Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kennedys after Camelot

Title: Kennedys after Camelot

     It was alright, not my kind of movie.

Reviewed by LCP


Title: Feed (movie)

     A movie about the concerns of a distraught young lady after the passing of her brother and how she acts without him.

Reviewed by LCP

Buster Malheart

Title: Buster Malheart (movie)

      A very confusing movie that goes back and forth between present and past.

Reviewed by LCP

The Color Purple

Title: The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker

     The book is better than the movie.

Reviewed by LCP

Ghost of New Orleans

Title: Ghost of New Orleans (movie)

     I was bored. I just let the movie play while I did housework.

Reviewed by LCP

One Mile to You

Title: One Mile to You (movie)

     It was a sad movie involving the loss of a busload of teenagers traveling from a track meet. The only survivor of the track meet (didn't take the bus) has a hard time dealing with the loss.

Reviewed by LCP

Fist Fight

Title: Fist Fight (movie)

     It was kind of a not boring movie of two teachers who were going to fight after school.

Reviewed by LCP

Growing up Smith

Title: Growing up Smith (movie)

     A nice family movie of an East Indian who move to America for better things, even changing their son's name to an American name. When the Smith family sees too much changing in their family they go back to drastic change and send their son back to India.

Reviewed by LDP

Meet the Browns

Title: Meet the Browns (movie)

     It was a funny movie. Upon the death of the Brown family's father, the family finds out there is another sibling from a different mother.

Reviewed by LCP

Get on Up

Title: Get on Up (movie)

     The story of James Brown and how his career got started. It was a good movie especially the guy who played James Brown; he had the dancing, walking and attitude down perfectly.

Reviewed by LCP

XXX. Return of Xander Cage.

Title: XXX. Return of Xander Cage (movie)

     The movie was full of lots of adventure and amazing stunts.

Reviewed by LCP

True Blood

Title: True Blood (movie)

     It was really good. I do not usually watch vampire movies but, I didn't want to stop watching these series.

Reviewed by LCP

The Whole Truth

Title: The Whole Truth (movie)

     It was a good murder mystery not going to tell you how it ended but a young man was accused of killing his father.

Reviewed by LCP

Any Dream Will Do

Title: Any Dream Will Do
Author: Debbie Macomber

     This book is about a woman who went to prison for helping her brother. We follow her story as she gets out and has to start her life over with no family or friends. A kind pastor helps her get her life back.

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook

Title: the Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook
Author: Jessie Price

     It was a very helpful book full of easy and healthy recipes. The color illustrations were helpful as well.

Reviewed by Rachel

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Groom Says Yes

Title: The Groom Says Yes
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     A historical romance of the Brides of Wishmore series. An earl named Germac Enright (Mac) winds up in prison after being wrongfully charged of a murder. A priest is sent to help him escape. Mac is also a physician. He escapes and is found on an abandoned sheep shack after taking a fever in Scotland. Sabrina Davidson is a woman who finds out her dad is marrying a disreputable widow in front of her peers at a luncheon. She runs off in embarrassment and comes upon in the field far off the sheep shack with Mac in it and from there starts the adventure of them falling in love and clearing Mac's name of the murder.

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

The Bride Says Maybe

Title: The Bride Says Maybe
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     A historical romance of the Brides of Wishmore series, with Lady Tara Davidson in another book before this encounter and a man named Breccan Campbell. Breccan has bought up her father's gambling notes and unless Tara marries him her Dad will be thrown in debtors' prison. Tara marries him eventually but is afraid of him because he is a huge towering man. She sees he is a caring good man as the story goes on and eventually realizes how much she loves him truly when an old flame comes around from when she was younger..

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Lilac Girls

Title: Lilac Girls
Author: Martha Hall Kelly

     The book spans the time from 1939 when Hitler invades Poland  through the late 1950's and tells the story of three women whose lives become intertwined during the course of the war and afterwards. Caroline lives in New York and works at the French consulate. Karen is a young teenager from Poland sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp and Hesta is a doctor working with the Nazis at Ravensbruck. The book was based on the lives of actual people though the names were changed. I thought the book was very well written and highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Match Up

Title: Match Up
Author: Lee Child

     This was a great book. A lot of my favorite authors writing short stories together. It was wonderful. I hope they write more together.

Reviewed by Rose Parthe

The Marriage Ring

Title: The Marriage Ring
Author: Cathy Maxwell

     Historical romance - Cathy Maxwell is a great author. This is her third book I've read and I find I can follow the characters very easily. This book is about a young Scottish woman named Grace and a gentleman named Richard. He instantly comes to her rescue twice in one night the first time he meets her. Meanwhile he was upon meeting her supposed to give her a piece of his mind because of her accusations to his dad and uncle. They wind up going to Scotland to hear the truth from her father who was sentenced for ten years for "supposedly" stealing money and blamed by Richard's dad and uncle. Great adventure of a book!

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Silent Corner

Title: The Silent Corner
Author: Dean Koontz

     Excellent "novel of suspense"! The main character, Jane Hawk, investigates a series of suicides after her husband kills himself. Very good and exciting book!

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro


Title: Amelia (movie)
Starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere

     A story of the life of Amelia Earhart. I found it very interesting and informative. I was already aware of who Amelia Earhart was but the movie delved also into her personal life. She was truly into "woman's lib" long before it became a popular term. Hilary Swank and Richard Gere did a great job portraying Amelia and her husband George Putnam.

Reviewed by Anonymous


Title: Sting
Author: Sandra Brown

     Sandra Brown always writes in detail. You can't wait to read the next page. It kept you guessing till the end. A must read.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Monday, August 14, 2017

No Middle Name

Title: No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
Author: Lee Child

     I enjoyed this book because of the short stories. It got to the point and ending quickly which fascinated me. I recommend this book.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Blue Jasmine

Title: Blue Jasmine (movie)

     This movie brings in a lot of psychological elements as it shows you a woman's heartbreaking story of denial and drug and alcohol addiction. It teaches you to be kind to others all the time, not just when you need them as was the case with Jasmine who shunned her poorer sister when she was living the high life. The ending was rather up in the air but an interesting movie nonetheless.

