Archive for August, 2018

Dear Martin

August 18, 2018

For fans of last year’s The Hate U Give, Dear Martin by Nic Stone will definitely be up your alley! Dear Martin is about a prestigious high school student named Justyce McAllister. Justyce is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Switching between Justyce’s narration and his letters to Dr. King, Stone creates a narrative that clearly delineates the challenges that exists between race and culture – especially for young people. Some of the events in this book angered me, but Stone does a good job of giving purpose to that anger. 24974996

Goodbye, Paris

August 16, 2018

Grace Atherton is happy. Although certainly she has made sacrifices the past 8 years for her married boyfriend, she loves him and is certain that they will have a life together someday. She is willing to wait. Meanwhile, Grace makes instruments: violins, violas, cellos.  She has her shop in Kent, England, and easily runs off to Paris to see David whenever he is free.  Not a perfect life, but a life. Until David rescues a woman who has fallen onto the tracks of the Metro and her world gets shaken.  A talented cellist, Grace is afraid to play for an audience.  She wants a child, but time is running out.  She relies on her teenage employee, Nadia, to cover the shop while she manages her relationship. However, Nadia has secrets of her own. If you liked “How to Find Love in a Bookshop,” you will enjoy “Goodbye, Paris.”


Goodbye, Paris: A Novel

The Summer I Met Jack

August 15, 2018

111 bookMichele Gable pens a fictional account of a woman who had an affair with Jack Kennedy before he became president. Alicia, a maid in the Kennedy compound bewitches Jack, a charismatic young man among the Kennedy clan. He even proposes marriage to Alicia,  but his father Joe pays a Hollywood agent to lure Alicia away from the Kennedys and Jack especially. She becomes quite popular in the Hollywood crowd, dating many of the leading men of the time, but always keeps her love for Jack. The novel is lively, with good characterization by the author. A good beach read!

Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews Are In!

August 14, 2018

The 2018 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge is complete and the book reviews are in! See what participants thought about The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, and Circe by Madeline Miller below. Sound like something you’d like to read? Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (5 stars – LOVED IT!)


A book about love between two people that was so strong it never ended no matter where life took them. I couldn’t put this book down and completely connected with the characters and emotions. If you believe in fate you will love this story. It will pull at your heart strings! – Jennifer C.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron (5 stars – LOVED IT!)


A series of essays written by the late Nora Ephron. The author shares her true and hilarious feelings on such subjects as growing older and the burden of femininity such as carrying purses and maintaining one’s looks. I found it “laugh out loud” funny. It is the perfect read for a relaxing day and every reader will relate and recommend to a friend. – Candy P.

Circe by Madeline Miller (4.5 stars – REALLY LIKED/LOVED IT!)

51eaZ1mO9ML._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_I absolutely loved this book. Miller takes the well-known stories from Greek mythology and puts a new spin to them. The novel has many characteristics of Greek mythology – magic, bloodshed, betrayal, family drama – but also includes a re-telling of the often overlooked and villianized Circe. Miller’s Circe is complex and powerful. While the goddess is certainly not portrayed as perfect, Circe is characterized as kind, empathetic and most of all, reflective. She experiences adventures on the level of epics, but she also deals with very human experiences like motherhood. It is in these perhaps smaller, but moving, moments that I fell in love with her story and her life. This book was my favorite novel I’ve read this year and I would definitely recommend it to others. – Adult Summer Reading Participant

Until next summer, Happy Reading!




Teen Summer Reading is Almost Over!

August 11, 2018

The Palisades Library Teen Summer Reading program is almost over! The deadline to hand in your bookmarks is August 17th! Each punch on your bookmark is one entry into the raffle drawing for the Ukulele!

Also, don’t forget to register for the closing party! Click here to register!

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