Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Andrew Clements

December 5, 2019

Frindle Children’s author, Andrew Clements, died November 28th, 2019 at age 70.  Best known for his ‘school’ stories, Clements gave credit to the smart aleck class-clown (“Frindle”) and exposed the ‘bad’ teachers (“The Landry News”).  The plots of his books often centered around school settings with middle school-aged kids dealing with every day situations.  His writing was always accessible and compassionate.  He was a dependable writer for his audience and was said to have been at work on a sequel to “Frindle” at the time of his death.

A Single Thread

December 4, 2019

indexTracy Chevalier, author of The Girl With A Pearl Earring, has written a novel set in 1932 England about a young woman trying to support herself on her own. Violet Speedwell lost both her fiance and her brother in the Great War and struggles as a typist to earn enough for her rent and two meals a day. She finds a friend, Gilda, among the broderers, a group of women who embroider cushions and kneelers for the local cathedral. Through Gilda, Violet meets Arthur, a bell ringer at the church, who becomes very special to her. Chevalier’s characters are well-developed and they provide the reader with a snapshot of the difficulties faced by single women in 1930’s society.

National Book Award winners

November 30, 2019

indexAnd here they are: the National Book Award Winners of 2019:

Fiction: Trust Exercise — Susan Choi
Non-fiction: The Yellow House — Sarah M. Broom
Poetry: Sight Lines — Arthur Sze
Translated Literature: Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming — Ottilie Mulzet & László         Krasznahorkai
Young People’s Literature: 1919 The Year That Changed America — Martin W. Sandler

The Bookshop

November 27, 2019

indexBased on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, the movie stars Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, a widow with a desire to open a bookshop in a small coastal town in England in 1959. She faces opposition from the town matriarch, Violet, played by Patricia Clarkson, who does everything she can to thwart Florence, but the Old House bookshop opens successfully. But Violet is a schemer, and she refuses to give in. Bill Nighy is wonderful as Edmund Brundish, an town recluse who gallantly comes to Emily’s aid to combat Violet. It was a very entertaining film, but have a box of tissues nearby, for there are some sad scenes. The film ends with a twist; one I did not see coming…

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

November 26, 2019



If you are looking for a funny – but informative! – Jewish “encyclopedia” then look no further. This book includes religious terms and fun pop-culture references as well. This book would make a great coffee table book!

“Deeply knowing, highly entertaining, and just a little bit irreverent, this unputdownable encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish covers culture, religion, history, habits, language, and more. Readers will refresh their knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords, the meaning of words like balaboosta,balaganbashert, and bageling. Understand all the major and minor holidays. Learn how the Jews invented Hollywood. Remind themselves why they need to read Hannah Arendt, watch Seinfeld, listen to Leonard Cohen. Even discover the secret of happiness (see “Latkes”). Includes hundreds of photos, charts, infographics, and illustrations. It’s a lot.”

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