Reviewed by Rachel

The Bride Says No

Title: The Bride Says No
Author: Cathy Maxwell.

     A historical romance that would probably be a good TV program. A woman named Aileen is sent to London to marry. Marries an abusive husband. She acts like she was promiscuous with another man so her husband will divorce her, which is unheard of in those days. Her sister years later is sent to be married in London. Is promised to a man named Blake but runs back home to her sister Aileen to avoid the marriage. Blake chases her to her home in the country and upon seeing Tara's sister Aileen falls in love with her. The wrong sister. Great story from there.

Reviewed by Dawn Vazquez

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lost and Found Sisters

Title: Lost and Found Sisters
Author: Jill Shalvis

     This book is about a young woman who finds out shockingly that she was adopted after her biological mother dies. She finds out she has a sister she never knew about. We follow their story as they get off to a rocky start as new sisters.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Almost Perfect

Title: Almost Perfect
Author: Susan Mallery

     This book is about a woman who is called upon to help her nieces who have been abandoned by their stepmother when their dad goes to jail. This woman comes back to a hometown she left for good many years ago. Will they welcome her home? Read this book and find out!

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Viscount Risks All

Title: The Viscount Risks All
Author: Erin Knightly

     This is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" series. I love getting to know the characters. Gavin Derington had a love when he was a boy but his friend never knew. When he went to declare his love she surprised him with own news that she was getting married. Felicity married a man and crushed Gavin. Years later Gavin meets up with Felicity at a party and learns her husband has died. She is now alone and has hopes of rekindling their relationship.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Earl I Adore

Title: The Earl I Adore
Author: Erin Knightly

     It's a historical romance. this book is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" series. Sophie Wembley's sister has eloped and now has ruined the chance for her or her sister to make a good marriage prospect. Because of her sister's elopement her family is now disgraced, especially since they are on the lower rung of the aristocracy ladder. Evan winds up being friends with Sophie under the guise of providing a friend for his sister. The more time together they spend the more he winds up realizing he's falling in love with Sophie. Sophie is excited because she secretly has been in love with Evan for the past two years of seasons. She has to hurry though to get him to marry her before the news of her sister's scandal breaks.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Title: The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World
Author: Haemin Sunim

     Spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world. How to achieve well-being and happiness by a Korean Buddhist monk.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Marriage of Opposites

Title: Marriage of Opposites
Author: Alice Hoffman

     Although I found the very beginning of the book to be slow moving, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. It is historical fiction based on true facts of the life of the famous artist Camille Pissarro. It takes place in the early 1800s on St. Thomas and starts with his mother Rachel's life as a young girl. I found the book to be very informative and interesting.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Rosie Colored Glasses

Title: Rosie Colored Glasses
Author: Brianna Wolfson

     This was a novel about Willow and friction between her parents. Her parents were so different they were divorced. Rosie - the mom - was free and unstructured. Rex was the dad - he was structured. Willow loved her mother and only wanted to be with her. Her mother died of an overdose and Willow and her father had to learn how to live and love again.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Black Elfstone

Title: The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara)
Author: Terry Brooks

     This is a fantasy fiction book. Although a bit formulaic, the story does manage to hold the reader's interest through clever use of characters' emotions combined with the pathos of a dying world of magic . . .

Reviewed by Nathalie Vasquez

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Winds of Skilak

Title: Winds of Skilak: A Tale of True Grit, True Love, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness
Author: Bonnie Rose Ward

     A young couple move from Ohio to Skilak Lake in Alaska. They start out in a tent, build a cabin and get animals. The only way to the town to get supplies is across Skilak Lake which is difficult at the change of seasons. In the winter they drive across it and in summer use a boat. But in between seasons it gets scary.
     Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Sliding into Home

Title: Sliding into Home: A Memoir
Author: Kendra Wilkinson

     Describes Kendra growing up with her mom, her father deserted the family, living at the Playboy mansion and marrying Hank and having her son.
     She shows that if you believe in yourself you can make it.
     Loved it.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Sergeant Rex

Title: Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and a Military Working Dog.
Author: Mike Dowling

     Mike Dowling and his military working dog are sent to Iraq. It's about their experiences and the human-canine bond they have. They have complete trust in each other.
     Great book.

Reviewed by Sue Roth

A Man of His Word

Title: A Man of His Word
Author: Kathleen Fuller

     An Amish book. Levi and Gabriel are twins. They both love the same woman they grew up with. But only Levi marries her. He leaves the Amish for another woman. When he realizes his mistake he is in a car accident and dies. His brother makes a promise to him on his death bed that he will take care of his wife.
     Does Gabriel marry her?
Great book.
P.S. She finds herself a widow and pregnant.

Reviewed by Sue Roth

Love Letters

Title: Love Letters
Author: Debbie Macomber

     A romance book. Couples come to Rose Harbor Inn to rekindle love. Roy and Maggie visit the Inn in hopes of healing their marriage after both of them have "strayed".
     Ellie's parents also visit the Inn and reunite.
     Mark, the handyman, hints that he may be leaving Cedar Cove soon.

Reviewed by Pat S.


Title: Fallen (movie)

     It was a good movie about disagreement between good and evil angels.

Reviewed by LCP

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hell on the Highway

Title: Hell on the Highway (TV Program)

     A treacherous road called Donner Summit gets blanketed by a  snow storm. Very enlightening seeing what the tow truck drivers are up against.

