Monday, November 28, 2016

THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER


THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER
by Jenny Colgan

This is a delightful book.  It's about a girl who loses her job at the library in England so she decides to follow her dream!  She scans the newspaper looking for a van for sale so that she may start a mobile book store.  She finds a van in her price range but it's in Scotland.  She takes the bus to Scotland to the tiny village of Kirrinfief where the van is located.  Having always lived in the city, Nina is surprised how at home she feels in the beautiful countryside.  Suffice it to say, Nina gets her van and after some ups and downs, finally opens her mobile book store.  This book has it all, laughs, romance, a touch of melancholy, and a happy ending.
If you are looking for a fluffy read, go no further than this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Knit Your Own Murder"
by Monica Ferris

It is hard to believe that this is the #19th book in the series.  Betsy Devonshire, proprietress of "Crewel World," a needlework shop, is again involved in murder. Two of the city's toughest, most ambitious, real-estate developers have both been murdered. A third developer, who had dealings with both, is suspected of the crimes, and asks Betsy to do some amateur sleuthing. Are the murders related, or just a coincidence?   Betsy, with the help of her police department contacts and her group of knitters, is able to solve the unlikely crime-or crimes?  Betsy is a down-to-earth, no-nonsense individual, and has a cast of likeable characters with whom to talk needlework and gossip.  Will she and her main squeeze, Connor, ever take the plunge?  Stay tuned...Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore P.L.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

THIS IS WHERE I AM






 THIS IS WHERE I AM
by Zeke Caligiuri

This memoir by Zeke Caligiuri left much to be desired.  He is currently incarcerated in the Faribault Correctional Facility in Minnesota serving a 30 year sentence. This book is supposed to explain how he went from being a good kid to a criminal doing time.  He grew up an only child of two working parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His parents had high hopes for him with his mother always telling him he would go to college.  Instead he flunked out of high school (although later he earned his GED.)  It does sound like Zeke suffered from depression but instead of confiding in his parents to seek help he took drugs and drank.  He just seemed like a lazy kid who didn't want to put forth any effort, didn't want to work except to sell drugs, and just hang out with other ne'er do wells.  I felt disgusted as I read this book because I couldn't understand how he could just keep messing up and never change.   I would only recommend this book who is in the situation or has a family member on this track and you want them to wake up.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES


THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES; WHAT THEY FEEL, HOW THEY COMMUNICATE
by Peter Wohlleben

This non-fiction book presents fascinating, scientific evidence that trees do live in family groups and do seem to communicate with one another.  When groups of one species of tree live together, the mother tree helps feed the young trees by sharing sugar via their root systems.  Scientists have also discovered that trees also will help sick or elderly trees by sharing resources with them.  Trees communicate by olfactory, visual, and electrical signals.  Scientists have also discovered that trees seems to communicate using sound waves.  These are just some of the facts I learned from this book.  Anyone who is interested in the natural world should enjoy this book.  It is quite startling how uninformed we humans are about our plant neighbors!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Thursday, October 27, 2016

THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY


THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY
by Dennis L. Breo and William J. Martin
 
 
On July 14, 1966 I was 11 years old and staying with my grandparents when this terrible act of violence occurred in Chicago.  My grandma was terrified and started locking her doors which she hadn't done previously.  I just remember the cold feeling of terror I felt when my grandma and grandpa talked about the crime.  As a kid, I could never figure out how 1 man could kill 8 nurses.  I read this book to help answer some of the questions that still rattled around in my head.  This book is very comprehensive and tells how Richard Speck was apprehended, all about the trial, protection of the lone witness, etc.  I found it quite fascinating.  This book is not for the faint of heart though.
Reviewed by Mimi @  Genoa Branch Library

Monday, October 10, 2016

THE NEW YORKERS

THE NEW YORKERS, A NOVEL
by Cathleen Schine
I think the best way to describe this book is "a romantic comedy with dogs."    The setting is a neighborhood in New York City near Central Park.  We meet a host of interesting characters living in the neighborhood and find out how their lives intersect.  Many times, it is the dogs who help the neighbors meet one another.  I enjoyed this pleasant novel.  It really personalized New York City.  The reader can understand how the city is really a collection of small towns. If you are a fan of rom-coms and dogs, I predict you will thoroughly enjoy this novel!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

KIT KAT & LUCY


KIT KAT & LUCY
THE COUNTRY CATS WHO CHANGED A CITY GIRL'S WORLD
by Lonnie Hull DuPont

Lonnie had lived in San Francisco for twenty years before she got married and moved back to her home state of Michigan to help her parents. She didn't think she wanted a cat until a cat turned up needing a home.  She and her husband ended up falling in love with Kit Kat and soon added another cat, Lucy, to their home.  This book is a memoir about a couple and their two felines and would be loved by any cat lover!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library