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THE RIVER - JANUARY 5, 2018
by Di Saggau
Egan made it to the
best seller lists for
a few weeks and
that caught my eye.
It begins in 1934
with Anna Kerrigan,
nearly 12 years
her father Eddie to visit Dexter Styles, a
man with a Gatsby air about him, who
she realizes is crucial to the survival of
her family. It’s a palatial oceanside home,
and she is mesmerized by the sea beyond
the house and by some charged mystery
between the two men. She intrigues Styles
with a flash of youthful defiance. Eddie asks
Styles for a job because he’s tired of acting
as a bagman for a crooked union official.
Eight years later, her father has disap-
peared, the country is at war and Anna
is living with her mother and younger
sister Lydia, a girl with a lovely face and
palsied limbs. Anna loves her sister and
does everything she can to make her life
meaningful. She works at the Brooklyn
Naval Yard, where women are allowed
to hold jobs that once belonged to men,
now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first
female diver, a dangerous job that also has
prestige. She also helps repair the ships
that will help America win the war.
As Anna descends into the water, she
touches the ship’s hull and this is what she
feels. “Her skin prickled into goosefish.
The ship felt alert, alive. It exuded a hum
that traveled through her fingers up her
arm: the vibration of thousands of souls
teeming within. Like a skyscraper turned
on its side.”
One evening at a nightclub, she
again meets Dexter Styles and starts to
understand the complexity of her father’s
life, and why he might have vanished.
This historical novel follows Anna and
Styles into a world full of gangsters, sailors,
divers, bankers and union men. Disastrous
consequences occur for both protagonists
as the author intertwines three narratives to
tell us what happened to Eddie. Manhattan
Beach is a dazzling, propulsive exploration
of a transformative moment in the lives and
identities of women and men, of America
and the world.
by Shelley M.
goes away to
college next fall. I
would like to start
helping her take
for her life. What
are some things
that you think she needs to learn to be
independent and happy?
Janice W, Fort Myers
It’s so important for kids to have had
an opportunit y to learn some basic life
skills before they go away to college.
Time management skills are crucial for
success at school and in life, and now
is the time for you to start teaching
these skills to your daughter. Have a
discussion with your daughter to help
her realize that after high school, she
probably won’t have someone regularly
checking in with her, perhaps helping
with homework and reminding her to
leave for work/sports team practice,
let alone any housekeeping and
laundry chores she will encounter at
college. Explain that working on time
management skills now may help her
understand how much time she needs
for various assignments and projects,
and still have for socializing with
friends, time to relax and hopefully
Here are some of the factors
to consider in mastering time
management. Try to practice these skills
before she transitions out of high school
and onto the next phase of her life.
Learning these skills will make her (and
you) feel more prepared, organized and
Planning. It helps to have a general
plan for each day. While the time chunk
at school is evident, the other parts of
the day are less structured. Encourage
her to create a time structure of when
she will take care of assignments,
obligations, chores and when she can
take some time for herself.
Prioritizing. Some things are more
important than others. She will need to
realize that she must take care of the
important and urgent items before the
things that can wait. And make sure she
knows that, with longer-term projects,
she doesn’t need to do the whole thing
at once. Learning how to break projects
into workable units is very useful.
Staying organized. Keeping one’s
obligations and activities organized
is essential. Schools today work hard
to help kids understand the value of
keeping a calendar. If she hasn’t done
this yet, it’s time to begin. Let her
experiment with both paper and app
calendars. Finding one she likes and
will look forward to using is key. Also,
keeping a list of tasks can be very
helpful for prioritizing and organization.
Learning these skills are critical.
Keeping balanced. Help your
daughter understand that life needs
balance – all work or all fun isn’t
healthy. Talk about finding ways to
balance schoolwork, other obligations,
self-care (meals, sleep, and exercise),
social life and fun. Explain how finding
a balance will help her to be more
efficient and effective in whatever she is
Learning to handle unstructured
time. Your daughter will have lots of
free time in college. This will give her
a chance to relax, read a good book,
catch up with friends, think, or even
take a nap. However, some people
find they have difficulty dealing with
time when there is no set schedule or
activities. Help her learn how to fill
unstructured time successfully. One
way to think about this is to work with
her to identify things she likes to do
that she doesn’t always have time for
on busy days. Unstructured times are
her chance to do some of these things
instead of wasting it away.
Shelley Greggs is adjunct
faculty at Florida SouthWestern
State College, where she teaches
psychology and education courses.
She is also a nationally certified school
psychologist and consultant for School
Consultation Services, a private
educational consulting company.
Questions for publication may be
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Not all questions submitted can be
addressed through this publication.
Book Sale At
The Friends of Lakes Regional
Library will hold a book sale at
the library on Saturday, January
20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be
hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, and
audio books at great prices. All are
Lakes Regional Library is located at
15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers. For
more information, visit www.leegov.
com/library/branches/lk or call 533-
“Packed with facts and employing an engaging storytelling style,
[Female Pioneers of Fort Myers] both teaches and entertains.
Local history buffs and newcomers to history will value Tuthill and
Hall’s research and appreciate the accessible format, too.”
Gerri Reaves, PhD, author of Legendary Locals of Fort Myers and Fort Myers, Then & Now
Meet The Author
On January 12
Author George A. Bernstein will
be on hand for a meet-and-greet
at Lakes Regional Library on
Friday, January 12 at 1 p.m.
Bernstein is the author of suspense
novels and he will be discussing his
latest book The Prom Dress Killer,
which was released in 2017. He has
a passion for writing and for his
This Friends of Lakes Regional
Library program is free and open to all.
No registration is required.
Lakes Regional Library is located at
15290 Bass Road in Fort Myers.
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