Reviewed by Maureen Walker

The Baron Next Door

Title: The Baron Next Door
Author: Erin Knightly

     Charity plays pianoforte and Hugh Danby, an injured captain from the war, gets bad headaches and attacks from noise. At first she plays the piano next door to him to annoy him without realizing about his spinal injuries. They form a friendship which turns into a romance. This is a historical romance that is a 4 part series of the "Prelude to a Kiss" novels.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

Devil in Spring

Title: Devil in Spring
Author: Lisa Kleypas

     Loved it! Lady Pandora is caught getting an earring out of a chair and a man named Gabriel St. Vincent is caught helping free her head she got caught in the chair. Then she is compromised to society's standards and is forced by the Tons' standards to marry him. It was also interesting to know what a "bathing machine" was. I actually looked up pictures on the Internet to see it. Definitely cool!

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

27 Dresses

Title: 27 Dresses (movie)

     A heartwarming film about accepting and going after your own dreams and desires rather than vicariously living them through others.

Reviewed by Rachel

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart

Title: Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
Author: Dion Leonard

     Uplifting tale of Dion Leonard, a veteran ultra-marathon runner, who while competing in a 155 mile race in the Gobi Desert befriends a small stray dog which he names Gobi. This is the story of their inspiring life together.

Reviewed by E. Feynman 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Finding Our Forever

Title: Finding Our Forever
Author: Brenda Novak

     This book is about a woman who was adopted and goes looking for her birth mother. She locates her and secretly takes a job working for her to get to know her. Will she finally reveal herself? Read the book to find out!

Reviewed by Donna S.

Secrets in Summer

Title: Secrets in Summer
Author: Nancy Thayer

     This book is about a woman who inherits her grandmother's house on Nantucket when the grandmother who mostly raised her passes away. We follow her interactions with the summer visitors to her year round home.

Reviewed by Donna S.

One Perfect Lie

Title: One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline

     After having read several of Lisa Scottoline's books, I was a bit disappointed in this one. I felt it lacked the usual suspense of her novels. Although I did finish it, it didn't hold my interest and live up to the review "enthralling and suspenseful, emotional thriller, will have you riveted till the shocking end, with killer twists".

Reviewed by Anonymous

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Homecoming

Title: The Homecoming
Author: Stacie Ramey

     This novel was geared toward the teenage reader - about a family where tragedy happens due to a car accident. John is the main character dealing with his brother's accident that left him paralyzed for life. The entire family blames themselves for the accident - until one day they all figure it out.
     They all start living life again and dealing with life - and the novel has a happy ending.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Watch Me Disappear

Title: Watch Me Disappear
Author: Janelle Brown

     It was a very interesting book. It kept me guessing till the end. I saw it in the excerpt and then to read the whole book it was intriguing.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Rather Be the Devil

Title: Rather Be the Devil
Author: Ian Rankin

     I couldn't get into it. It was all over the place and hard to follow.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ella Finds Love Again

Title: Ella Finds Love Again
Author: Jerry Eicher

     Ella cares for a widower's children. He is a widower and loves her. But she doesn't love him. The Bishop asked her to marry him but she told him no. He devises a plan to be the only eligible man for her. Then there's an English man (not Amish) that connects with her but he is English and she is Amish.
     Does she become an old maid?
     Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

A Time for Peace

Title: A Time for Peace
Author: Barbara Cameron

     Jenny meets her childhood sweetheart, marries and adopts his three children. She finds out her grandmother wrote her father (while she was on summer vacation) to tell him she fell in love with her childhood sweetheart. Her  father had left the Amish and hoped she'd have a college education. He told the boy to discourage their friendship. She never knew till she found letters from her dad to her grandmother. She also wants to conceive her own child but due to an accident isn't sure if she can get pregnant. Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

A Dream of Miracles

Title: A Dream of Miracles
Author: Ruth Reid

     Maddie is Amish and a widow with two small children. Her youngest gets sick and is hospitalized. A diagnosis is made and Child Protective Services gets involved. Bo becomes the investigator but unbeknownst to her he used to be Amish. Through trials they are pushed together and fall in love. Does her son get better? Does she face charges? Does their love relationship work?
     Love it.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Miriam and the Stranger

Title: Miriam and the Stranger
Author: Jerry Eicher

     Miriam is Amish and is resigned to never marrying till a freelance reporter comes to her community. She has feelings for him but she cannot marry him as he is not Amish. The next week a widowed bishop arrives in search of a wife. He picks Miriam. She kisses the reporter even though she's promised to the bishop. Does she follow her heart or her religious principles? Great book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Baron Next Door

Title: The Baron Next Door
Author: Erin Knightly

     A historical romance. This is part of the "Prelude to a Kiss" collection. I loved it! A baron who returns from the war and was told to go to Bath to get healed from his injuries from the war winds up going (by mistake) to relax there and doesn't realize he went to the week of a music festival. He goes to complain to his neighbor about her "voracious" piano playing and thinks it's a man and it turns out to be a young woman named Charity.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Wrong Bride

Title: The Wrong Bride
Author: Gayle Callen

     Historical romance about a Scottish Highlander who steals the cousin of a girl he was supposed to steal and marry to help his clan's financial ruin. They wind up having to work through the details of her being the "wrong" bride.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

The Lady Risks All

Title: The Lady Risks All
Author: Stephanie Laurens

     A historical romance that has one of the main characters showing why he has to re-invent himself as a new mystery person in London. All families go through hardships and this shows facets of others.

Reviewed by Dawn Roth-Vazquez

Meg's Confession

Title: Meg's Confession
Author: Sierra Donovan

     Meg's husband dies in a plane crash not knowing that Meg is pregnant. She feels guilty because he didn't want a child yet so she confesses her guilt in confession. But the "priest" in the confessional is not a priest but the church handyman! He keeps his secret from Meg for a long time . . .

Reviewed by Pat S.

