Monday, August 18, 2014

End of 2014 Adult Summer Reading Club

     We have reached the end of this year's Adult Summer Reading Club. Our raffle tickets have been drawn. The winners are:
  Mary Cioffi -- $25 gift card to Outback Restaurant
  Dawn Roth -- $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble
  Karen Greenhalgh -- $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble
  Rosalie Capobianco -- $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble

     Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Club program and especially to those who contributed to our blog! We hope you will join us for the Adult Winter Reading Club in January 2015.

State of Wonder

Title: State of Wonder
Author: Ann Patchett

The story of a woman who is sent to the Amazon jungle by the pharmaceutical company she works at after her fellow worker Anders mysteriously dies there while checking on the progress of the fertility drug they are working on. Dr. Swenson has been in the Amazon for many years and has cut off contact with Vogel, the pharmaceutical company. The story tells of the woman's (Marina) struggle to find Dr. Swenson and her life in the jungle when she finally does. I found the story that develops to be quite interesting and very descriptive. And there is a surprise ending.

Fiction; rated 4 out of 5.
Reviewed by Anonymous

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green

This is a YA book that I read because the movie and popularity of the book had made me curious. Hazel is a young teenage cancer patient with no hope for a cure, sent to a cancer support group by her parents where she meets Augustus Waters, an amputee who lost his leg to cancer. A relationship develops, they travel to Amsterdam (where thanks to this book I would love to travel too!). This book is about their relationship, cancer, family.

Fiction; rated 3 out of 5.
Reviewed by Peggy.

All Fall Down

Title: All Fall Down
Author: Jennifer Weiner

I found this to be an interesting story of a middle class woman's journey down into drug addiction, how she finally admits her addiction, and finds her way back.

Fiction; rated 3 out of 5.
Reviewed by Peggy.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brooklyn: a Novel

Title: Brooklyn: a Novel
Author: Colm Toibin

     Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, at first seemed simplistic and overdone with the onset of so many stories of small towns of Ireland in books such as Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy. In Part One of the Novel he at first carefully developed the many background characters more so than his main character, Eilis Lacy. We are given great detail of the many different people in Eilis' small town in Ireland including her sister Rose whose almost fun and carefree life integrated well with her ability to diffuse difficult conversations and situations between their Mother. Ms. Lacy and Eilis. It seemed as Rose propelled Eilis into her long journey, that perhaps Rose was the heroine of the story.

     However this is Eilis' story and although at times the reading seemed too detailed until I realized that I the reader was being drawn into her world lending to this story as if it were an Epic Novel spanning across continents, one familiar and so much a part of our main character's life and her new unknown continent. Toibin used both to give us a view of the post-World War II life and its impact on the young women of each continent.

     In America, specifically Brooklyn, New York, Eilis' world is one of deep uncertainty as she learns to navigate around her new surroundings and to understand and even care about people who are so different in not only ethnicity but in enlightenment. For me the beauty of this novel is Toibin's almost imperceptible insertion of mystery into the story as Eilis must choose between her old life and its familiarity with the new life she forged for herself in America.

Fiction; rated 4 out of 5.
Reviewed by Sherry L. Gotbaum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heart of the Matter

Title: Heart of the Matter
Author: Emily Giffin

This book is the story about the relationship between a gifted surgeon and his patient's family. It explores the dynamics of the doctor, his wife and family, and the patient and family. Very interesting look into relationships, human nature, and how it all plays out in the end.

Fiction; rated 5 out of 5.
Reviewed by Donna S.

A Perfect Life

Title: A Perfect Life
Author: Danielle Steel

This story is about a successful news anchor and her "so called perfect life". People don't know her real life struggles. An incident happens that changes her life. We follow the story as her life takes a turn and we see how it all turns out. A fast read, and a heartwarming story.

Fiction; rated 5 out of 5.
Reviewed by Donna S.