Thursday, February 26, 2015

UNRETIREMENT


 
UNRETIREMENT: HOW BABY BOOMERS ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT WORK, COMMUNITY, AND THE GOOD LIFE by Chris Farrell
 
 
Gloom and doom naysayers have been saying for years that as the Baby Boomers retire they will suck Social Security and Medicare dry.  This book tends to differ with that premise.  Farrell states that many people enjoy the purpose, feeling of community and continued learning that working brings.  People are healthier and living longer than ever before and want to keep working.  Farrell entreats people to work for an extra six to eight years to really have a comfortable amount of savings for retirement.  Individuals who are laid off from jobs before they are ready to leave the work force are starting up businesses in ever increasing numbers or starting in new careers.  Baby Boomers tend to enjoy freedom from traditional work schedules and some companies are coming up with more flexible work schedules to accommodate them.  Boomers have a lot to offer companies including experience and wisdom and America should jump on this! 
This book was quite interesting and upbeat and would be of interest to anyone that can see retirement looming ahead on the pike whether or not you want to keep working into your late sixties or retire at 62.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, February 23, 2015

LUCIA, LUCIA

LUCIA, LUCIA by Adriana Trigiani
 
 
This story takes place in New York City during the 1950's.  Lucia Sartori has a promising career in the fashion industry which is frowned upon for single, marriage-aged women in the 50's.  After breaking her engagement to her childhood sweetheart she meets a dashing new man about town.  Will he fulfill her wishes and let her keep her career?  Will he be as dependable as her finance always was?  This book is full of other interesting characters and written with humor and warmth as are all of Adriana Trigiani's books.  This is a fun read!
Reviewed by Nancy


BLOOD MOONS: DECODING THE IMMINENT HEAVENLY SIGNS

 
BLOOD MOONS: DECODING THE IMMINENT HEAVENLY SIGNS by Mark Blitz
 
 
 
In Genesis, God declared that He specifically created the sun and the moon to be used for signs.  He would use them to signal coming dramatic historical events to people on earth.  Throughout history, He has used the signs in the heavens to communicate to us when significant events will happen.  Mark Blitz has found a link between historical events and prophecy when the blood moons fall on the Feast days of the Lord.  He explains the importance of the biblical feasts and milestones.  He also has documentation from NASA as to when the blood moons will occur.  A very enlightening book that will keep you digging for more information.
Reviewed by Claudia @ Genoa Branch Library

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
 
 
This is Anne Tyler's twentieth novel and another hit.  This is the story of three generations of a family.  Like most families, this family feels it is special in ways other families aren't.  I will say I was somewhat puzzled by the ending of the book.  It seemed like one of those endings that isn't really an ending but leaves it to the reader to figure it out.  Tyler did a great job of fleshing out the characters.  Just like in real life, different members of the family remember or interpret things in different ways depending on their life view.  Tyler is a wonderful author and I love her style of writing.  I would definitely recommend this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

ONE PERFECT DAY: A MOTHER AND SON'S STORY OF ADOPTION AND REUNION



ONE PERFECT DAY: A MOTHER AND SON'S STORY OF ADOPTION AND REUNION
by Diane Burke with Steve Orlandi
 
 
During the 1970's the author, Diane Burke, became pregnant as an unwed teen.  She knew her boyfriend wouldn't marry her and at that time in history having a child out of wedlock was frowned upon.  She didn't want an abortion so her parents said she must give her baby up for adoption.  She was sent to a home for unwed mothers where she stayed until the baby was born, adopted out, and she had healed.  She then returned home as though nothing had happened.  No one in the family spoke about what had happened.  Eventually, Burke got married and had two more children but never forgot her firstborn child.  One fateful day her first born child reached out to her. You will have to read the book to see how their reunion transpired. This story was interesting but Burke spent a lot of space making us feel sorry for her and discussing how much her mom hated her but favored her sister.  I felt that detracted from the main story line.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING, MY ADVENTURES IN CELEBRITY DIETING

 
I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE'S HAVING, MY ADVENTURES IN CELEBRITY DIETING
 by Rebecca Harrington
 
 
This witty and sarcastic book is a silly look at how celebrities eat. Not only did the author delve into the eating habits of such stars as Victoria Beckham, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy but she then followed their diets and exercise regimes.  Many of the diets were quite unusual and difficult to stick to for an extended period of time.  Although Harrington did lose weight on some of the diets, in the end she ended up weighing exactly the same.  This humorous book is a quick and entertaining read!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THE SEER OF SHADOWS

 
THE SEER OF SHADOWS by Avi
 
 
This is a young adult book that reads like a short story.  It takes place in New York City in the late 1800's.  Horace, the main character, is an apprentice to a society photographer.  He finds himself with the ability to bring ghosts forward with his photographs.  This was an eerie story, as he find himself responsible for bringing to life a little girl who is intent on getting revenge on the aunt and uncle who starved her to death.  Horace and a new friend must find a way to stop the ghost.  It was a very short read and I would recommend it for a young student.
Reviewed by Jude @ Genoa Branch Library