The Nordic Guide to Living Ten Years Longer

Title: The Nordic Guide to Living Ten Years Longer: 10 Easy Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life
Author: Bertil Marklund

     "A short guide to a long life."  Easy-to-follow guide that stresses moderation in everything we do  . . . in order to live a long life. Ten tips are basically common sense but bear repeating.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heiress for Hire

Title: Heiress for Hire
Author: Erin McCarthy

     Great book. Showed what happens when you take a rich heiress and have her living in farm country. Her life changes.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Woman of God

Title: Woman of God
Author: James Patterson

     It was a good book considering it was read to me. I thought I wouldn't like this idea but it was a good thing; not always, I still need a paperback book every now and then.

Reviewed by LCP

The Founder

Title: The Founder (movie)

     I was bored with this movie. I'm glad I didn't go to the movies to see it.

Reviewed by LCP

Love: The Psychology of Attraction

Title: Love: The Psychology of Attraction
Author: Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD.

     It was a simple-to-read book giving direction as to how to attract someone and boost your self-confidence to doing so.

Reviewed by LCP

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Few of the Girls

Title: A Few of the Girls
Author: Maeve Binchy

     This is a collection of short stories developed around many different themes. The stories are a bit quirky, but overall I enjoyed the book.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Good Grief

Title: Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again
Author: Theresa Caputo

     For those people struggling with grief, this book can be a positive influence. While the content is much the same as her show and lectures . . . it does offer solace to those in mourning.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Title: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
Author: Susan Mallery

     This book is about two sisters who are reunited after many years. We see what happens when the younger one returns to their hometown, where the older one still lives with their dad.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Simple Household Wisdom

Title: Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home
Editor: Sara Lyle Bow

     A very helpful book that gives a lot of useful and easy to follow ideas to better clean and organize your home. It also provides color photos to clarify how to put the ideas into action.

Reviewed by Rachel.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Come Sundown

Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts

     It's set on a Montana ranch. Main character is Bodine. Her aunt ran off before Bodine was born. She's never come back as she was abducted and tortured and held for years as a prisoner. She finally runs away and is found in the snow. With a birthmark they realize who she is. More women get abducted, some killed, some have babies that are sold. Has a surprise ending as who took her aunt also has ties to her family.
     Excellent book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Maddie Diaries

Title: The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir
Author: Maddie Ziegler

     I thought she would write a biography of her life. Very disappointing. She writes about beauty tips and friendships, and answers questions from readers. Abby Miller is not mentioned nor in the picture content. My opinion, if it weren't for Abby she wouldn't be where she is now. She writes the book like life revolves around her. Her mom at her "beck and call", forgetting she has a stepfather and sister.
     Very disappointed.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Missing Your Smile

Title: Missing Your Smile
Author: Jerry Eicher

     An Amish girl joins the "English" life as her fiancée cheated on her. She meets interesting and friendly people along the way. She is introduced to "English" ways. She meets a pregnant unwed "English" woman who asks for help in having her baby adopted by an Amish family. She returns to her Amish home with her friend and baby with her. But what happens?
     Loved this book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Secrets of My Life

Title: The Secrets of My Life
Author: Caitlyn Jenner

     She describes how she felt being a woman inside her all her life and had to let her out to live. In the book you see the pain and compromises and unhappiness when she couldn't "come out". She says "there is no right or wrong way to be except who you are". She shows the obstacles to equal rights and lucky to have a public forum to change the way it is. She's still evolving. She says "gender is a journey whoever you are. Thoughts change, circumstances change, your view of what is important changes and your world changes".
      Well said. I enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Final Frontiersman

Title: The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
Author: James Campbell

     Loved the book. About Heimo and his family that live in the Alaskan mountains. He is featured on TV's "Last Alaskans". He describes how Heimo lives on one of 7 existing cabins on the designated wildlife preserves, hunting, fishing and trapping and miles from civilization. He raises his family there. He loses his 2-year-old daughter when his canoe overturns during "spring break". He describes the beauty and the hardships of living in the bush.
     Loved the book.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Beloved Hope Chest

Title: The Beloved Hope Chest
Author: Amy Clipston

     Love this Amish book. Mattie's daughters know she has a secret. It has to do with an envelope and a blue "onesie" in her hope chest. She reveals the story with love and heartache to her daughters.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Born Both: An Intersex Life

Title: Born Both: An Intersex Life
Author: Hida Viloria

     Touching memoir on what it's like to live as an intersex person. Written as a personal history -- it also stands as an activist's cry for more understanding and respect.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Book of Aron

Title: The Book of Aron
Author: Jim Shepard

     About Aron -- how he grew up after he moved from a Polish village to busy Warsaw. He lost his family; he was confined to Jewish quarters. He was a smuggler. He always thought about himself until he met Janusz Korczak, a famous doctor and children's advocate who also ran an orphanage. Aron discovered and learned about humanity through Dr. Janusz Korczak.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Springtime at the Grand Hotel

Title: Springtime at the Grand Hotel
Author: Amie Denman and May Williams

     The large Philips family runs the Grand Hotel on White Pine Island. Kelsey, the temporary doctor on the island, falls in love with one of the Philips' sons. Many other love connections develop on the island.
     Sounded like a fun place to visit!

Reviewed by Pat S.

The Clancys of Queens

Title: The Clancys of Queens
Author: Tara Clancy

     Author recalls growing up in Queens, particularly in Broad Channel and Rosedale. She recalls many places that are still there today and even includes a map showing many of the places and neighborhoods mentioned in the book including my high school -- The Mary Louis Academy!
    She was a wild and street-smart child!

Reviewed by Pat S.

If Not for You

Title: If Not for You
Author: Debbie Macomber

     Beth and Sam are not impressed with each other when set up on a blind date but after Sam witnesses her car accident they become good friends

Reviewed by Pat S.

