A Gentleman in Moscow
By Amor Towels
Review by Shahnaz
This book is a very delightful, cosmopolitan oriented story, which is well-researched and written by an artful author. The main character of the book observes the changes in the history of the Russian revolution, the adaptation of its people and politics to the new rules as well as changes in his own circumstances by being confined to one building (having a room in a hotel with no permission to get out). Continue reading
Lean, Long, and Strong: The 6-Week Strength-Training, Fat-Burning Program for Women
By Wini Linguvic
Review by Roberta Earle
Recently I was given a copy of the book, Younger Next Year, which I dutifully read and decided to implement the recommendations for a comprehensive exercise program which has 2 main components – cardio and strength. Since I have the cardio covered, I needed to add strength training. Continue reading
By Martha Kelly
Review by Susan Peterman
I discovered Lilac Girls while browsing in Wellington Bookstore. I had ancestors who survived the Holocaust, but did not communicate their stories and others who did not have an opportunity to tell their stories. I was interested in this historical novel of three heroic women whose stories converged following the war’s end. New York Socialite Caroline Ferriday, a former actress, assists a charity to rescue French orphans, Kasia, a Polish teenager who, unbeknownst to her, begins serving the resistance, and Herta, an ambitious surgeon, find themselves at opposite ends of history once Poland is invaded. The story is structured as separate narratives until their post-war activities bring them into contact with one another. The story is gripping and at times, horrifying. Continue reading
By: Stephen King
Review by Jonathan Trice
When it comes to reading for fun I tend to get in a rut. I devoted eighteen months to the works of Neil Gaiman, another six months straight of Edward W. Robertson novels and the past year has seen a heavy rotation of Stephen King. When it was time for a new book, I chose 11/22/63 because it is the first work of historical fiction for Stephen King and I was still in a rut. Continue reading
Scrappy Little Nobody
E-Audiobook by Anna Kendrick
Review by Stephanie Bragg
Anna Kendrick, star of Pitch Perfect and Up in the Air, has written a book. Her autobiography starts in her young childhood through her rise to stardom and all the awkwardness in between. Enter Anna’s brain and follow along with her completely honest and charming tales from her middle school double life through personal relationships to what it’s like to pick out a butt double. Continue reading
The Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea
by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
Review by Angela DeMott
It took me a chapter or two to get used to the graphic novel format, but once I trained my eye to follow the sequences of the drawings and stopped roaming the page, I really enjoyed this version of the BSC. I love the details Raina Telgemeier puts into her artwork – her faces are so expressive! Continue reading
by Sherry Thomas
Review by Michele Bolay
Delicious is one of the best-written historical romances that I have ever read, and I read a LOT of them. Thomas has such a talent with plot, SETTING, language, and characterization. Her stories and her characters are complex and compelling, and the late Victorian setting is a nice change from the Regency period, and offers up so many more possibilities for the female characters.
I rarely give 5-star reviews, but I could not put this one down and I know I will remember it long after. I do agree with some reviewers who said that the ending was a bit too tidy, but it’s a minor quibble. This IS still formula fiction, after all. So glad I have discovered Sherry Thomas!
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About the reviewer: Michele Bolay has worked at the library for more than 25 years. She loves art, romance literature & working with community theatre. Visit her in our children’s department!
Woman of God
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Review By Angie Andre
Commuting can be a long and tiresome experience but listening to audio books makes the long drive more enjoyable. I have always enjoyed James Patterson so I happily checked out Woman of God with the expectation that it would be an entertaining listen. It ended up being much, much more. Continue reading
Tree Tenders 3 Session Program beings May 25!
Taught by a team of tree professionals, this three session class is designed to create “citizen stewards” who can properly care for trees in their communities, neighborhoods or yards. Learn tree biology, stressors, identification, planting, care and pruning, and how to choose the right tree. You will spend 1 hour outdoors each evening and plant a tree on the library grounds. Pizza and beverages will be served. $25 per person.
Register for this class at www.pennhort.net/treetenders or contact Barley Van Clief at email@example.com or call 215-988-8793.
Barley VanClief, with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society took some time to talk to us about this exciting program: Continue reading
The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater
Review by Zoey Mills
The Raven Cycle follows a group of soon-to-graduate prep school boys and Blue, a clairvoyant’s daughter, and their quest to find the grave of the Welsh King, Glendower. Lead by Gansey, the group is certainly dynamic in that each character brings something to the story. I would say one of Stiefvater’s main strengths is building characters.
As I got further into The Raven Boys, I realized that I became invested in characters (some more than others) and I could picture them as real people. Building entirely different worlds in a book is an extremely difficult thing to do, and often authors tend to give their readers an information overload. Stiefvater is extremely subtle in providing the information needed, and her foreshadowing is so subtle to the point where I had no idea of any of the twists that lay ahead. Although some events within the story are definitely fantastical, her writing is so moving and powerful that you can find yourself lost in the world of Henrietta, Virginia. Continue reading