Tuesday, July 21, 2015

THAT QUAIL, ROBERT

 
THAT QUAIL, ROBERT by Margaret A. Stanger
 
 
 
This little non-fiction book is just wonderful!  It tells the story of how Dr. Thomas Kienzle and his wife found an abandoned quail egg and brought it home and set it on the kitchen counter.  Amazingly the egg hatched!  Dr. Kienzle and his wife didn't expect the tiny little bird to survive but survive it did!  In fact, it thrived!  They named the little bird Robert.  Robert had a mind of his own and refused to ever be set free into the wild.  This book is so charming with the many adventures of Robert including the fact that eventually Robert laid an egg!
If you are an animal lover you will absolutely adore this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Friday, July 17, 2015

HEAD CASE, MY BRAIN AND OTHER WONDERS

HEAD CASE, MY BRAIN AND OTHER WONDERS by Cole Cohen
 
 
At 26 years old, Cole Cohen, had struggled with learning disabilities all her life.  No one could seem to pin point what was causing her disabilities.  She couldn't tell left from right, she was horrible at math and telling time, and when an object was coming towards her she could not ascertain how fast it was moving.  As she planned to move out-of-state to study she decided to have one more battery of tests to see if the doctors could find out how to help her.  At this point she was unable to drive because of her disabilities.  Finally, after having an MRI (her first), Cole found out why she had such difficulties.  The MRI showed a fluid-filled hole taking up about one fourth of her brain.  Cole was relieved to finally have a diagnosis and hoped for a cure.  Unfortunately, there was no cure.  The book then chronicles how Cole learned to cope with her difficulties.  This is a well written book that is humorous and uplifting.  To me it is amazing that she does everything she does after seeing a picture of her MRI.  She really is a hero!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Monday, July 6, 2015

"The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain
Several years after the end of the Civil War, Twain joined a charter trip to Europe and the Holy Land.  Much of the book was written for newspapers back in the United States.  It was very interesting to see these countries through Twain's eyes.  There were a number of laugh-out-loud moments as Twain describes his fellow travelers and some of the interactions with their guides.  The descriptions of sites in the Holy Land are especially interesting, and one wonders if some of these remote sites look very different today.  Some of the descriptions got a bit wordy, and I confess I was ready for the journey to be over-but I'm glad I read this book.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.
"Toured to Death" by Hy Conrad
In this mystery, Amy, a travel agent, takes her clients on a road rally murder mystery, and the clues take the travelers to several European countries.  On the final night, an actual murder takes place, of course.  Could the actual murder be the result of the tour group working through their clues in their pretend murder?  Amy, and her mother, Fanny, her partner in the travel agency,  try to unravel the clues and absolve Marcus, a possible love interest for Amy, of murder. Conrad was a writer and producer for the TV series, "Monk," and the writing is breezy and descriptive.  While I was correct in identifying the murderer, I was not able to come up with the motive-there is a big twist at the end.  Included are some handy travel tips from Fanny.  I look forward to taking another trip with Amy.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BLACK OUT, REMEMBERING THE THINGS I DRANK TO FORGET



BLACKOUT, REMEMBERING THE THINGS I DRANK TO FORGET by Sarah Hepola
 
 
Wow, I did not realize that if people drink enough their hippocampus stops working and no new memories are made.  People continue to stay upright and functioning but later have no idea what they did.  Sarah Hepola recounts the many times she woke up in the morning in unknown places or even with unknown people and had no idea how she happened to be there.  Sarah began her foray into drinking at the young age of 7 when she would sneak sips from her parents' beer cans.  By the age of 16 she was getting drunk.  Being a shy, quiet person she felt that drinking made her more sociable.  She didn't realize that over time people grew tired of her outrageous antics.  You will have to read the book to find out what path her life took.  I thought this book was quite interesting.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 


Friday, June 26, 2015

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES

 
 
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline
 
 
 
The first chapter of this novel is a sociopath describing him/herself.  We do not know who the sociopath is but throughout the book there are references to this person.  The main character is a psychiatrist and chief of staff in a hospital.  In the beginning of the book he takes on a new patient who is a seventeen year old dealing with the death of his grandmother.  I don't want to give away the story line but a murder occurs and the psychiatrist is one of the suspects and someone is trying to ruin his life.  This is a fast paced book but I found it a little too contrived.  I would rate it 3 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library
 
 


Monday, June 22, 2015

FLASH

 
FLASH , THE HOMELESS DONKEY WHO TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE, FAITH, AND SECOND CHANCES by Rachel Anne Ridge
 
 
 
Rachel and her husband had a booming business using their artistic skills until the economy crashed.  They were at a low point trying to figure out how to pay the bills and if their business could sustain them when, as they were arriving home one night, a donkey showed up in their driveway.  He was apparently a homeless donkey.  When they called the police, they said they could pick him up but that he was worthless and would probably be euthanized.  Rachel and her family decided to keep him.  Flash became part of the family and taught Rachel and her family many life lessons.  This warm hearted read will put a smile on your face!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library.