A Hiss Before Dying

Title: A Hiss Before Dying
Author: Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

     It was okay but I couldn't get used to the animals giving the narrative.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

The Elm Creek Quilts Collection

Title: The Elm Creek Quilts Collection
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini

     This book contains three complete novels.Taking place at the the time of the Civil War and later, these stories tell about a quilter who starts a Quilting Society in an old mansion in Pennsylvania. Quilting is explained along with the story of the establishment of the Society. Each novel includes its own characters. This book has inspired my interest in quilting and I plan to make a quilt.
     Very good book!


Title: Logan (movie)

     It was a good movie.

Reviewed by LCP

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Passengers

Title: The Passengers (Movie)

     I liked this movie. I thought that it was an interesting story line. It was about people who were put into hibernation for 130 years on a spaceship taking them to another planet. This planet was supposed to be the start of a new life and civilization. When there is a glitch in the spaceship's system, a man wakes up out of his hibernation 90 years early. He is the only person who is awake on the ship, so he has to keep himself occupied. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes abstract, futuristic movies.

Reviewed by Cassie F.

New Wave Warriors: Mission Critical

Title: New Wave Warriors: Mission Critical (TV program)

     It's about innovators, photographers, adventurers, and scientists risking it all to protect the ocean. They show scuba divers going under icebergs collecting samples. Comparing pictures of landscapes from 100 years ago to today in the Arctic. Also looking at the great Barrier Reef and seeing how      much has died. Very informative. It was on National Geographic channel.

Reviewed by Maureen Walker

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blue Diary

Title: Blue Diary
Author: Alice Hoffman

     A man's past catches up with him and like dominoes the worlds of those who surround him fall. I enjoyed this plot/character driven story. It left me wondering what one of the main characters would do right up until the end of the book. The book is well written; Hoffman's use of language is seamless.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Madea's Witness Protection Program

Title: Madea's Witness Protection Program (movie)

     This movie is so funny that I often rent it when I'm looking for a good laugh. Tyler Perry is such a talented actor and director who creates movies with humor and life lessons.

Reviewed by Rachel

The Girl You Left Behind

Title: The Girl You Left Behind
Author: Jo Jo Moyes

     Although this book was fictional, it was based on historical facts. It tells the story of Sophie who lived through the German occupation of France during World War I and Olivia who in 2006 is told she has to return a painting that means the world to her, because it was acquired illegally by the Germans. It is the story of the deep love these women had for their husbands and just how far they will go to preserve that love. I thought it was a great story.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Abandoned NYC

Title: Abandoned NYC
Author: Will Ellis

     Over 200 images of urban decay and abandoned places in New York City. Quite interesting for people looking for other places of interest to see.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness

Title: Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life.
Author: Donna Smallin

     A very small pocket-sized handbook with little techniques to declutter your life.

Reviewed by LCP

Why Him?

Title: Why Him? (movie)

     It was a funny movie basically about a guy who wanted permission to marry a young lady from her dad but since the dad was very rich he didn't care what the young man bought to impress such as a bowling lane installed in his house with his "father-in-law's" photos above it.  Also the young man has no filter as to what he says and does.

Reviewed by LCP

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

All Better Now

Title: All Better Now
Author: Emily Wing Smith

     This is a true story-memoir about the author's childhood into college. Emily was different from other kids.She was extremely left-handed, had a "bad" right side. When she was twelve years old she was hit by a car. It was discovered that Emily had a brain tumor; then she had excess fluid dripping out of her nose. She spent most of the sixth grade in the hospital.
     She was always a writer - always encouraged especially by her father to use her talents. She is currently married. She attended Brigham Young University and lives in Salt Lake City. She substitutes at her old high school.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Serenity Harbor

Title: Serenity Harbor
Author: RaeAnne Thayne

     This book is about a woman who returns home for her sister's wedding and what happens while she's there.

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Identicals

Title: The Identicals
Author: Elin Hilderbrand

     This book is about twin sisters separated when their parents divorced. One went to live with the Dad and the other with the Mom. They are estranged for 14 years until a family event reunites them. We will see if they are able to become close again.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Rise: How a House Built a Family

Title: Rise: How a House Built a Family
Author: Cara Brookins

     Very good book about a lady with 4 kids (not good marriages), decided to take charge of her life after divorce and build a house based on a lot of YouTube videos. I liked it.

Reviewed by Anonymous


Title: Brazen
Author: Loren D. Estleman

     It was a little too drawn out with details  that dragged on. Wasn't a favorite for me.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Following Your Heart

Title: Following Your Heart
Author: Jerry Eicher

     It's about an Amish woman who tries the "English" world and comes with her friend. Her friend has a 3 month old baby and with her not being married isn't exactly welcomed by the Amish. Her friend loves the peace and faith of the Amish but to belong to the community must marry a man that the deacon tells her to.
     Does she marry him? Does her friend stay Amish?
     Great book.

Always Close to Home

Title: Always Close to Home
Author: Jerry Eicher

     It's an Amish book about twin sisters. Laura is engaged to John but he falls and is blind and paralyzed. She prays for his healing as with Amish law, if a husband can't work they can't be wed. Does she get her miracle and her wedding? Her sister Lydia is in love with Milton. He wants to marry her but in the English world (not Amish) Does he get baptized in the Amish faith and marry her or does she get shunned and marry in the English world?

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Stars Are Fire

Title: The Stars Are Fire
Author: Anita Shreve

     I especially enjoyed this book since I have vacationed in Maine many times and was aware of the great fire of 1947 through the many ranger programs I took in Acadia National Park. It is the story of Grace, a young mother of two toddlers who not only saves their lives when the fire strikes but goes on to rebuild their lives during which time her husband is missing. It is a story of love, courage, and discovering our strengths during times of tragedy.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Frida Kahlo at Home

Title: Frida Kahlo at Home
Author: Suzanne Barbezat

     This book celebrates the life and career of Kahlo, a fascinating artist and personality of her time. The book is a visual feast of both her paintings and of the interiors of her home.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Monday, July 17, 2017

Don't Look Back

Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer Armentrout

     I was drawn into this book from the first few pages. It was a nice mix of action, mystery, and romance. A very well-written book with a shocking conclusion that leaves you awestruck.

