Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review: Just the Facts by Ellen Sherman

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Just the Facts.  We received a copy of Ellen Sherman's book for an honest review.

About the book:

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter--and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a new freeway. The developing scandal, with its shady "players," tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts.

Humorous and poignant, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one's way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.
I'm pretty sure everyone will love Nora, the main character in Just the Facts.  She is very funny, quick witted, caring and smart.  She has started her first real job at the Anne Arundel Record as a newspaper reporter.  She has to learn a few things along the way.  She has to learn that there can be fake stories out there and that she needs to check up on the facts of the story that she is chasing.  Nora feels like her big break is about to happen when a little birdie informs her about about some possible corruption pertaining to politics and a potential freeway.  As Nora starts digging through the story, she puts herself in danger and learns that she is made from stronger stuff.  In this book, you get a lot of fun side characters and you will laugh out loud at some of the story's mishaps.  I think this book also has some underlying lessons attached to it as well.  It shows how actions of others (or your actions) can have an influence on the future.  You will love this story and how Nora manages to discover herself along the way.  
Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Ellen Sherman received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and has worked as a journalist, editor, teacher, and training coordinator for literacy volunteers.

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