Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: Chef
Author: Jaspreet singh
Review: A chef in the military deals with love, cooking, politics, revolution,loyalty and loss in this book.  A little tough read if you're not familiar with the strife between India and Pakistan and a little tough keeping names straight but the term I've used for Indian writers is, 'lyrical' and I would say thay it is true for this book as well.
Rating: 2.5

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: The Sleepwalker
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Review: Another one of my favorite authors has written another story with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very shocking end.  Set in Vermont, a mother with a history of sleepwalking disappears - as the mystery of what happened to her unfolds you learn all about sleepwalking.  
Rating: 4

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: In the President's Secret Service
Author: Ronald Kessler
Review: Although this book is filled with interesting tidbits about the Secret Service;  including who tried to elude their agents and how a psychic played a part in preventing an assassination, it's true focus is on the mismanagement of the department and the threat to democracy.  Eye-opening reporter's view of the agency.
Rating: 4

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

 
http://alpha1.suffolk.lib.ny.us/record=b4967991~S28Author: Paul Kalanithi
Review: What is the meaning of life?  What makes life meaningful?  These are some of the questions the author grapples with in his life and career.  They become more important as he faces a terminal illness.  Thought-provoking and poignant.
Rating: 3.5

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: In Such Good Company
Author: Carol Burnett
Review: For those of us that grew up in the era of the 'variety show' Carol Burnett's was one of the best!  Her recap (better on audio to hear her Tarzan yell) was fun especially the behind the scenes stories.  Her retelling of specific sketches got old at times but you'll probably be compelled to go to YouTube to watch some of the classics.
Rating: 3.5

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: Swimming in the Sink
Author: Lynne Cox
Review: One of the world's greatest open water swimmers recounts her battle to regain her health, mind and spirit after experiencing heartbreak (literally and figuratively) An inspirational read.   
Rating: 3.5

Friday, January 20, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: Made in India
Author: Meera Sodha
Review: Mums Chicken Curry may be the most delicious food (other than ice cream) that I have ever eaten. And its only the beginning.  This book has taught me that you dont need to cook for hours to make exceptionally tasty Indian fare.  The naan is to die for.
Rating: 5

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: The Cuban Table
Author: Ana Pelaez
Review: The recipe for the (best) black beans (ever) is reason alone to read this fantastic cookbook. The tidbits about Cuba and her people only enhance its value.
Rating: 5

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: Organized Simplicity
Author: Tsh Oxenreider
Review: If a person picks up a book with this title, they probably don't need half of it devoted to WHY (you should simplify your life).  Ironically, once you've created and filled out the myriad checklists (& notebook!), you'll be too exhausted to do any actual work. As chapter 5 exhorts, save your money.
Rating: 2

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Books-a-licious 2017 Adult Winter Reading Club

Title: In Other Words
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Review: A delightful recap with one of my favorite authors as she describes her journey to learn and write in her favorite language, Italian.  I listened to the audio book and had the pleasure to hear Ms. Lahiri speak and read her book in Italian (but I could only understand the English part!) Lyrical and insightful read.
Rating: 4