Reviewed by Rachel E.

Circus Girl

Title: Circus Girl
Author: Clare Pernice

     A girl in a circus. Her toys are watching a circus. The curtain goes up. The girl is the star. She jumps through a hoop. She is daring and dazzling and dramatic. Stupendous. Outrageous.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Circus Parade

Title: Circus Parade
Author: Harriet Ziefert

     A parade. A circus parade. A dog, a cat. A dog from Kalamazoo. Flags are waving, horns are blowing. Hear the cheers. Horns and drums and marching feet. Catch the beat.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Rock of Tanios

Title: The Rock of Tanios
Author: Amin Maalouf

     A heartfelt rendering from the loser's perspective, which is a refreshing thing to consider.
     Maalouf tells a story which takes place in the twilight of the great era of Pashas and Arabian Moguls, in a time when the Europeans began their conquest and eventual takeover of a magical land and their people. We know this time as the Victorian Era.
     There is also a mystery involved as well as international politics and intrigue. Maalouf blends all this with a very personal tale of parental love, sorrow, and perhaps even triumph.
     Excellent reading.

Reviewed by Nathalie Vasquez

Ripped at the Seams

Title: Ripped at the Seams
Author: Nancy Krulik

     This is a riveting book. the story is about a small town girl who moves to the city to become a dress designer. It shows all the ups and downs she goes through to achieve her dreams.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Treasuring Emma

Title: Treasuring Emma
Author: Kathleen Fuller

     Emma was hurt by a man that she had a close relationship with. She meets another man and starts to fall in love. But in the end true love wins.
     I love the Amish books as they remind that faith and believing in God always makes a way.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

The Amish Harvest

Title: The Amish Harvest

     Four books in one by Amish authors.

Under Harvest Moon is about a widow that finds love again.

Love & Buggy Rides is about a buggy accident that brings friendship and turns it into love.

A Quiet Love is about a shy, timid Amish girl falling in love with a farmer.

Mischief in the Autumn Air - there is an auction in Amish country with pieces of furniture with maps on them. It's a treasure hunt but with an unusual treasure.

Reviewed by Susan Roth

A Miracle of Hope

Title: A Miracle of Hope
Author: Ruth Reid

     Main character is pregnant out of wedlock and and dealing with Amish custom. Her parents arrange a marriage with a widower and his 8 year old deaf daughter. The daughter has a special healing gift which she uses during the book. Her father gets sick etc. God chose to let their love grow through their struggles.
     Love a good ending!

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Where Love Grows

Title: Where Love Grows
Author: Jerry Eicher

     During Susan's time out of Amish country she got her GED, driver's license, and dated an "Englisha" man. When she comes home to Amish country she doesn't know if she'll stay. She decided to give her old boyfriend a chance and he cheats on her. She finds out before her father married her mother he fathered a child with an "Englisha" which he thought died (against Amish law). She learns about forgiveness and love through all her trials. There is also a hired hand who is Amish that works on the farm. She eventually marries but to which one?

Reviewed by Susan Roth

Tumble! A Little Book about Having It All

Title: Tumble! A Little Book about Having It All
Author: Maria Van Lieshout

     "Look what I found. Tracks." Tumble smiled. "let's go get that red thing. It's long and warm. That is a big warm long scarf."

Reviewed by Angela E.


Splash: A Little Book about Bouncing Back

Title: Splash: A Little Book about Bouncing Back
Author: Maria Van Lieshout

     Splash is a blue seal in a bad mood. His friend comes to play in the water with him. He says "I'm in a bad mood". "The sun is not out yet." "Look pal, the sun is out. Let's play all day."

Reviewed by Angela E.

The Caine Mutiny

Title: The Caine Mutiny
Author: Herman Wouk

     This book is about war in the South Pacific. It is exciting, funny, and about greed and gaining power. I enjoyed this book.

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro

One for the Money

Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich

     Janet Evanovich writes light and wonderful mysteries with my favorite character, Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter. Everything that can go wrong in her investigations, goes wrong. Usually she is helped by a hunky man named Ranger, who is very mysterious. The stories are wonderful and I enjoy them immensely.

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro

Option B

Title: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Author: Sheryl Sandberg

     A powerful, practical book about building resilience and personal strength after life-altering changes such as death of a spouse. Part memoir . . . part self-help book . . . Sandberg and her co-author, a psychologist offer help and solace for people who have faced adversity.

Reviewed by E. Feynman

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Impossible Engineering

Title: Impossible Engineering (TV Program)

     Awesome, very informative. This episode was about "Hilo 6" the station based in Antarctica and what it took to build it. The second part was about the ISS "International Space Station" and what it took to build onto that.

Reviewed by Maureen Walker

Two by Two

Title: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks

     Excellent book. A book about success, loss and eventually the understanding of unconditional love.

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro


Title: Dust
Author: Patricia  Cornwell

     If you like murder mysteries and Patricia Cornwell's books, with Kay Scarpetta and Detective Marino, you will enjoy this book. A terrific "Who Done It".

Reviewed by Diane Gaimaro

My Best Pal Is a Puppy

Title: My Best Pal Is a Puppy
Author: David Slonim

     My best pal is my puppy named Rachel. She follows me around wherever I go. She eats my leftover food for me. I love my pal like family.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Hopper & Wilson

Title: Hopper & Wilson
Author: Maria Van Lieshout

     Hopper & Wilson are best friends ever. One is an elephant and one is a mouse. They do everything together because that's what friends are for.

