Nicholas Sparks was born on December 31, 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988 and is one of the more critically acclaimed authors of the past 5 years. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, including "The Notebook" and "The Rescue". Four of his books, Message in a Bottle (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), and Nights in Rodanthe (2008) have been adapted into blockbuster movies. Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife of 13 years; 3 sons, and twin daughters .
TriviaGraduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.
Has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Is one of only two contemporary authors to have a novel spend more than a year on both the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists (the other author being J.K. Rowling)
Still holds a track & field record at Notre Dame
After receiving his first check for "The Notebook", he went out and bought his wife a new wedding ring
Was selected by "People Magazine" as the 'Sexiest Author'
Was a pharmaceutical sales rep until his writing career took off.
He is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Department at the University of Notre Dame
He recently donated a track to New Bern High School
Most of his novels are set in North or South Carolina.
A man with a faded , well-worn notebook in his lap . A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand . Until he begins to read to her . The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love , a story of miracles that will stay with you forever . Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946 , The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun , a rural Southerner returned home from World War II . Noah , thirty one , is restoring a plantation home to its former glory , and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier , a girl he loved like no other . Unable to find her , yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together , Noah is content to live with only memories ... until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again . Allie Nelson , twenty-nine , is now engaged to another man , but realises that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time . Still , the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain , and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore . With her impending marriage only weeks away , Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future , a future that only she can shape . Like a puzzle within a puzzle , the story of Noah and Allie is just beginning . As it unfolds , their tale miraculously becomes something different , with much higher stakes . The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself , the tender moments , and fundamental changes that affect us all . Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature , The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters .
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