Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

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!)

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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!)

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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!

Convenience Store Woman

August 9, 2018

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata is a short novel translated from Japanese. Keiko is a 36 year-old woman working in a convenient store in Japan since she was 18. Unlike the other employees who have come and gone at the store, Keiko is not intending this to be a transient job or a means to an end. This is where she feels like she belongs and doesn’t have higher aspirations. As a child, she startled her parents and teachers by exhibiting some questionable behavior. In order to conform to what everyone told her was normal, Keiko has been observing her fellow workers and listening to her sister’s advice about how to be ‘normal.’  It may be that her family and friends can’t understand her satisfaction about her job or single status.  However, Keiko is content and structures her life to her job as a convenience store worker.  When a new employee comes to the store, Keiko sees him as a way to stop her family and friends from asking when she will get a real job and when will she get married and have children.  The young man sees Keiko as a way of keeping people from bugging him, too, about similar demands from society that he wants no part of.  Convenience Store Woman demonstrates alternatives to normal that may just be very….  normal.

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The President Is Missing

August 8, 2018

111 bookBill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for a top-notch thriller where the President, Jon Duncan, drops out of sight in order to save the world from a computer virus. If released, this virus has the capability to wipe files on every device in the U.S. that is connected to the Internet, resulting in mass hysteria. No Wall Street, no money in banks, no records anywhere, no fresh water, electricity, in effect, the U.S. would become the largest third world country.  President Duncan has one ally in his corner: Augie, the male half of a duo that wrote and embedded this virus. But there are assassins after the president as well, and he is unsure of whom he can trust in his select circle in Washington, when he discovers a mole in the “Group of Eight”, the top members of his group of advisors. Another matter to settle: who has financed this operation, suspected to have been run by a terrorist organization? A fast paced suspense novel that will leave the reader on the edge of his seat before the finale.


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