Reviewed by Angela E.

I'm Not

Title: I'm Not
Author: Robert Weinstock

     I'm not like my friend. I think she's from Mars. She's so silly like an alien. She hangs upside down from trees. She is a bit mysterious. My friend's name is Amy the Alligator.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Girl Unbroken

Title: Girl Unbroken
Author: Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney

     This is a true story about a family of 5 siblings from 5 different fathers and their abusive childhoods from foster care to their mother. Their mother was drug addicted and a drunk. This book told of all of Rosie's experiences and how she survived -- she survived molestation, beatings, starvation.
     She triumphantly studied at and graduated from Idaho State University. She is married, has 3 children, and serves as an account executive at First Digital Telecom.

Reviewed by Anonymous.

The Duchess

Title: The Duchess
Author: Danielle Steel

     This book is about a woman born to royalty, and the surprising twists and turns her life takes when something happens to rock her whole world.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fast & Loose

Title: Fast & Loose: a Stone Barrington Novel
Author: Stuart Woods

     A typical Stone Barrington book with the ending leaving you hanging to his next book.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Reba McEntire, the Queen of Country

Title: Reba McEntire, the Queen of Country
Author: Carol Leggett

     This is about Reba McEntire. She is about 62 years old. She is a country singer. She sang with other country singers. They were awesome singers but Reba has a much better voice than they do.
     Reba is a great actress. She has a show called "Reba". She is a mom and a granny on the show and she's good at it.
     She has a son in real life. My whole life I wish I was her or Dolly's child. My Mom is a sick woman. I still love my Mom.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Title: Boo! A Madea Halloween (movie)

This is such a funny movie. It has so many great lines and the characters have such great chemistry. Underneath the comedy of Tyler Perry's movies is always a deeper message about family values. It's a great movie to watch any time you need a good mood boost.

Reviewed by Rachel Ether

Madea's Big Happy Family

Title: Madea's Big Happy Family (movie)

This movie is quite the opposite of its title. By that I mean a mother is trying to bring together her family, which has fallen apart, to tell them about her failing health. It is a sad movie.

Reviewed by LCP

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

Title: I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
Author: Kevin Hart

It was a good book about Kevin Hart's journey to becoming a comedian.

Reviewed by LCP

Why Did I Get Married Too

Title: Why Did I Get Married Too (movie)

The movie shows the possible ups and downs of married couples and showing just because they look happy on the outside doesn't mean that it really is. A totally opposite ending to this movie then what you would think.

Reviewed by LCP

Hidden Figures

Title: Hidden Figures (movie)

An excellent movie about the first African American women who worked for NASA. We take a walk with the women through the many stages of their lives.

Reviewed by LCP

Beach House for Rent

Title: Beach House for Rent
Author: Mary Alice Monroe

This book is about a well-loved beach house passed down through generations. We follow the life of the owner, as well as the tenant for this summer.

Reviewed by Donna S.

Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C.

Title: Unofficial Guide to Washington D.C.

Great book. Had a lot of info off the regular Washington stuff that I got to use.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

Eyewitness Travel Washington D.C,

Title: Eyewitness Travel Washington D.C.

Excellent. Gave so much information and maps. Was very helpful with my trip. I might even buy one next year.

Reviewed by Rosemarie Parthe

The Husband's Wife

Title: The Husband's Wife
Author: Liane Moriarty

A wife finds out a secret from her husband's past that she wasn't meant to find out about until after his death. It consequently affects the lives of several families in the community. The book had a little bit of everything -- family dynamics, friendships, and ultimately suspense.

Reviewed by Anonymous

The Courage to Grieve

Title: The Courage to Grieve
Author: Judy Tatelbaum

Unusual self-help book about surviving grief -- provides a fresh look about grief and how to comfort and help a person going through this process.

Reviewed by Eileen Feynman

Eleanor and Hick: the Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady

Title: Eleanor and Hick: the Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady
Author: Susan Quinn

A retelling of the romantic relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, an author and reporter. Their complex history together affected not only ER's private life, but also her role as a reformer and first lady. This well-documented book bases its information on primary sources such as personal letters and presents an interesting view of this period of American history.

Reviewed by Eileen Feynman

Friday, July 7, 2017

Beard Science

Title: Beard Science
Author: Penny Reid

I've read the other books in this series and I loved them all. This one took me a bit to warm up to it. To get used to him as the main character and the love interest. But once I got warmed up to it, I really enjoyed it. I laughed and cried. And I definitely hope that there are other books in this series.

Reviewed by Jenny

Earthly Remains

Title: Earthly Remains
Author: Donna Leon

Another in the series of Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries. Circumstances require Guido to take an unscheduled leave of absence from the police department. While away, he inadvertently stumbles upon a mystery he feels compelled to solve.

Reviewed by Anonymous

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Title: Ominous
Author: Kate Brian

     New York Times best selling author - this novel geared more towards teenage crowd - about teenagers in a high-end boarding school called Easton. A great deal of odd, mysterious events took place. Girls were missing; girls started to believe in witches.
     Turns out relatives of the girls from many years ago were doing the kidnapping and claimed these girls were not worthy to attend Easton. Just like most mysteries, the "Bad Guys" were captured and put in jail.

Reviewed by Leslie F.


Title of Movie: Avatar

I enjoyed watching Avatar. I thought that it was such a creative idea. This movie made me connect to characters as I learned more about their personalities. I would definitely recommend this movie to a friend, because it was very abstract but exciting at the same time. The world of Pandora that the book takes place in is such a beautiful land. Disney World's Animal Kingdom Park recently opened up a land based on this book. I can't wait to visit it and see the movie brought to life.

