Books

Baker’s Secret
by Stephen P. Kiernan

If you have read all the popular books on WWII (NightingaleAll the Light We Cannot SeeBook ThiefSarah’s Key etc.) then this is the next title you should pick up. It is quick read but hard to put down. The writing isn’t anything to call home about, but still worth the read!

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
by Sherry Turkle

Wow. Just wow. Long and well researched. Lots to study and learn about the next generation and their habits and etiquette.

“My grandmother wanted me to understand that I could take out any book. But the books would be a secret between me and the library. No one had the right to know the list of books I read.”

Does this generation even understand what it is like to be offline? I think not.

 

Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen

Laugh out loud funny. Loved her first book and loving this one even more!

Head-On: Stories of Alopecia
GREAT resource for anyone with Alopecia!

Mermaid
by Jodi Picoult
This is an Amazon Kindle Single Kindle in Motion book! Very cool! Looking forward to the novel!

 

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

The title is taken from TuPac’s lyrics. I read this teen novel in two days. Tough subject but well done!

Eat Dirt
by Dr. Josh Axe

Ok, this was good but some parts were just far too OUT THERE for me like the fecal transplant. If you have a faint heart, don’t Google it. But he does have some interesting points about being an over-sanitized society! I listened to the audiobook, but they leave out lots of charts and resources at the end of the print book!

Curious
by Ian Leslie

I knew I was going to like this book because the author begins by saying robots can’t replace
curious people. This was an interesting read!

Crossing the Bamboo Bridge
by May Donohue

A great memoir that I could not put down! This woman is something else! Forced into marriage at age 14, Donohue’s dreams of reading and education were constantly squashed by her mother and society. This woman persisted and overcame so many obstacles. Do read!

This Fight is Our Fight
by Elizabeth Warren

This is hard to read. I actually listened to the audiobook, which is read by Warren. It left me with a sense of hopelessness. Focuses on the 2008 crash, greedy corporate execs and trashing Trump, as well as sharing with us some real life examples of middle class families struggling.

 

Adulthood is a Myth
by Sarah Anderson

This book is hilarious. I think this book’s hilarity will ring true with a small group of weirdos like me. And you certainly HAVE to be a woman to get it. Thank you Sarah!

 

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I saw this book right next to her other book We Should All Be Feminists, at the bookstore. After being so please with her last book, I figured this one would be great too. I did not realize these fifteen suggestions were meant for a mother of a new baby. I almost returned it to the library, but I thought it might be worth my time – and it was. Adichie encourages the new mother to combat gender roles and stereotypes with education & good communication. Packs a powerful punch for such a tiny book.

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I saw this book and fell in love with the size of it. It was tiny and short, and just what I was looking for this busy week. I’d heard of Adichie but never read her novels. This particular book was based on a TED talk she gave (which I will immediately try to find online!) What a strong and intelligent woman. Her views on feminism are spot on and girls could learn a lot from her!! I recommend this book!

Touched with Fire
by Kay Redfield Jamison

This was good but filled with far too much medical terminology and far too long for me.

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Wonderful & inspiring.

Left Behind
by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

This was awful. Awful characters, awful plot and awful waste of time.

 

Silence
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Just so inspiring.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

I want to like Schumer, I really do! Some of this book was very genuine but I am put off by some of her humor.

Unbanking of America
by Lisa Servon

This was interesting!

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

It took me months to read this. It was hard to digest but totally worth the read. This was the 2017 Reading Across RI winner!

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The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey

Fans of Palacio’s Wonder will enjoy this book. This is a children’s novel about a preteen named Shane, who in the beginning of the novel, we assume is a boy. Later in the book we learn he was born a girl. Throughout the book he faces some tough choices and shows his peers what it means to stay true to what you believe.

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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer & Longer
by Fredrik Backman

Fans of A Man Called Ove are sure to love Backman’s latest novella. This is a touching story about a grandfather and grandson. Get the tissues out!

