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Those People

July 6, 2019

Those People ‘Those People’ begins with the death of an elderly woman (by natural causes) on a nice street in a well-to-do neighborhood in London. When the woman’s relative moves in with his girlfriend, chaos ensues with his playing of loud music at all hours, construction causing noise and unsightliness, rudeness bordering on intimidation, and general disregard for the other well-behaved neighbors living on the street.  When the newcomers (those people) start a business selling used cars from out of their home and park the vehicles all over the street, the neighbors begin banding together to devise a way to either push him to leave or reduce his disruption.  When someone ends up dead, the police get involved.  ‘Those People’ is interesting in that it pits conforming people against others who cannot be controlled and disciplined.  The negative effects of these new neighbors severely changes the culture of tranquility of the street to the point of breaking up families and causing tension and despair.  While not as good as her previous work, “Our House,” ‘Those People’ is entertaining.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

July 6, 2019


For book lovers all around – Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount is a fun and quick read. She gives information about some of the most interesting bookstores and Libraries to visit world-wide, inside information on famous books and authors, literary facts and cute book trivia. I might actually buy this for a coffee table book!

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

July 5, 2019

The 2019 Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo Challenge is underway (sign up at the Library now through August 17th), and the first of the book reviews are in! Here’s what summer reading participant Jennifer thought about Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Star Rating: 5 Stars – Loved it!

Daisy Jones & The Six is a book you will not be able to put down. It captured me from the moment I started reading it. The author Taylor Jenkins Reid did an amazing job of transporting me in time and made me care deeply for the characters. When I finished the book I was in awe of how unique it was. I hope they make it into a movie!* I really didn’t want the book to end! 

Sound like something you’d want to read? Click on the book cover to reserve your copy!

*Editor’s note: According to online reports, Amazon ordered a 13-episode limited series of Reid’s book, which will be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

July 3, 2019

indexThe second novel written by Balli Kaur Jaswal addresses the issues of family ties and sibling rivalry. Sita Shergill has an advanced cancer that leaves her little time to try and address the issues between her three daughters: Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina. Sita’s last request is for them to travel to India together on a pilgrimage, something she had always wanted to do, but no longer can. The sisters discover that the “perfect” lives they thought each other had were anything but perfect, as they travel through India following the itinerary that Sita had left for them. It’s a wonderful story of family ties, and the lessons learned when siblings learn to listen to each other, as well as a stunning glimpse into another culture and its sometimes shocking tenets.

Kate Greenaway & CILIP Medals

June 27, 2019

The winners of these British children’s books awards were announced last week.

The Poet X (older readers) and The Lost Words (younger readers) won this year.

The 2019 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists

CILIP Carnegie Medal:

1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)

2. Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)

3. The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson  (Usborne Books)

4. Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)

5. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

6. Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)

7. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber)

8. The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal:

1. The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (Walker Books)

2. Ocean Meets Sky written and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s)

3. Beyond the Fence written and illustrated by Maria Gulemetova (Child’s Play Library)

4. The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker)

5. Julian is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love (Walker Books)

6. You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry (Lantana)

7The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

8. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality written and illustrated by David Roberts (Two Hoots)

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