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“Every Last Lie”

August 17, 2017

 

“Every last Lie” is the latest suspense novel by Mary Kubica. Clare loves her husband, Nick. They have a good marriage and are about to have a second child. Days after the birth of their son, Nick is killed in a car accident. Their four year-old daughter survives. Clare’s life is turned upside down. Grieving her loss, she begins to discover hidden secrets Nick was hiding from her. Although the police rule Nick’s death an accident, Clare is not fully convinced. Told in alternating chapters in the voices of Clare and Nick, Kubica rewinds the events leading up to the time of the car crash. Although I did not like this book as much as Kubica’s first two, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense while not completely liking any of the characters.Every Last Lie (Signed Book)

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Invisible by Paul Auster

August 16, 2017

(4/5 stars – really liked it) Invisible has four parts. It begins being told in first person with “Spring.” This is where we get to know the main character, Adam, from his own account, in a very personal way. He’s at Columbia University (very knowable area for many of just-outside-of New-York-New-Yorkers) and experiencing life from a young student’s point of view-world is at his fingertips and he is just coming alive to his future possibilities. Something awful happens during this time with a loInvisibleNovelve triangle and a Columbia Professor that he is caught in a terrible situation that he had no control over, and didn’t see coming. This event will affect the rest of his life.

Then comes the next part, “Summer.” Here the story is told in second person, by Adam’s successful writer friend Jim, who has received writings from Adam. Here you learn about the love between Adam and his sister. This is an interesting part and almost feels like an entirely different book has begun.

And then in “Fall” the story is told in third person, after Adam’s death, put together with various bits and pieces of others accounts of Adam’s life, from their views and interviews. The constant thread of Adam’s life pulls you into forward through the book trying to find out what the TRUTH is of what really happened, and who Adam really is/was. I was a little disappointed that the ending left me still wanting answers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of storytellers in all their glorious perspectives. I feel “Invisible” refers maybe to the writer not being a constant, not a tangible, solid, character but rather a conglomerate of what others know of him and what they did to him hence making his story more of a vaporous cloud that forms and reshapes depending on who is doing the speaking. Is one a person in his own right or is one how others perceive him? – Trine G., Adult Summer Reading Participant

SLJ Top 100 YA “must-have” titles

August 15, 2017

2 bookSchool Library Journal has posted their list of the top 100 “must-have” titles for a YA collection. Here are their choices, as well as a list of 42 titles for a collection of novels that best reflect diversity. Check your collection against these titles. The top 5, of course, are the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, Speak (Laurie Anderson), Fault in Our Stars (John Green) and Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell).

Night Film

August 14, 2017

I don’t read too many adult books but this one was recommended to me as a good mystery. Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a mystery thriller that keeps you reading and intrigued without being too scary.

indexOn a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan.

Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

 Cordova’s dedicated followers are extreme in their devotion, to say the least, which makes every encounter that McGrath has an intriguing one. I actually enjoyed this story and one of the most interesting things about it were the Websites/pictures/articles (all fictitious of course) that were dispersed throughout the story to give it a more realistic feel. A great read!

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

August 14, 2017

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant


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