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort & Connection
by Louisa Thomsen Brits

Nice little book as an intro to Hygge, but a bit repetitive and not enough photos for me!

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Fictitious Dishes
by Dinah Fried

Stumbled upon this at the library. What a great idea. RISD alum Dinah Fried chooses classic books and sets up these fictitious dishes and photographs them. VERY COOL!

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Tribe
by Sebastian Junger

This book was very short but packed a punch.  Junger spends much of the beginning discussing tribes and societies. He points out how safe and united people feel as they are bonded together for a common cause. He uses war as an example of that bond (albeit it a destructive and frightening one).  It makes complete sense. Do read.

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Magnolia Story
by Chip & Joanna Gaines

Chip & Joanna Gaines share their love story and journey to their TV show Fixer Upper. It was nice to hear both points of view (which proved to be humorous when they disagreed!)
Sounds like they worked hard to achieve their fame today!

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Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance

Author J.D. Vance shares with us his childhood experiences in one of the poorest towns in the Rust Belt. Much more than a memoir, Vance digs deep into the culture that surrounded him. His childhood was challenging and at times heartbreaking. His honesty is brutal but beautiful. I promise you won’t be able to put it down.

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Salt, Sugar, Fat
By Michael Moss

It took me a LONG time to finish this. I read some of the print book then mostly listened to the audio version. This is a super important book that everyone in America should read. This book is well researched and tells many truths about the science and marketing behind our food. If you don’t have time, do yourself a favor and look up the term “bliss point.” It isn’t easy to stomach the information (excuse the pun) but in his epilogue he closes with a crucial point:
“they may have salt, sugar and fat on their side, but we, ultimately, have the power to make choices. After all, we decide what to buy. We decide how much to eat.”

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Talking as Fast as I Can
by Lauren Graham

Fans of Gilmore Girls will love Graham’s new book. The pace and humor reminded me a lot of her character on Gilmore Girls. While most of it is funny & genuine, it is just far too short! Certainly leaves you wanting more. If you like Graham she does have a novel called Someday Someday Maybe.

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Revenge of Analog
by David Sax

If you are anything like me, you are feeling totally overwhelmed by the pace of technology these days, and may be yearning for more analog things. If that is the case, then this book is for you. Sax makes some pretty strong arguments for analog devices like record players, photographic film and handwriting! He might just have you believing they are making a comeback!

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Moo
by Sharon Creech

OBSESSED! This is a children’s chapter book. It’s the story of two young children whose family moves from the big city to small town Maine. The children meet their rather peculiar, elderly neighbor with whom they will eventually spend lots of time. At first they are frightened of her but soon they will learn how important she is and she (and her cow) will change their lives.

Pogue’s Basics: Tech, Life and Money
by David Pogue

David Pogue’s books are great. I love a smart book!
These are all really smart books with good tips.

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sTori Telling
by Tori Spelling

Apparently, I am still on a 90s kick. Needed something brainless over the holidays- let’s say this was a good choice. She seemed pretty candid but not a fan of her story. It was a quick, easy and mildly entertaining read.

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Mindfulness
by Ellen J. Langer

While I did keep in mind that this book was published many moons ago, most of the content is still valid today. However, I found it read much like a text book, which turned me off a bit. I do like the comparison of mindfulness to mindlessness. It is interesting how our brain works on a mindlessness matter when it comes to tasks we do every day. If you are big on non-fiction and enjoy reading studies and tests then you’ll enjoy this one. I, however, admit, I had to scan a bit to get to the end.

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Jason Priestley: A Memoir
by: Jason Priestley

Well, I was never allowed to watch Beverly Hills 90210 because my parents thought it too risqué. Recently I started watching it on HULU. I decided to pick up this books to maybe get the inside scoop on the cast. While there’s very little scoop it’s still a nice little glimpse into Priestley’s life. Nice quick read.

