Category Archives: Book Reviews

How Family, Faith and Friendship contributed to The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

My Review: Sometimes you luck out and find a book that is just what the doctor ordered. There is nothing like a quick escape, when you can lose yourself in a touching, inspirational, easy to read story.  I loved this … Continue reading

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An Eye-Opening Story of Poverty in America…Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

My Review: It is possible that I have overdosed on stories about indigence and the cultural divide, so for me, Sarah Smarsh’s message was strong yet her story felt repetitive.  Smarsh tells us about her family and how their extreme … Continue reading

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The Mysteries and History of Grand Central Terminal in NYC revealed in The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

My Review: Choosing a book to read is personal and everyone gravitates toward what they believe will resonate with them.  My dance class book group is eclectic and we all have different and varied interests.  Last month we chose to … Continue reading

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Susan Orlean’s account of the Los Angeles Public Library’s tragic fire, the history and the rebuilding, and innovation and the future at my own local library.

My Review: In April 1986 a suspicious fire started at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed over 400,000 books and countless irreplaceable historical materials, among them a cherished collection of maps, sheet music, plays and first editions of rare … Continue reading

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The imagined life of young Madame Tussaud will intrigue you! Check out Little by Edward Carey

  My Review: Little is an unusual story of a determined young girl who makes a life for herself against all odds.  After her father dies, Marie (Little) and her mom go to live with a reclusive and peculiar doctor, … Continue reading

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1980s Chicago and the AIDs Crisis – 2015 Paris terrorism and cults. An incredibly moving story of friendships and loss. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

My Review: Chicago is the third largest city in the US and we rarely associate it with the AIDs epidemic, yet, the city and its people were deeply impacted by the then mysterious and untreatable, deadly disease.  Rebecca Makkai set … Continue reading

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My Review: With history, science and creativity, talented author Esi Edugyan tells the story of an 11 year old slave, in Barbados and his adventurous escape to freedom.  Washington Black, or Wash, brought up in the sugar cane fields, experienced … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My Review: If you are looking for an addictive quick read with brief chapters, interesting characters and psychological suspense, The Woman In the Window is for you! Dr. Anna Fox is trapped in her home.  Not literally…she is agoraphobic, presumably triggered … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations from a professional reader!

Sybil Steinberg, a longtime contributing Editor to Publishers Weekly, presents Sybil’s List several times a year at The Westport Library. This week she talked about her fall reading recommendations which included 38 titles, There There, His Favorites, Still Life With … Continue reading

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