Thursday, September 18, 2014

THE GIN AND CHOWDER CLUB

 
THE GIN AND CHOWDER CLUB by Nan Rossiter
 
 
This is the story about two families who have an old and comfortable friendship until the unexpected happens and there is the possibility that the two families friendship will be torn apart.  Feelings of guilt, shame, and jealousy plague the guilty persons.  Finally time and forgiveness ease the pain.  This book is a little bit "spicy" but it has a good message.  I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library


Saturday, September 13, 2014

NIGHT



NIGHT by Elie Wiesel

This powerful book is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Elie Wiesel was 13 when the German soldiers came and created two ghettos in the town of Sighet for the Jews in town.  Then came the day when the Hungarian police came and made the Jews climb into cattle cars, eighty people to a car.  They were on their way to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  Once they arrived at Auschwitz, Elie never saw his mother or sister again.  He and his father were able to stay together but what happens to them over the next three years is more than any human being should ever have to endure.  It's heartbreaking.  Everyone needs to read this book so that no one forgets the inhumanity shown to one group of people by another group of people.  This book will haunt me for a long time.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS


REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS by Bret Anthony Johnston

Eric and Laura Campbell's son Justin was kidnapped and went missing for four years.  The book opens while Justin is still missing and we see what his family members were doing to cope.  After he was found and returned home and the initial elation wore off, the family tried to return to normal.  Of course, things could never be exactly as they had been.  Then they find out the kidnapper is going to be out on parole and the family goes into a free fall.  This author has an absolutely beautiful writing style.  His descriptions are poetic.  I loved this thought provoking book.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

House of Cards, Season 1

If you like conspiracy theories and political intrigue, the Netflix series  "House of Cards" should be right up your alley.  House Majority Whip Frank Underwood has been passed over for the position of Secretary of State, a slight for which the new president will pay.  Frank, played by Kevin Spacey, will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.  Oozing false sincerity, Frank reveals his true character in asides to the audience-and in his actions onscreen.  Claire, his wife, played by Robin Wright, is just as ambitious as Frank.  While not as evil, you almost expect her to say "out, out,  damn spot," a la Lady MacBeth. Other ambitious and driven characters include a young reporter, a damaged Congressman, and Frank's sinister aide. It's difficult to find anyone in the cast to root for, since most are self-centered and unconcerned about the welfare of others-including their constituents.  It is an unsettling, but addictive, series.  The library owns Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD-it's popular so call or go online to put it on reserve.  It is meant for mature audiences for language and sexual situations.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.

Monday, September 8, 2014

THE WOMAN BEFORE WALLIS


THE WOMAN BEFORE WALLIS by Andrew Rose

Many people know that Prince Edward, abdicated the English throne so that he could marry the divorced Wallis Simpson.  However, many do not know that before Wallis, Edward also was involved with a Parisian prostitute.  Marguerite Alibert spent time with some of the richest and most powerful men in the world.  At the time Edward fell under her spell, he was young and backward around women.  He was bewitched by Marguerite and wrote her numerous love letters, which she kept.  Several years after Edward's fling with Marguerite, she shot and murdered her husband, a young and wealthy Egyptian man.  When she stood trial, there was the very real threat of Edward's love letters to her coming to light.  Eventually, she turned over the letters in exchange for not being charged with her husband's death.  This book had an interesting topic but was written in a rather bland style with too many details for my taste.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Booty Bones

"Booty Bones" is the 14 entry in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series by Carolyn Haines.  Sarah Booth, while being a true Southern belle, is also a private investigator.  She and her movie star fiance, Graf, have retreated to Dauphin Island on the Gulf Coast to heal after Graf was seriously injured during the course of  the previous book in the series.  While sightseeing, they meet Angela Trotter, whose father was murdered and whose closest friend was convicted of the murder. Angela asks Sarah Booth to help clear her father's friend's name, and possibly find the clue to find the pirate's treasure that was buried somewhere around the island.  Suspects abound, and Sarah Booth must not only deal with increasingly sinister events, but Graf's reluctance to commit to their marriage.  Sarah Booth has her faithful dog and cat, and her partner, Tinkie, to assist her in the search for the truth.  Sarah Booth's haint, Jitty, also appears to offer advice on love and marriage.  And, oh yeah,there's a hurricane bearing down on the island.  Sarah Booth is a spirited heroine, and while the mystery may seem a little far-fetched, Sarah Booth and her friends make for enjoyable companions.  Reviewed by Amy @ Harris-Elmore Public Library.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

THE FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW


THE FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW by Amy Belding Brown

I enjoyed this book even though it was written slightly like a romance novel.  This historical fiction novel revolves around the true events of the Indian captivity of Mary Rowlandson and her three children.  The setting of the story is Massachusetts during the seventeenth century.  The story begins in the summer of 1672.  There is much unrest in the Boston area because of Indian activity.  In February of 1675 Mary's husband travels to Boston to beg the governor for troops to protect the Massachusetts Bay Colony from Indian invasions.  While he is gone, the Indians storm the colony capturing Mary and her children and others.  After months of being held as slaves, Mary and her children are released to the English but do not have an easy time returning to their previous way of life.  It was interesting to me to see what was expected of women during that period of time.  Because of various circumstances that occur in Mary's life, things do eventually get easier for her.
If you enjoy Historical Fiction, you will enjoy this book.
Reviewed by: Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library