Monday, June 27, 2016

BRAVING IT


BRAVING IT, A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, AND AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY INTO THE ALASKAN WILD
by: James Campbell


Since I don't see myself doing any trekking into the Alaskan wilderness myself, I was able to experience it through this memoir.  This is a great book!  James Campbell took his 15 year old daughter, Aiden, up to Alaska at the invitation of his cousin to help him and his wife build a new cabin. After spending a month in the Alaskan wild, Aiden was in love with the place.  James decided to take Aiden on a strenuous, and rather dangerous, backpacking trip over Alaska's Brooks Range to the headwaters of the Hulahula River.  Campbell does a great job describing the scenery and the difficulties and splendors of Alaska.  His daughter proved to be quite the outdoors-woman and grew strong and confident in herself as a result of this once in a lifetime trip.
If you are an armchair traveler like myself, you will thoroughly enjoy this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, June 13, 2016

MOST WANTED


MOST WANTED
by Lisa Scottoline


Imagine for a moment that you and your husband struggle with fertility problems.  Imagine also that after much discussion, you finally decide to use a donor to get pregnant.  Now imagine that you are pregnant from that donor and see him on the news being arrested as an alleged serial killer.  What would you do?  How would your husband feel?  Do his feelings count in the choice you must make?  These are the questions around which this stunning book is written.  Scottoline did much research into the world of infertility and the options available to couples.  Some of her findings are very troubling.  Not only is the well written book hard to put down but it also should open discussion for many people about the unregulated world of sperm donors.
I give this book a definite thumbs up!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

THE AFTER PARTY


THE AFTER PARTY
by Anton DiSclafani 


The setting of this novel is Houston, TX is the 1950's.  The story centers around two girls who are close friends.  One girl is Joan Fortier, rich, beautiful, and admired by everyone.  Cece is her close friend since they were little girls.  When Cece's mother dies and her father remarries, she moves in with the Fortiers and it is as if the two girls are sisters.  Cece is obsessed with Joan, always watching out for her and feeling proud that she is best friends with such a social icon.  As the girls grow older though, things begin to change.  Joan becomes more secretive.  Cece gets married and has a child but still drops everything to be with Joan.  Though Joan has so many advantages in life, she makes many poor choices.  Cece can't figure out why Joan seems to be on a collision course.  Eventually the secret comes out and Cece must decide how she will handle the secret that has been revealed to her.  This book gives a very interesting look at the 1950's in Texas and the author has done her research of that time and place to make this book come alive.  I quite enjoyed this novel!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"A Banquet of Consequences"
by Elizabeth George

I've been a fan of Elizabeth George's mysteries for a long time, and this novel did not disappoint.  Most of the detective work in this book is by Sgt. Barbara Havers, who needs to redeem herself in the eyes of wintry Supt. Ardery.  The death of the country's leading feminist has first been ruled due to natural causes, but a friend asks Barbara to investigate further.  The investigation leads to the secrets of a very unhappy family.  D.I. Thomas Lynley plays more of a supporting role in this novel, as he runs interference with Ardery and encourages Barbara.  There were many twists and turns in the book, including a red herring that I completely believed held the clue to solve the case.  The resolution holds some moral questions for the reader-was justice served? Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Library

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AN UNEXPECTED GRACE


AN UNEXPECTED GRACE
by Kristin von Kreisler

This is a delightful read, especially if you like dogs!  In the beginning of the story Lila Elliot is at work when the janitor goes on a rampage and kills several or the workers and wounds others including Lila.  While she is healing, Lila stays with her best friend.  When her best friend has to vacate her home while her husband is working out of state, Lila agrees to house sit.  The only draw back is that she must care for Grace, a formerly abused golden retriever being fostered until she is adopted.  Lila doesn't like dogs and feels put out for having to take care of Grace.  Eventually Grace and Lila begin to depend on each other.  You can probably guess the rest.  A touching, enjoyable read!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, May 16, 2016

THE CHARM BRACELET

THE CHARM BRACELET
by Viola Shipman
 
This book is delightful!  The story centers around a grandmother, mother, and daughter.  Not only are they linked by love but by the charms on their charm bracelets.  For each birthday or other special occasion they received a charm to commemorate the special day.  This novel also drive homes the message that everyone deserves to have fun times and to relax and be open to adventure.  That is an important thing to remember since our lives fly by so quickly. It is also important to listen to the stories of our elders because they are usually with us such a short time.  The author's grandmothers and their charm bracelets were the inspiration for this beautiful story.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Friday, May 13, 2016

RESCUING RILEY, SAVING MYSELF


RESCUING RILEY, SAVING MYSELF
ONE MAN'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE AN ABANDONED PUPPY AND HIMSELF
 by: Zachary Anderegg with Pete Nelson


Zachary Anderegg was hiking in a deep slot canyon when far below he saw something unusual.  Zak rappeled down to the bottom of the canyon and found a emaciated dog near death.  Zak couldn't carry the dog up with the rope he had so he climbed out and went to the nearest town and bought dog food and bottled water and went back, helped the dog eat and drink and then left to stay in a nearby hotel. That night he considered how the dog could have gotten down in that canyon.  The only way it could be explained was for someone to purposely have taken the dog down there and left it.  The next day Zak returned to the canyon and was able to rescue the dog.   As the dog began to recover, Zak was overcome with memories.  Bullying had been something he had endured nearly all his life.  This book ties the lives and struggles of the bullied man and bullied dog together.  
This would be an excellent book for anyone who has ever felt put down and diminished by others.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library