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The Fifth Letter

February 7, 2017

bookThe author Nicola Moriarty is the younger sister of best-selling authors Liane (Truly Madly Guilty, etc.) and Jaclyn Moriarty, author of numerous teen novels. Nicola’s newest novel is the story of four friends on vacation: Joni, Deb, Eden and Trina. All have been friends since high school, all are married, and all have children, except for Joni. To spice up the vacation, Joni challenges the others to divulge a secret on paper, and each night they will read one letter aloud. But somehow a fifth letter is written, which Joni rescues from the fireplace one evening after everyone has gone to bed. It is a letter of ill feelings towards one person in the group, which sends Joni into a panic.Who could have possibly written it?

This romance novel is fun and light, a good distraction if you happen to be looking for one…

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

August 24, 2016

617lsz642xl-_sx258_bo1204203200_5 stars (loved it!). This book spoke to me in many ways. My parents are getting old and much of the trials she has gone through with hers folks aging smacks of my current reality. She puts a funny, but honest spin on a very hard subject, arguably the hardest, with her fantastically expressive drawings and her uncannily familiar-sounding observations. [I have always LOVED Roz Chast’s work in the New Yorker and have felt a kinship with her since I too am an illustrator and we attended the same school, both lived and worked in the city, etc. but I don’t know if I would have read this book if it hadn’t been on the Bingo list as a graphic novel-so thanks!] – 2016 Adult Summer Reading Participant

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

August 19, 2016

206637024 stars (really liked it).  Picking up a book about cremation and death had me thinking it would be a fairly slow read filled with morbid details of how cremation is carried out. While there are some rather detailed descriptions of gruesome scenes, none of these things are presented unless crucial to moving the narrative forward. At its core, this book is a history lesson on the funeral industry and the ways that different cultures choose to deal with death. After reading so much about death, it makes me appreciate the life that I have because we all know that one day it will be our turn for a final farewell. – Adult Summer Reading Participant Tyler H.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

July 20, 2016

51dkiszi6dl-_sx331_bo1204203200_3 stars (liked it). “Family Tree” is a nice summer read. It has more to it than a romance novel (not that there is anything wrong with them). It touches on all types of family and relationship interactions. Overall it leaves you with a nice warm feeling especially if you like food. – 2016 Adult Summer Reading Participant

Note: This is a review of an Advance Reader’s Edition. Expected Publication Date: August 9, 2016.

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: I Am Radar by Reif Larsen

July 13, 2016

225715424 stars (really liked it). I am impressed by the different cultures represented in a fairly contemporary setting. Gives me a sort of historical fiction feel of my own history! (For example Serbs during the Bosnian war.) Also the artistic stuff appeals to me-advanced robotic puppetry, science used for philosophical art. Lastly, the characters in our own backyard-New Jersey-are very relatable!) I think the character development is very thorough and engaging. You really want to know their motives and story from beginning end as they are SO developed you feel you know them – 2016 Adult Summer Reading Participant

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