Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Girl with the Dragon TattooDragon Tattoo DVDBook by Steig Larsson, Movie directed by David Fincher

Review by Stephanie Bragg

Family drama, isolation, and murder.  Many years ago a young member of the Vanger family disappeared from the family estate on Hedeby Island, presumed murdered, but the body has never been located and the killer never found.  The aging Henrik Vanger wants answers and justice for Harriet.  He hires a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, and a unique computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, to dig around the family and weasel out the murderer. Continue reading

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

A Year by the SeaReview by Angie Andre

“Aren’t you afraid something will happen to you? A neighbor asked upon seeing me pack the trunk of my car.

“I certainly hope so,” I answered defensively. “That’s the whole point.”

This autobiographical memoir explores one woman’s journey from mother and wife to a resilient and distinct woman. Joan Anderson finds herself lost in her roles as wife and mother. Her children are grown and they are creating new lives of their own. When Joan’s husband receives an out of state job promotion Joan makes a life changing decision. She is not going with her husband. Joan decides to spend a year in Cape Cod in a small cottage they own and re-examine her life.  Joan finds an extraordinary mentor, a job in a fish market, and contentment walking the shores of the beach of Cape Cod. Continue reading

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case HistoriesReview by: Michele Bolay

I am a HUGE fan of Atkinson’s first three novels (especially Behind the Scenes at the Museum), so why it taken me so long to read this book? It suffered the fate of many books that I buy or am given as gifts: it got buried underneath the library books and book-group books that had to be read by a deadline and ended up in the “vacation pile” (books in pb format to be taken on vacation and left behind for others to read).

Anyway, it was fantastic and I can’t wait to read the sequels. So many writers get tagged as “quirky”, but Atkinson truly is, in the best way. She finds humor in (often violent) tragedy, beauty and pathos in the most ordinary people and events. I love the way she writes. Her plotting is such that you want to rush through to get to the next chapter, but her prose is such that you want to slow down and savor every word.

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About the reviewer: Michele Bolay has worked in the children’s department since the 90s.  She organizes several programs like Framed! and can be found running the summer volunteer program.