Friday, July 31, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Radiant Angel

Title: Radiant Angel
Author: Nelson DeMille
Review: Excellent reading...unable to put down. This is a must read! Could possibly be labeled nonfiction. Kudos to our L.I. author!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Maze

Title: The Maze
Author: Catherine Coulter
Review: Catherine Coulter hits the ball out of the ballpark once again with "The Maze", the second in the series "FBI Suspense Thrillers". There are all kinds of twists and turns in this novel. Although this book is a thriller, the author weaves romance to add to the suspense. I loved this book (read it in one day) from page 1 until the last page. I recommend this book, this author and the series for the thrills, the mysteries and romance. Put Catherine Coulter on your list of favorite suspense writers.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Dakota Home

Title: Dakota Home
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Wow! Buffalo Valley, N.D. is in love like never before! Seems everyone in town has a love interest. Will any of them get married? How many will break up? Are babies in anyone's future? It's anyone's guess. Buffalo Valley is becoming a vibrant town once again with many locals, as well as newcomers, eager to make their town something to be proud of.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Go Set a Watchman

Title: Go Set a Watchman
Author: Harper Lee
Review: A grown-up Scout returns home on a visit from her life in NY and reconnects with her family and old friends and neighbors. Kind of boring.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Just the Facts: Book Discussion Recap from July 23

Seven people passed on a lovely summer evening in their yards to attend the book discussion. Their presence, as always, was much appreciated.

The book last night was Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history-making race around the world by Matthew Goodman. Nellie Bly was one of America’s first female reporters. Working for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. Most women working for newspapers were relegated to the “women’s page,” covering society, fashion, homemaking, and child rearing. Bly actually did investigative reporting, going undercover to report on insane asylums, crooked politicians, and much more. She proposed a story to her editor where she would sail to England and then sail back in steerage to expose the horrific conditions. Her editor countered by ordering her to take a trip around the world in less than eighty days, defeating the hero of Jules Verne’s popular novel. Not to be outdone, the publisher of the popular magazine Cosmopolitan ordered his literary editor, the beautiful and genteel Elizabeth Bisland, to make the same journey, but in the opposite direction. Thus, two remarkable women commenced a race against each other, against winds, weather, and time, and against Phileas Fogg. It was against all convention for a woman to travel any distance at all without escort and now two lone women were making this round the world journey. The book is filled with humor, history, adventure and the observations these two young woman made about the lands they traversed. The book was enjoyed by all.

Our nest meeting will be on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The book to be discussed, Birdmen: the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the battle to control the skies by Lawrence Goldstone, is available at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Country Bride

Title: Country Bride
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Kate Logan is in love with Luke Rivers and Luke Rivers is in love with Kate Logan. After her engagement with Clay Franklin ends when Clay discovers he truly loves Rorie Campbell, Kate falls hard and doesn't even want to marry Luke who adores her and would marry Kate in a heartbeat. However it seems that all Kate and Luke can do is argue. Will Kate get over losing Clay and marry Luke? Time will tell. The book gets a 4 because it takes way too long to get into the story.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: All the Single Ladies

Title: All the Single Ladies
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Review: Ms. Frank never disappoints her readers. This time around she starts with three women, close friends, and how they deal with the death of one of them. A nurse at the hospice house befriends the women and after the death of their friend they decide that this nurse should fill the void left by their friend's death. All the women are single and all have stories to tell. How these women bond and help each other leave their pasts behind them is the basis of this wonderful novel. This is a must read book!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Orphan Train

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Review: Is it possible that goth-attired, foster care teen Molly has anything in common with 91-year-old Vivian, who lives in the mansion with an attic that needs cleaning? The two realize that their lives have parallels and that fate has brought them together. Interesting history learned in this book.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Friday, July 24, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Lost Key

Title: The Lost Key
Author: Catherine Coulter
Review: A secret organization started centuries ago to keep the world safe is being hijacked by a mad scientist. A lost sub with the Kaiser's gold and Madam Curie's secret formula is the treasure hunted. Two FBI superheroes save the day and the world.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Review: What's not to like about this charming tale of a bookseller who outlines his life with the help of books? From the depths of sadness to the highs of joys, Fikry's life is full of twists and turns that make this a recommended read. (Thank you Susan M!)
Rating: 5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Shadow Chasing

Title: Shadow Chasing
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Debbie Macomber takes on law enforcement, girlfriends on vacations and insecurities and doubts. A wonderful read but a let down in the end.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Bettyville

Title: Bettyville
Author: George Hodgman
Review: A moving, memoir of love, devotion, family, and small town sensibilities. Hodgman moved back to Paris, Texas from NYC to take care of his aging mother and this is his homage. A beautifully written tribute (ignore the typos and redundancies).
Rating: 4 out of 5

Monday, July 20, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

Title: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014
Author: Edited by Laura Furman
Review: Certainly not the greatest year, but still enjoyable collection of some wonderful short stories. Worth checking out.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Fresh Off the Boat

Title: Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
Author: Eddie Huang
Review: Eddie, the owner of NYC's hot eatery Baohaus, has written a memoir that touches on many things, mostly the racism he faced growing up in America. If you're into hip-hop and street slang and the like, you'll love this. He's at his best when he talks about food- but it plays second fiddle to stories of his outrageous illegal exploits and drug dealing.
Rating: 2 out of 5