Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

Outdoor Art for Families

April 27, 2021

The Hudson Valley is rich in outdoor art parks, as Nevin Martell reminds us in his recent Washington Post article. Social distancing is easily done in the great outdoors, and children can explore as freely and noisily as they choose in the open air. Art Omi (where you’ll find Olaf Breuning’s “Clouds,” pictured above), Storm King, Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Olana State Historic Site are a few nearby options to try.

Every Vow You Break

April 22, 2021
Every Vow You Break: A Novel by [Peter Swanson]

Abigail is about to get married and everything seems to be right with the world. Her husband-to-be is a wealthy man who is letting her make all of the wedding decisions. He only wants to arrange their honeymoon. When the story begins, Abigail is on her bachelorette weekend. Unexpectedly, she meets a handsome stranger at the spa where she’s staying and has a one-night stand. Horrified at what she did, she wants to forget it and move on. The wedding takes place and the honeymoon begins. Up to this point I liked the book, but then the plot takes a more unbelievable turn and the second half of the novel is too far-fetched and unbelievable. The honeymooners are on an island being pampered, but odd circumstances foretell of danger. If you want a quick thriller to entertain you, this might do the trick. However, be prepared for that voice in your head saying, “This would never happen in real life.”

Damascus Amid the War

April 21, 2021

As I was entering new books into the system, I flipped through this title after reading the “About the Author ” section in the beginning, and I was struck by the author’s story. Muna Imady died before this book was published, after undergoing an operation that had a very low risk factor. Her mother and sister finished it for her, using Muna’s notes. The book is a series of poems and stories about her life in Syria, and they reflect the pain and sorrow she experiences at the changes that have taken place since the war began. It makes one realize how fortunate we are to be living in the U.S., and your heart breaks for these brave people. Muna’s mother feels that the strain of war added to the stress on Muna’s heart, contributing to her death. The book is a reminder of Muna’s artistry with words, and a fitting tribute to her legacy.

On Deadly Tides

April 15, 2021
On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth J. Duncan

The 11th Penny Brannigan title in the series is a cozy mystery set in the north of Wales. Our main character, Penny, has gone away on a painting weekend where she stumbles into a murder mystery by finding a dead body washed up on the shore. Like the other 10 titles preceding this one, On Deadly Tides fits squarely in the ‘cozy mystery’ category. As Penny conducts her amateur sleuthing, she meets an attractive single man who seems to return her interest. Although earlier Brannigan mysteries had some romantic interest for Penny, this one goes deeper and I was happily surprised at the development. More than the solving of the mystery, the familiar characters return from previous books and round out the story line. A satisfying, simple read. Enjoyable.

The Vanishing Half

April 14, 2021

Brit Bennett has written a fascinating novel about 16 year old twin sisters who disappear from a small town in the South. They run away to New Orleans, and live together for a short while, until one sister leaves abruptly without any notice, and her twin spends a great deal of her future life wondering why. The girls are both very light skinned African Americans; one sister marries a man with very dark skin and has has a child of “blueblack” color. She flees her marriage due to abuse, and winds up back in the town she grew up in. The other sister makes the decision to pass for a white person, and tells no one, not even her husband. Until one day when their daughters cross paths, and one girl figures out what happened. Both sisters experience being the “odd one out” in their circles, and the reader can empathize with both characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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