Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Hey Jude

October 18, 2018

Paul McCartney is writing a children’s picture book for 2019.  Possibly titled, “Grandude,” the title is for children and their grandparents.  The book describes the adventures of a grandparent with their grandchildren. McCartney states it mirrors his own memories of being with his grandparents.  He has eight grandchildren of his own.

Neverworld Wake

October 15, 2018


Neverworld Wake is the newest YA novel from best-selling author Marisha Pessl (author of Night Film). The book centers around Beatrice who has just completed her Freshman year at college and is home for the Summer in Rhode Island. Beatrice receives an invitation from her boarding school friends who she has not had any contact with since the tragic and mysterious death of her boyfriend, Jim, at their remote and elite private boarding school the year before. Beatrice is apprehensive about seeing her enigmatic friends but decides that she has to see them in order to find out if they know any more information about Jim’s death so that she can put to rest her confusion once and for all.

What starts out as an awkward drunken reunion soon turns into a nightmare when an accident leaves the group in a time loop where they are doomed to relive the exact same day over and over again until they all come to a consensus and vote for the only one of them that will be allowed to survive.

I don’t want to give away too much more about this book. Marisha Pessl is great at combining the real and the paranormal into an amazing mystery and this book is just that – a well-thought out reality-bending (time travelling!) mystery.

Meet Jason Reynolds & Jacqueline Woodson

October 11, 2018

Jason Reynolds + Jacqueline Woodson   Title: Brown Girl Dreaming, Author: Jacqueline WoodsonSunday October 21st, authors Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson will be at the Strand in New York City. The 2 popular authors will speak about their work, Q & A and a book signing. Visit the Strand web site here for more information.

Sea Prayer

October 7, 2018

aa bookThis slim volume by Khaled Hosseini addresses the heart-breaking plight of the Syrian families attempting to escape the horrible conditions of their homeland. It is a letter from a father to his young son, where he laments the fact that the boy is too young to have known the beautiful country he grew up in, and describes all the wonderful aspects of his (the father’s) childhood. Dan William’s beautiful illustrations are a perfect match to the text, and after reading Sea Prayer, one can’t help but feel incredible empathy for the Syrian refugees. Hosseini is donating his profits from the book to organizations serving refugees, an honorable gesture. A must read.

I Know You Know

October 6, 2018

aa bookGilly Macmillan’s latest mystery leaves the reader guessing until the last minute as to” whodunit”.    Twenty years ago, two young boys were murdered in England, and the novel opens in present day, with a skeleton having been found very close to the original burial site of the boys. A close friend of the two, Cody Swift, decides to create a podcast dealing with their deaths, in an attempt to re-open the case and find the true murderer of the boys. The young man who went to jail for their murders, Sidney Noyce, had recently committed suicide while in jail, but several people were convinced he was innocent of the crimes. So Cody begins to interview everyone associated with the boys, except for one boy’s mom, Jess, who refuses to speak to him. She cannot relive the horror that she endured back then. But there is more than meets the eye, and Macmillan is a master at creating suspense. I was guessing up until the very end as to who the culprit was. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.

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