Monday, October 10, 2016


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


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


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


by Roy Morris, Jr. 

I had heard the Rutherford B. Hayes had won the presidential election unfairly so I decided to read this new book about the election and find out the details.  In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican, was the governor of Ohio  and  Samuel Tilden was the Democratic governor of New York.  This election followed the very scandalous Grant administration.  The country was in turmoil because of this and repercussions from the Civil War.  Tilden received more popular votes than Hayes but returns were contested in Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina.  A specially created, Republican  Electoral Commission was put in charge of counting the electoral votes.  It took four months before U.S. citizens found out who their president would be.  During these four months there was all kinds of political intrigue and threats of violence.  Hayes has always been accused of ending Reconstruction but actually, Ulysses S. Grant had started down this trail during his presidency.  Also in 1878 it was revealed that Tilden's supporters and corrupt officials were bribing election officials in the contested states.  So in actuality both parties were corrupt during this election and this author feels that had Tilden won, he would not have had much more influence over the south than Hayes did. The withdrawal of federal troops, by Grant, from the statehouses in South Carolina and Louisiana really put an end to Reconstruction.  So neither Hayes or Tilden would have an army to help with the problems in the south.  The Supreme Court had also at this time, handed authority to the state and local governments rather than intervene.  All in all, this was a very interesting book.  It was a bit of a slow read since it contained so much information. 
If you have ever wondered about this election, you should definitely read this book.
Reviewed by Mimi at Genoa Branch Library  

Monday, September 26, 2016

"The Singles Game" 
by Lauren Weisberger

Ms. Weisberger, who wrote "The Devil Wears Prada," here takes us in to the world of women's professional tennis.  Up and coming tennis star Charlotte "Charlie" Silver suffers a devastating injury at Wimbledon.  As she begins rehab, she decides to make some changes to increase her chances of winning a Grand Slam title.  She fires her old coach and hires Todd Feltner, who has previously only worked with men, and who has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to turn his players into winners.  Before she knows it, Charlie has  new sponsors, a stylist, hitting partner, and  publicist and has been turned into the "Warrior Princess." During the next year on the circuit, she visits glamorous locales, meets famous people, and climbs to the elite level of professional women's tennis.  This was a quick read-the reader never loses faith in Charlie, and will see the ending coming before getting too far into the novel-but it was fun.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library

Monday, September 12, 2016

 "The Evening Spider" by Emily Arsenault

The title perfectly captures the feeling of creeping dread that the reader gets while reading this novel of psychological suspense. The novel intertwines the stories of two young mothers who have lived in an old house in Connecticut.  Frances lived in the house in the 1880's, with her daughter, Martha, and lawyer husband.  Abby and her husband and 5 month old daughter live in the house in the present day.  Abby begins to feel there is a presence in the house, and does some research on the previous inhabitants.  She obtains Frances's journal, which tells of her fascination with an actual murder, and Frances also relates some troubling incidents with which she has been involved.  Frances is eventually confined to the Northampton Lunatic Hospital.  Abby, meanwhile, is increasingly convinced that a supernatural presence means to do them  harm.  Have both women suffered from post-partum depression, or is there an actual ghost?  This book was difficult to put down, (I even had to peek at the ending to make sure the baby was o.k.) and would make a great book discussion book.  I enjoyed one of the author's previous books, "The Broken Teaglass," and enjoyed this one even more.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


by Blair Braverman

Blair's mom was from Whidbey Island in Washington State.  Her father was from New York City but after her parents married they settled in California.  When Blair was 10 years old her father took a year long sabbatical in Norway which is where her mother's family's roots were.  Blair fell in love with Norway.  Back in California, when Blair was in high school the school counselor announced that she was looking for students to study abroad for a year.  Blair filled out the proper forms with her plan to study in Norway.  She ended up with a family just a few hours away from Oslo, Norway.  From that time on, Blair felt the far north was her home.  This book chronicles her adventures in Alaska and Norway as she grows into a self-reliant adult.  I am always so intrigued by the far north so this book was a hit with me.
Reviewed by Mimi @ The Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


by Joyce Wallace Scott

Joyce and Judith Scott, fraternal twins, had an extremely close relationship from the moment they were born, almost as if there were one person in two bodies.  They spent all their time together, and even though Judith was born deaf and with down syndrome, the two girls had an uncanny ability to communicate and understand one another.  When the girls were seven years old, Judith was sent away to "school."  After that, Joyce and Judith's mom seemed to lose interest in Judith.  Her name was rarely spoken at home but Joyce never forgot.  She felt like a piece of herself was missing.  This book tells of Joyce's struggles as she grows up until finally she decides that having her twin with her will finally bring her peace.  She brings Judith to live with her and fill the remainder of Judith's life with love and joy.  It is at this time that Judith's artistic abilities come to light and she eventually becomes a world renowned fiber artist.  This is a wonderful book that illustrates that everybody has talents if they can just be released and/or recognized.  No one should be written off or shunned from living a full life.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library