Reviewed by Cassie Faber

The Talents

Title: The Talents
Author: Inara Scott

I think Talents was a fantastic book. In this book there are people with powers. A poor girl who is a freshman gets invited to a rich school with a full scholarship. She thinks it's odd they gave her this opportunity with her just okay grades. She makes friends at this school and feels something is different and untold at the school.

Reviewed by Lianna Faber

Jacob and Lily

Title: Jacob and Lily
Author: Shannon Layne

This book is about 2 comic crazy people who share their love of comics online. They eventually meet each other in person. They learn that they already knew each other a little from school. They become good friends. They realize they have a lot in common and like to keep their love of comic characters a secret.

Reviewed by Lianna Faber

16th Seduction

Title: 16th Seduction
Author: James Patterson

I love reading James Patterson. 16th Seduction was just as riveting as his other books. When you think you have things figured out, he puts a twist on everything.

Reviewed by Angela C.

Sam the Minuteman

Title: Sam the Minuteman
Author: Nathaniel Benchley

     200 years ago a boy named Sam was about 12 years old. He and his dad and farmers fought against the British. Sam's pal got shot in his leg; in all 8 minutemen were shot. By the end of the war, the American Revolution, which lasted 8 years, America was now a country. Amen.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Cherokee

Title: The Cherokee

I am a Blackfoot Cherokee. Today the Cherokees are from Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. My family is part Cherokee. My Mom's Dad is a Cherokee chief. That makes me a Cherokee Indian.

Reviewed by Angela E.

Rise of the Isle of the Lost

Title: Rise of the Isle of the Lost
Author: Melissa de la Cruz   

     This is the third book in the Descendants series. The villain children from the Isle of the Lost have been living in Auradon among the heroes for a while now. They have even become heroes themselves multiple times. When they find out that King Triton's trident was lost somewhere on the Isle of the Lost, the villain kids decide its time to go back to the isle to find it. The trident is very dangerous because it holds power that villains could use to get back at the good people. When some of the villains on the isle find out about this powerful item, they all begin to search for it in hopes that they could take over Auradon in the future. The race to find the trident becomes very dangerous and is super eventful. Will the good kids or the villains get to the trident first? Read the book to find out! I enjoyed this book a lot, because it took me into a magical fairytale land. It makes you use your imagination and everything in it is so detailed. I am really looking forward to watching the movie this summer that continues this story!

Reviewed by Cassie Faber

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Everygirl's Guide to Cooking

Title: The Everygirl's Guide to Cooking
Author: Maria Menounos

     I read "The Everygirl's Guide to Cooking" which provided a lot of delicious, easy to prepare meals that are helpful for starting a healthy lifestyle.

Reviewed by Rachel E.

Banana Cream Pie Murder

Title: Banana Cream Pie Murder
Author: Joanna Fluke

     Hannah Swenson solves yet another murder with her usual band of cohorts. The book ends with another mystery that is upsetting to Hannah, yet she is unable to solve it. My guess is that will be the main topic of Fluke's next novel.

Reviewed by Kathy P.

Friday, June 30, 2017

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr.

Title: I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr.

     Dr. King is a hero; he always will be to me. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a smart kid. He became a minister; a minister is someone who talks about God a lot to people. He wanted to stop racism. In the old days, black and white kids could not go to school together. Dr. King took charge of people and led a peaceful march through the streets. In 1963 he talked to more than 250,000 people in Washington D.C. He said these words: I have a dream to stop racism.

Reviewed by Angela

Harriet Tubman

Title: Harriet Tubman

     She was a slave that was born in Maryland in 1820. She did not get to go to school like we do. When she was 6 years old she had to work hard with her Dad on the farm. In 1844 she ran away to Pennsylvania. It was a long hard trip. She walked through rivers and swamps and slept in the woods. Pennsylvania was a free state. Almost all the northern states of America were free states. The southern states were slave states. Thank God for Harriet Tubman for saving about 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was not a train. It was a way for slaves to become free. It was a risky thing to do back then.

Reviewed by Angela

Same Beach, Next Year

Title: Same Beach, Next Year
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank

     This book follows 2 couples as they vacation together each year at the beach. There are many twists and turns in their relationships.

Reviewed by Donna S.

The Reading Circle

Title: The Reading Circle
Author: Ashton Lee.


Written by Rosemarie Parthe.

The Royal Park Murder

Title: The Royal Park Murder
Author: Alanna Knight

Very entertaining for a short book. A real who-dun-it.

Written by Rosemarie Parthe.

The Devil's Triangle

Title: The Devil's Triangle
Author: Catherine Coulter

Was one of her best books yet. It kept you on the edge of your seat until the very end and then it still kept me wondering.

Written by Rosemarie Parthe

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Billy Joel: the Definitive Biography

Billy Joel: the Definitive Biography
Written by Fred Schruers

     This biography was extremely thorough. Brought back memories of the 70's and 80's for me. I learned a great deal about Billy Joel that I otherwise would not have known if I did not read this book. For one thing he does not have a religion or believe in God. Another thing Billy Joel enjoys staying at home and cooking and peace and quiet.
     I have attended 3 Billy Joel concerts - 2 at Madison Square Garden and the last play at Shea (Have been a Mets fan since since 1969). I also worked the Nassau Coliseum (custodial) when he opened the new venue. My favorite songs are "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind".
     The author was a writer for "Rolling Stone". He chronicled Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and Sheryl Crow.

Robert Parker's Little White Lies

Robert Parker's Little White Lies

Written by Lisa S. on May 24, 2017
Mr. Atkins does an excellent job of continuing the Spenser series in the spirit of Robert Parker's characters. Dialog, plot, and characterizations all ring true to the original.😊

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Paula B. on Jun 25, 2017
Describes the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American woman who died of cancer in 1951 and who unknowingly donated her cancer cells to science. These were reproduced and used in medical research countless number of times. The book details the psychological effect this had on her family members. It also discusses the ethical issues that resulted.