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.