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People I Want to Punch in the Throat
by Jen Mann

Yet another sarcastic, biting collection of essays about real life interactions with people the author hates. More trickle down from Fey & Poehler. Occasionally funny… Better to listen to the audio to understand her tone.

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Murder at the 42nd Street Library
by Con Lehane

Who can resist a murder mystery set at one of the most famous libraries in the USA? This was a quick & fun read. Does include some sexual content that might make some uncomfortable.

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The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman

“I & Mr Strongrock are agents of a library which exists between alternate worlds. Our task is to collect books for the Library from all these worlds, to preserve them.”

Harry Potter fans may enjoy this 1st book of the Invisible Library series.
Our protagonist, librarian Irene, battles bad guys, vampires and all sorts of mythical creatures, in alternate universes to retrieve a very special book that belongs in a very special library. This is a quick, fun read.

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Yes My Accent is Real
by Kunal Nayyar

I so enjoyed this! I mostly listened to the audio book.
I am a big fan of the TV show the Big Bang Theory so I thought I might enjoy this book. Nayyar gives us a glimpse of his life through essays and short stories. It wasn’t a total biography like one would think, but certainly his stories help us understand who he is, where he came from and how he obtained his role on the TV show Big Bang Theory.
He was funny & genuine. If you are looking for a quick, easy read about a celebrity who is NOT self-centered or isn’t trying to be too funny, then this one is for you.

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Sad Animal Facts
by Brooke Barker

Super quick, mostly illustrated. Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny!

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Bach, Beethoven & the Boys
by David W. Barber

I wanted to like this, really, I did. What a perfect size for a book about all these wonderful composers. I played piano many moons ago and thought it would be a nice refresher course while enjoying a good laugh here & there. Well, this certainly fell short of my expectations. While some parts were funny, there were FAR TOO MANY FOOTNOTES. And most of the footnotes were almost one-liners or sarcastic remarks. Kudos, anyway, to Barber for cramming all these wonderful composers into one book!

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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

I always jump at a new Picoult release. Her last two novels were great. I had high expectations but this novel fell short. The story was interesting enough to finish but not quite compelling. Yes there was a dramatic twist at the end but not good enough for me! Still love ya Jodi!

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson

This book is absurd and partially made-up. The author admits it immediately in the beginning of the book. I wanted to like this. Listening to the audio version was like being stuck with a stranger who never stops talking. But I did appreciate the few times she was actually funny and how she was very honest and sentimental about her pregnancy and keeping her daughter safe. Can’t say I’ve ever read anything like it.

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Haunted Providence
by Rory Raven

Here is a nice quick read for Halloween. Author Rory Raven shares ghost stories set in many familiar places in Providence.

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A Little Bit Wicked
by Kristin Chenoweth

I listened to the audio version of this, read by the author. It was fantastic. She is candid & funny. I previously was familiar with Chenoweth only as a performer in the hit broadway show Wicked. Do read!

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Advance Style/ Advance Style: Older & Wiser

If you love fashion then these books are a MUST.  As with most books these days, this set started as a blog by photographer/writer Ari Seth Cohen. The book is full of color photos of the best dressed women around. You’ll notice they have something in common – they are not young girls fresh out of the fashion magazines. Most are 50+ and fabulous. If you don’t have time to read about the women and their theories on fashion and life, please at least pick it up for the photography & fashion.

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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

Here is one of those books you wish you’d known about sooner.
You can read this in 1-2 sittings!
Haddon’s novel is told from the point-of-view of Christopher John Francis Boone. It is obvious as you read along he has some form of autism. You will love him because he is honest and funny ( even though he doesn’t quite “get” funny.)  I do enjoy reading from other’s perspective and his is very interesting. Ride along as Boone tries to solve the murder of a dog and learns a WHOLE LOT about his family & his life!

