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Book Reviews

How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry, by Adam Sol

     It is an excellent resource to better understand poems in general, but more importantly, to make poetry less initmidating. The author takes you through several mostly new works as he demonstrates his approach of focusing, not on what a poem "means" but what it "does". It's a slim volume divided into short chapters that are perfect for reading when you have a snatch of time.   ~Naarah

     

A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza

     This is a profoundly moving work that I found myself thinking about and discussing with others for weeks. Though it prompted a resolve to make a special effort to smile at Muslim women and girls in hijab, my deepest impression after reading it is more to do with family relationships. It vividly illuminates the importance of both understanding the intentions of others and accurately conveying your own so that relationships don't crumble into a pile of "what ifs".   ~Naarah


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert 

     Interesting riveting story that reads like a science fiction thriller.   ~Joseph

 

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat, by Mark Hyman, MD

     Research on food, to give us a clue as to what to eat.    ~Joseph


Books of Blood, Volume 3, by Clive Barker 

     While the 80s-90s era this book was written in makes it problematic nowadays, it is otherwise a wonderfully written collection of stories. Though the front half is much stronger than the last few tales.   ~Brandon


The Magic Order, Vol. 1, by Mark Millar

     The tone and mood is perfectly set, and characters are lovably flawed individuals. Sadly the ending suffers when everything is wrapped up a bit too cleanly givien the tone and gravity of the events.   ~Brandon


Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network, by Lynne Olson

     Two women spies during World War II, the real James Bonds!     ~Bob


My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

      This is one of those books that you can't put down! It draws you in until the very last page. This book is my top favorite book I've read so far. Well worth the read!     ~Michael


I've Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark

     This book is the perfect guilty pleasure if you enjoy mystery/suspense. I highly recommend reading this book. It's an excellent page turner. All Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke novels are my favorite.     ~Michael


Takeoff, by Joseph Reid

     Very good read from the first page to the last . Joseph Reid did a very good job on this book.     ~William


Toby's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale, by W. Bruce Cameron

     This book is good for all ages. It tells the story of a dog's life and the love between a dog and his master.     ~William

 

 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

     This book is a true gem! It takes hold of your heart strings and doesn't let go until the very last page. Lisa See is an amazing writer who really brings her characters to life. Taking everyday struggles and weaving them into her characters. A must read!     ~Michael


Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr's Assassin, by James L. Swanson

      Great for history buffs or anyone who wants to learn more about the civil rights movement or the life and assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Although emotional to read at times, this is a very well-researched book that shed light on may facts about King's lilfe and death as well as the life of James Earl Ray.     ~Katie


My Italian Bulldozer, by Alexander McCall Smith

     Paul is writing a cookbook. His editor, Gloria, encourages Paul to go to Tuscany to cure his writer's block. Instead he unexpectedly falls in love.     ~Pat

 

Such Fine Boys, by Patrick Modiano

     By a French Nobel Prize Winner, this novel depicts the lives of teachers and students at Valvert, a private school outside of Paris, before World War II.     ~Mary

 

The Cast, by Danielle Steel

     Ms. Steel's newest book and the plot is first rate! She excels at pacing her narrative, which demonstrates the strength of women across generations and family. This is a smooth writing style, it makes it easy to forget the time and to keep flipping the pages. Magical!     ~Pat

 

The Right Time by Danielle Steel

     This is a current Danielle Steel book about one's passion and succeeding beyond one's wildest dreams. Ms. Steel delivers an uplifting story and covers current issues. Great read!     ~Pat

     

A State of Freedom, by Neel Mukherjee 

     Set in India in modern times, we meet and hear about the servants in a Bombay family, and of a man who trains a bear cub to dance.     ~Mary


Maximum Ride, by James Patterson

     Pretty good book. Some parts in the book threw you for a spirl. I like that it's a paperback book. I like that it's a science fiction book.     ~Carl


An Ember in Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

     Although written for young adults, the first of the Ember in the Ashes series is just as good for adults! It is well-written and will have readers enthralled in a new, dystopian world. Each character is unique and interesting. For fans of the Hunger Games, this books is a thrilling ride that shouldn't be missed! I also recommend continuing the series with book 2, A Torch Against the Night.     ~Katie


Great Courses: Modern Scholar

     I believe this audio book series is great for learning.     ~Joe


The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

     Very Good! Kept my attention from beginning to end, even though I've never read anything like this before. Love the characters and even read many pages without dialogue. Highly recommend it!   ~Laurie


Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches, by Steve Harvey

     Disappointing...when a book is by Steve Harvey I expect his effervescent, humorous personality - no humor involved in this work. I did like the references to God - didn't expect that, nice to know Steve's a Christian. Didn't realize he'd been homeless.     ~Laurie