Monday, April 21, 2014

THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD



THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by: David Laskin

If you think this winter was brutal, it's nothing compared to the January 13, 1888 blizzard on the Dakota-Nebraska prairie.  January 12th had been an unseasonably warm day.  Many children walked to school that day without hats, gloves or coats.  That afternoon however, the sky darkened and a fierce snow storm blew in.  In three minutes the temperature dropped 18 degrees and continued dropping through the day and that night.  The wind blew with gale force and fine snow blew in every direction making it nearly impossible to find one's way.  Hundreds of children and their teachers were at school at the time.  The storm was so strong it blew snow into the cracks of the buildings and in some cases tore roofs off as it continued to roar through the prairie into January 13th.  This book gives the background on the weather conditions of that day and eye witness accounts of the devastation wrought by the storm.  This book is not for the weak of heart but it was a fascinating look at the brutality of the early western frontier.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

That Woman, The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor

THAT WOMAN, THE LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON, DUCHESS OF WINDSOR by: Anne Sebba

I have always found it astonishing that a king of England would give up the throne for a woman but that is exactly what King Edward VIII did in 1936.  The 40 year old king, who had never been married, became totally bewitched by Wallis Simpson, who was married to her second husband at the time.    The King felt he could not live without Wallis by his side as his wife so he abdicated and she divorced her second husband and married Edward.  From then on they were known as the duke and duchess of Windsor.  This book is a biography of Wallis Simpson but of course, much of the book dissects her relationship with her third husband, the former King of England.  If you are interested in the English royals, you will enjoy this juicy read.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KILLING JESUS



KILLING JESUS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

I enjoyed this book immensely, especially reading it during Lent.  The book details the history and political climate of the time and how events led up to the death of Jesus by Roman Soldiers.
The authors spent a lot of time doing research  for this book so it gives an interesting look into Jesus' everyday life.  This book is definitely worth reading.
Reviewed by:  Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Girl in the Green Raincoat



THE GIRL IN THE GREEN RAINCOAT by: Laura Lippman

This book has rather a "Rear Window" premise to it.  Tess Monaghan, a private investigator, is confined to bed rest in her third trimester of her pregnancy.  To allay her boredom, she has taken to watching people from her window as they walk their dogs.  She especially notices one woman in a green raincoat walking a dog in a matching green raincoat.  One day Tess observes the dog running loose, dragging its leash.  She does not see the woman in the green raincoat again.  As time passes, Tess worries that something sinister has happened to the woman.  Using her investigative skills and the help of friends she begins to investigate the woman's disapperance.  You will have to check this book out yourself to see what she discovers!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Monday, March 24, 2014

AFTER VISITING FRIENDS


AFTER VISITING FRIENDS, A SON'S STORY by:  Michael Hainey

The author of this book is the deputy editor of GQ.  At age 6 his father died unexpectantly and under mysterious circumstances.  Whenever Michael tried to ask questions about his father or his death, his mom brushed him off.  Finally, in his forties, Michael decided he needed to begin a quest to investigate exactly how his father died.  This book pulls you in close and lets you feel the anguish of how all the unanswered questions about an absent father pierced the soul of his son.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I AM SCOUT, THE BIOGRAPHY OF HARPER LEE

 
 
 
I AM SCOUT, THE BIOGRAPHY OF HARPER LEE by:  Charles J. Shields
 
 
Charles Shields wrote this biography using hundreds of interviews with Harper Lee's classmates, friends, and neighbors.  He lets us peek into the life of Lee from tomboy to college student to young writer in New York City.  He explores her relationships with friends and family, her quest to become a writer and the reasons why she never wrote another book after "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Since Lee's book is one of my favorites, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Monday, March 17, 2014

ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB



ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB: A MEMOIR OF FINDING LOVE AT LAST by: Patience Bloom

This book is so fluffy and fun!  It is not your usualy memoir, which seem to be generally dark and intense.  I loved this book! She lives in New York City and works at Harlequin editing romance novels.  She felt she knew everything about romance but still it eluded her!  She had just about given up on love altogether when a chance facebook message sparked a reaction.  Read this upbeat book and see if Patience found her Prince Charming!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library