Austin Kleon- Blackout Poetry

One of the best  web sites to find black out poetry is Austin Kleon. He is a best-selling author, artist and writer. In honor of April is Poetry month, blackout poetry is fun to read and create. His books,  “Show your work! : 10 Ways to Share your Creativity and Get Discovered,” “Newspaper Blackout,” and “Steal Like an Artist” are available through our library system.





I was very disappointed after viewing the movie Dunkirk. The action is centered on the troops waiting on the beach after being forced back by the German Army, and cut off from the rest of France and Belgium. But it felt like more of a documentary, with little dialogue and the plot was so slow moving that I didn’t even finish watching the film. I think this is more suitable for a die-hard war buff than for my tastes.

Bad Romance

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios is a heart-wrenching look at abusive relationships and helps to explain how a smart young woman can become involved in one.



The book is about Grace, whose homelife with her abusive, totalitarian step-father and her afraid, OCD suffering Mother drives her into the arms of Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Grace would do anything to escape the suffocating (and abusive) grip of her parents – but is Gavin really the way to do it?

Death of an Honest Man

bookScottish Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is back, and this time he is investigating the death of Paul English, an arrogant, greedy and nasty man who is constantly telling folks exactly what he thinks of them. Hamish’s assistant Charlie Carter is on the case with him, but soon thereafter, Charlie  finds himself following up on a new love interest as well. Detective Chief Inspector Blair is determined to ruin both Charlie and Hamish, until he is arrested for the murder. The usual characters all aid Hamish & his assistant in trying to solve the murder, which he does (of course) solve, but in a manner so as to give Blair the credit. Unfortunately that has an unintended result… Another enjoyable read by M.C.Beaton in the Hamish MacBeth series.

As Bright As Heaven

bookThree sisters move with their parents to Philadelphia from a small and familiar town in Pennsylvania, to live with their father’s uncle, an undertaker. Uncle Fred is widowed without any children and would like to leave the business to the girls’ father, Thomas. So Maggie, Evie and Willa must adjust to life in a big city, accepting their parents’ choice to move as a step toward a better life for their family. After losing their barely 6 month old brother to death, the family is struggling with  grief over the loss. But it is 1918, and the city faces the outbreak of the Spanish flu. Bodies of the dead are piling up in the embalming room, when young Willa is struck down with the disease. Her mom, Pauline, nurses her back to health, but then herself falls ill and dies, another huge loss for the grief-stricken family. But Maggie rescues a baby boy from a house where his mom and sister had died from the flu, and the girls focus on his well-being to keep their grief at bay. This is a touching portrayal of how families in the city of brotherly love coped with the Spanish flu, WWI and prohibition during the years 1918 to 1926, the time frame of the story. The author includes facts about the Spanish Flu, among them the reality that 50 million people had died worldwide, more than the amount of people lost during WWI. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.