Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Mrs. March

September 25, 2021
Mrs. March: A Novel by [Virginia Feito]

The latest title with an unreliable female narrator, Mrs. March is a suspenseful thriller with an old-fashioned ‘Hitchcock’ style narrative. A dark study of a woman’s instability and unravelling, Mrs. March is the wife of a successful author who believes everyone is talking about her. Mr. March’s latest book is a popular novel with a prostitute as the main character. When someone casually mentions that her husband based the character on her, Mrs. March grows more paranoid and descends into madness. I enjoyed following how she grows more and more suspicious of everyone around her and her warped reactions to events. The book has already been optioned to be made into a movie starring Elizabeth Moss.

The Women’s March

September 22, 2021

This latest novel by Jennifer Chiaverini relates the hardships and violence suffered by the women who fought for the voting rights in the early 1900’s. Some of the characters are modeled on real life activists. Alice Paul was a vocal activist for women’s rights, and organized the March, Maud Malone, who was a NYC librarian, and Ida Wells-Barnett, a journalist and researcher as well as an activist, who also had to battle racism. It is thanks to these brave women that the 19th amendment eventually was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Chiaverini describes in riveting details the 1913 women’s long Suffrage March from NYC to Washington, D.C., in March, just before President Wilson was inaugurated. We truly owe a debt of gratitude to these individuals and others who worked tirelessly to achieve the vote. A great piece of historical fiction.

The Cellist

September 18, 2021

I have always enjoyed the Gabriel Allon spy series by Silva, but this latest is a bit disappointing. I found it rather long on details and very political, which is not what I expected to find. The author makes his opinions known to the reader, and he adds an addendum at the end of the book explaining all the fine points on the last presidential election. If you’re into political mysteries, however, then you’ll enjoy this title.

National Book Award Lists

September 16, 2021

This week the National Book Award finalists were announced. If you like lists, then check out the nominees in these categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Winners will be named on October 5. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony on November 17.

Remembering 9/11 with Kids and Teens

September 15, 2021

Since we just had the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I had searched for some kids’ book titles and found the following list and discussion by several of the authors listed. You can view it here. There are a few titles left off the list: Eleven by Tom Rogers (2014) and a new picture book just out at the end of August: The Survivor Tree about a tree that managed to survive the destruction of that day. It is written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Aaron Becker.

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