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James Patterson – That Man Can Write!

By Georgie Jackson

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Some people may say James Patterson isn’t a serious writer, but look at his book sales. His books have sold more than 400 million copies, and he was the first person tao sell 1 million  ebooks. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes‘s list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million. Sometimes he writes a novel solo, sometimes he co-writes with a multitude of others including former President Bill Clinton and singer Dolly Parton. If the book has his name on the cover, they just fly off the book store shelves. For example, in 2012 James signed a deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and 6 for young adults by the end of the year! Does he sleep? 

James was born in New York state and graduated summa cum laude with both a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. He published his first novel in 1976 and has been on the roll ever since. He married his wife Susan in 1997, and has one son, Jack. Maybe because Jack was not a good reader growing up, James has donated over $850,000 to child-reader programs and organizations to make reading exciting and interesting.

Recently our POA Library “inherited” several boxes of James Patterson books. As you can see from the photos, they cover every aspect of his long career: stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction, and romance, middle school novels, and of course Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, and Private series. 

Years ago I saw an Alex Cross made-for-TV movie, and I thought the script was very well written, if only a little too rough for my reading tastes. However, the Women’s Murder Series was superb. What a great idea to blend 4 women in careers that complement each other and can work together to solve murders! I will be very interested in reading the Dolly Parton/James Patterson book Run, Rose, Run. Dolly must have enjoyed writing her part of the book enough that she then wrote the music and lyrics to a new CD based on the book’s theme.

From now until the end of July, we will have lots of Patterson books for you to enjoy. After that we’ll have to cull out the older novels, due to space limitations. Enjoy!

John Sandford, the “Prey” man

By Georgie Jackson

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My husband and I, along with our three daughters, lived in MN for 30 years. For 25 years we lived in the southern half of the state, reading the St. Paul Pioneer Press each day. One of the fine writers for the paper was John Camp. John was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 78 years ago. 

After college, he started writing for the Miami Herald, and then moved to Minneapolis and wrote for the St. Paul Pioneer Post. While there in 1980, he was a Pulitzer finalist for a series about Native Americans, and in 1986 he won the Pulitzer for Feature Writing based on a year-long series “Life on the Land: An American Farm Family” (during the Midwest farm crisis). 

By 1989, he left the Pioneer Press and began writing novels full time. He took the name Sandford (his grandmother’s maiden name) at the request of his publisher. His “Prey” series with Lucas Davenport is by far the most popular of his 3 series. Two others are the “Kidd” and “Virgil Flowers” series. Anyone who has lived in southern MN or western WI will recognize many of the Prey book locations.

John was married to his wife Susan for 41 years; they had two children and three grandchildren. Susan died in 2007 from breast cancer. Seven years later he married Michele Cook. Michele is also a journalist and writer. She has edited all of John’s books since 2010. They have also collaborated on a “Singular Menace,” a three book series for middle to high school students.

John is also an avid painter and photographer, many of which have been published in magazines and journals. He does not show his painting however. He loved sports, including skiing, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and golf. He and Michele now live between Santa Fe, New Mex. and Hayward, WI. 

Fairfield Harbour is teeming with libraries!

By Georgie Jackson

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You may be familiar with the POA Library in the Activity Building, but did you know we also have two other smaller libraries in that building? They are the Yacht Club Library and the Garden Club Library. Both are housed now in Room 3 of the Activity Building, their permanent home.

You may borrow any books, journals, biographies, or fiction from any of the rooms whether or not you are a member of the Yacht Club or Garden Club. The other group who continues to use the same space is a coffee group. You may see them when you want to find out about a wild flower that is in your garden. If by chance, you have an extra bookcase about the same height as the Yacht Club shelves, please consider donating it to the Yacht Club Library. Thank you in advance.


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