Thursday, July 21, 2016

LOOK AT YOU NOW




LOOK AT YOU NOW, MY JOURNEY FROM SHAME TO STRENGTH
by Liz Pryor

It was 1979 when 17 year old Liz Pryor found herself pregnant during her senior year of high school.  She was from a wealthy family where such things just didn't happen.  Her mom bundled her up and toted her off to a government-run facility for delinquent, impoverished, and mentally disabled pregnant teens and young women.  She was instructed not to tell a soul about her pregnancy, not even her siblings.  It was quite a culture shock for Liz to be surrounded by such tough individuals.  The girls were also shocked at how Liz's life was so radically different than their own.  Many had either no parents or a single mom.  Many of the girls had no future to speak of but planned to keep their babies anyway.  Liz grew close to some of the girls and they all learned something about life during this time while they waited for their babies to be born.  Once Liz's mom passed away, Liz decided to tell her story.  
This is a very interesting book and could be interesting to young people to see how societal mores have changed over the last several decades.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

IF I FORGET YOU


IF I FORGET YOU
by Thomas Christopher Greene


Two young people are madly in love until a terrible misunderstanding pulls them apart.  Fast forward twenty-one years and a chance encounter on the streets of Manhattan.  One of them is married, one of them is divorced.  Both have children.  Their feelings come rushing back but things are much more complicated now.  Will the misunderstanding be cleared up?  What about a secret that gets revealed?
This book drew me in big time!  
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Friday, July 15, 2016

MARTHA'S VINEYARD ISLE OF DREAMS


MARTHA'S VINEYARD, ISLE OF DREAMS
by: Susan Branch

What do you do when you are in your early thirties and your marriage crumbles and the life you planned on disappears?  If you are Susan Branch, you leave California and travel to Martha's Vineyard and accidentally buy a small cottage. In this book we follow Susan as she seeks to realize who she is and what she wants from life.   I adore Susan Branch and I loved this uplifting, inspiring book.  Susan took the lemons life handed her and made lemonade. This wonderful book is so beautiful.  It is filled with lovely illustrations by Susan Branch as well as her favorite quotes that she has collected over the years.  This is a great book to get lost in!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"Louisiana Saves the Library"
by Emily Beck Cogburn

Louisiana is a single mom raising two extremely articulate toddlers and teaching library science at Louisiana A & M University.  When the university cuts their department, Louisiana and her colleague, Sylvia, are fortunate to find jobs at the public library in the hamlet of Alligator Bayou.  But the local library has not kept up with the changing library world, and the director has no interest in adding new materials or programs.  Sylvia and Louisiana soldier on, bring new programs, increase the hours, and endear themselves to the community.  The good will they have brought to the community is rewarded when most needed, and Louisiana, from Minnesota, finally begins to feel that Alligator Bayou is where she belongs.  This is an amusing read, populated with characters familiar to library staff and library users.  It was a fun, gentle read for a long holiday weekend. Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.

Monday, July 11, 2016

WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN


WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN - LOSING MY MOTHER ONLY TO FIND HER AGAIN
by Kimberly Williams-Paisley
 
Kimberly Williams-Paisley's mother was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia, in 2005 at the age of sixty-two.  This book records the tough times the family has been through while dealing with this cruel disease.  There is no cure or treatment and since it is a progressive disease, things just keep getting worse and worse.  Kimberly wrote this book in part to bring this terrible disease into the public eye as well as possibly helping those who are dealing with similar situations.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle"
by Laura DiSilverio

Amy-Faye Johnson and her fellow members of the Readaholics Book Club like to read mysteries, and they have worked together in the past to solve an actual murder in their town.  Just as things seem to be getting back to normal, they have another mystery dumped in their lap.  Amy-Faye's brother is opening a new brew-pub in town, and a murder is committed at the grand opening.  Taking cues from "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie, the group discusses the possibilities and does plenty of amateur sleuthing.  But could there really be a murder conspiracy in Heaven, Colorado?  This is the second in an entertaining series.  The writing is bright and breezy, and Amy-Faye and her likeable friends and family are a fun group with whom to hang out.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.

ESTHER THE WONDER PIG


ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HEART AT A TIME
by: Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane

Steve's friend called him and asked him if would like to adopt her mini pig.  He went to see the pig and fell in love with the tiny creature and immediately brought her home.  Fast forward nine months and the tiny creature now weighs 650 pounds and lives in the house.  This book is sweet, funny, and informative.  Esther is the pig's name and she is packed full of personality.  Steve and Derek fell in love with her so hard that they eventually gave up eating meat because it reminded them of her.  Steve and Derek did eventually buy a farm so they could more easily care for Esther, as well as rescue other unwanted animals.
This book will open your eyes to the fact that all animals have personalities and big hearts.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library