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Shine
by Jodi Picoult

Before you read this, please note this novel is available only in EBOOK form. Picoult released this short story as sort of an introduction to her novel coming out this Fall, calledSmall Great Things. In her normal “Picoult” fashion, we are introduced to the main character, Ruth, who is about to attend a prestigious school. She is a bright young lady who is expected to do well in school. But there is something that is setting her apart from the rest of the class: RACE. Picoult does not disappoint.

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Keep Curious and Carry a Banana
by H.A. Rey
YES this is a book for adults.
This is a sweet little reminder of what life is really about – and that Curious George is still our favorite monkey!!

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Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers

I recently booked a trip to NYC for my husband’s birthday.
I was watching a documentary about Tiffany’s called
“Crazy about Tiffany’s” and a reference was made to this book. The library copy I read was the 1989 edition. It was totally charming and some parts were laugh-out-loud funny.

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Jim Henson: A Biography
by Brian Jay Jones

It took me a while to finish this. I wanted to read it slowly because it was so detailed. Jim Henson was a remarkable guy. I don’t want to put him too high on a pedestal, but we could learn a lot from him. While his ability to communicate his feelings and resolve conflict was not to be admired, his ideas about inspiring the world (and children) with his artistry was outstanding. I so enjoyed learning about his family and how his grandmother influenced his path to art. Just great!

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
by Nadia Hashimi

Outstanding. Just totally outstanding. Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns will love this one, perhaps even MORE.  I will be honest – I almost quit. I had a really hard time dealing with the way women/girls are treated in this book. I am glad I didn’t stop. These are some amazing people &  amazing stories. And who knows – perhaps they were inspired by true stories? We will never know.

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Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Brown delivers another super-fast, edge of your seat thriller with Digital Fortress. This time it revolves around the NSA, U.S. Intelligence and computer hacking. Although published in 2008 some of the circumstances would still hold true with today’s technology! Hard to put down.

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Italian Lessons
by Peter Pezzelli

Quick, easy and entertaining with local references! LOVE IT!


The Industries of the Future
by Alec Ross
If you are going to read only one book about the future of jobs and lifestyles then read this one. It is taking me a while to read but it is so worth the time.
At the time of its publication the author noted that 47% of American jobs are at high risk for robot take over. I wouldn’t take that fact lightly and neither should you.

The chapter on advances in medicine & science are amazing. In the future doctors and scientists will be able to screen you for cancer with a simple blood test much like the one for your yearly physical. Most likely catching cancer at Stage 1 where it is much more easily treatable unlike Stages 3 or 4 when it may be too late.

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A Man Called Ove
by Fredrick Backman

Read it in two or three sittings and I LOVED IT!! It’s a quick, touching little story that will make you laugh out loud.

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The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
by Sarah Knight

Was totally looking forward to Sarah Knight’s
Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. I read about it in Vogue so naturally I had to get it.
I waited months at the local library and finally got my hands on it.For those of you who haven’t heard about it, it is a bit of a mockery of Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In theory, it sounded like a good idea and funny since I kind of disliked Kondo’s book. Well, it was awful. I don’t mind an F-bomb here and there but JEEZ. I get the point lady but I didn’t need that many!! Nice idea, poor execution.

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The Cry & The Covenant
by Morton Thompson

I think it was almost 10 years ago that I spent a week with my aunt in California. She was telling me that this was one of her all time favorite books. My cousin ordered it for me and I had it on my doorstep within a week (thank you Amazon). Well can I just say it actually took me almost 10 years to finish it? I know, you think, that’s awful. It was a slow read at times but SO worth it in the end. I tend to put the books on my bookshelf aside when I checkout library books, so that can be to blame…right?.. Anyway, it’s historical fiction regarding a physician by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis. He learns that by simply washing hands, medical staff can prevent the spread of child bed fever.  Sounds simple right? Well, what happens when no one in your field believes you? Your students examine cadavers then head straight to the examining table to work on pregnant women. Some instances multiple women were assigned the same bed with soiled linens. We don’t realize how advanced the medical field is today. Let’s not take that for granted. Semmelweis’ journey was a long one and the ending will break your heart.

