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Dear Bookworks Bookworm

It's hot out there. Very, very hot. This is the time of the year I start praying for October so I don't have to think about keeping the weeds at bay and the flowers flowering. But I haven't given up on the idea that grabbing a book and stretching out under a shade tree is the way to go. I am hopeful pictures of people doing just that will inspire the same action on your part.

Speaking of what's hot and what's not, Dan Brown's latest book, The Lost Symbol, is in the literary news. Robert Langdon reappears once again as the unforgettable protagonist. Jason Kaufman, VP and Executive Editor at Doubleday has said: "Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This book's narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, Dan's readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises." (Knopf $29.95)

Knowing how wildly successful the Di Vinci Code was, we at Bookworks are encouraging you to reserve your copy now. We cannot offer it before the 15th of September which is the release date, but we can take names and numbers to make sure you are among the first to get a first edition copy.

The What's On Your Nightstand contributor is Elizabeth DuFrane. Liz moved to NM to be near her son, who was a UNM PhD candidate at the time. (He's now running the mass spectrometer lab at the U of Alberta in Edmonton). She is a READER, has overfilled bookcases, stacks of books by her bed and in several rooms proving that she has that "gentle madness." She is a retired RN living in Placitas in a home where she watches wild horses every day from her windows. Liz has lived all over the U.S. and in some European places following her late husband's career. All in all, she is quite happy in NM, has been capitvated by our history and thus is presently devoting her attention to several local authors.

I have added both Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout to my must read list based on Liz's reviews. I know you will feel the same as I do after reading what she has to say.

I need a contributor for next month's What On Your Nightstand! Please, one of you let me know what you are reading! This is a real opportunity to share your thoughts with people who understand and appreciate the value of a good book. E-mail me at Thanks!

Joanne Matzenbacher


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