Emotions of youth

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Linda Hankins of Hurricane has published a book titled "Feel Good Anyway, Adrian's Story" aimed at youth.

Each of the paperback book's 12 chapters deal with an emotion, beginning with afraid and moving on to jealousy, worry, blame, etc. There are fill-in-the-blank pages for each emotion.

The book begins with a young boy, Adrian, who is afraid to go to school because he might flunk Spanish. His mother leaves him a note, saying it's up to him whether he feels good and suggests he tries the fill-in-the-blank flowchart.

The about the author blurb says that the author "uses sentence completion to improve feeling thoughts, so daily living seems like floating down a gentle stream."

The book is $8.99 from Amazon, and $3.99 on Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Library holiday hours

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All libraries in the Kanawha County Public Library system will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1 and 2.

'Ugly' memoir

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Press has published "Ugly to Start With" by John Michael Cummings, a native of Harpers Ferry and author of the novel "The Night I Freed John Brown."

In his new book, Cummings uses his own childhood experiences in the story of a boy growing up in Harpers Ferry in the 1970s. According to WVU Press, the book "punctuates the exuberant highs, bewildering midpoints, and painful lows of growing up, and affirms that adolescent dreams and desires are often fulfilled in surprising ways."

"Ugly to Start With" is $16.99 and may be purchased at www.wvupress.com.


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