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When We Are No More
by Abby Smith Rumsey

I have a post floating around somewhere about this book, but in case it gets buried….

What a fantastic book. I almost quit in the beginning because the author went on about history that I already know, especially about Thomas Jefferson. But she tied it all together so well.

“In Jefferson’s vision, access to organized knowledge is necessary to promote the progress and well-being of humanity. In the developed world, market capitalism plays important roles , but long term investment in the public good is not one of them. Google boasts
that they organize knowledge for the world. But the vision of Jefferson and the Founders proposes that the organization of access to knowledge is to be a public utility, wholly owned by the people for the purpose of self-government.”

“Free access to information is the sole guarantor of self-rule. Ignorance and secrecy are fundamental threats to freedom because the compromise our autonomy and freedom of choice. This is what Jefferson and his peers believed and why they established a national library funded by the public purse.”

Reflect upon those two statements from the book! Certainly put things in perspective for me…

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Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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Spark Joy
by Marie Kondo

The LCMOTU is a HUGE best seller and I cannot understand why! The companion book, I feel, is almost a back pedal to make up for the first one by throwing in particular ideas on how to fold clothes and really tidy up. I would not waste your money! Get them from the library!

Just a side note, when reading the reviews on Amazon I came across this one, and I think this is HILARIOUS:
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Lights Out
Ted Koppel

The content of the book is tough to swallow. Koppel presents some scary scenarios of possible cyber attacks on our country. I think the scariest of all – an attack on our electricity grids. Are we as a country ready for this? Is the government prepared?? Read this book to find out.

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Dancing Through Life
by Candace Camerone Bure
Enjoyed her other books. This one was a quickie that focused way too much on her religion. I’m not opposed to religion but I think all the passages took away from the story of her time on DWTS. Still finished though much skimming at the end.

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Founding Mothers
Cokie Roberts

EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK. As a matter of fact, you should read it before the 2016 election. Let us not forget the foundation of our great country. This is a wonderful book about the wives and daughters of the founding fathers. This women changed the course of history, yet we barely hear about them in social studies & history classes in our schools! Check it out!

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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell
This is a book for teens. I try to read young adult literature when I can since I work near the YA department at the library. Rowell’s book is award winning (including the local Rhode Island Teen Book Award 2015!). This is a unique teen love story set in the 80s that you will love!

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by Mitch Albom

I LOVE MITCH ALBOM’S BOOKS. Seriously, the man just knows how to get to me! Told from multiple points of view, this book does jump back and forth in time, so it is very interesting. We follow the life and career of  (fictional) musician Frankie Presto. A troubled young man with a tough life this story – the story slowly unfolds as to where he came from and how he became the famous (and important) individual he is! LOVE LOVE. 5 stars!

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Normally This Would Be Cause for Concern
Danielle Fishel

I will admit, I am can be a sucker for celebrity biographies, especially 90s TV stars. So, when I saw this I had to check it out. I do love when those who aren’t experienced with writing choose to write the book themselves, rather than have the aid of an experience co-author. This book was a brief view into her life, especially her career as Toping on the 90s sitcom Boy Meets World. She is honest, sarcastic and funny. The tone does get old halfway through, but not enough to hinder one from finishing the book!

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by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite novel, and Atticus Finch is my favorite character. The media has already labeled Finch as racist in this latest novel. I approached this book not as a sequel or prequel, but just took the knowledge I already have of Lee’s characters and read along. My verdict is – it’s great! Granted this is really a rough draft of a book, it is full of interesting characters and lots of tension between them and of course it’s setting – the SOUTH. While it isn’t fully developed, it is still well written. I highly recommend everyone read this book!

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Me Before You
JoJo Moyes

Looking for a nice little book with a unique love story? Then this book is for you. Sure to be a quick read, Moyes tell she story of Louisa Clark, who is down on her luck, unemployed and seeking work to support her family. She is assigned to a pretty challenging job – caring for a quadriplegic by the name of Will. Will is essentially standoffish and really depressed. You can expect to shed a few tears at the end of this book (don’t worry, it is a lovely ending!)

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by Anthony Doerr

Doerr’s book was on the long list for the 2014 National Book Award. There are many World War II novels out there, but this is one of the best I have read in a while. Told from two points of view, the book moves back and forth and gives you two very different views of the war.

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Hungry
Crystal Renn

If you love fashion and photography then this memoir is for you. Renn shares with us her life story beginning from her unusual childhood through her modeling career. Sadly she fell into a nasty eating disorder. Fear not, she does triumph and you will be happy to know she is still a success!

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Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline

This book was a quick read, but considering it was historical fiction, it was a bit too brief. This is a part of U.S. history that I was unaware of so I was glad to learn while I read the novel. Great book!

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Selfish, Shallow and Self Absorbed:
16 Writers on the Decision NOT to have Kids

I am 33 and about to get married. My fiancé is 46 and has two children in his 20s. I have no interest in having children for a variety of reasons. This book was a breath of fresh air. It includes 16 essays by women  AND men about their choices not to have children. These were not stereotypical or any kind of sob story as I expected. Great read!

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Sally Mann

A few years ago Sarah & I listened to Mann speak at Rhode Island School of Design. She was a wonderful speaker – very inspiring. I wanted to run out of the building and shoot amazing photography. Her book was just as amazing. She does address the critics who have labeled her work perverse or consider it child pornography. She addresses them tastefully and without negativity or insults. The book is written SO well, it’s amazing. I am going to read it again in the near future because I had to rush through a library copy!


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A Paris Affair
Tatiana De Rosnay

Tatiana De Rosnay & I are through. I LOVED “Sarah’s Key”. I tried her other book “A Secret Kept” and was horribly disappointed. Why I ever picked this book up I will never know. This was a very short book of short stories about adultery in Paris. UGH! What happened to you Tatiana?!

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Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz

WHAT A GREAT BOOK!! I think this should be required reading for everyone in the world. It might help with world peace! Regardless of some religious spirituality that I cannot relate to, overall the book is incredibly inspiring and a great resource on how to live your live peacefully for self fulfillment as well as your relationships with everyone else.

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Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Critics call it “the new Gone Girl.” I called it a waste of time.
Yes it is a typical page turner but I was not surprised at all and was rather annoyed but some of the characters. I suppose I am in the minority with this review, but I just didn’t love it.

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Norwegian by Night
Derek Miller

This is the 2015 Reading Across RI selection. I enjoyed it! A little action and family drama all rolled into one with an ending that will leave you wondering!

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The Rainbow
Pearl Buck

This was the second novel I read by Pearl Buck after the Good Earth. POOR CHOICE. This (in comparison to GE) was awful. It wasn’t even interesting.

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Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern

WOW. This book was fantastic. I haven’t enjoyed a novel like this since Audrey Niffenegger’s novels. It was dark and magical and I couldn’t put it down!

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Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand

WOW. This book was very moving and at times made me cry. We all studied the horrors of war, but this book made it VERY real. And FYI the film was NOTHING compared to this awesome book!

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Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway

A patron at the library asked me to read this because she enjoyed it so much. It is a really quick read but beware it is not very uplifting. Although reading things like this remind us how lucky we are for our freedom!

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Legendary Locals of Bristol
Christy Nadalin

Here is a book about the locals of my town! It was a lovely little book filled with lots of folks I know – like my library director!

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Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult

SO WORTH THE WAIT! Huge twist at the end will leave you speechless!

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Where There’s Smoke
Jodi Picoult

Here’s an ebook novella that Picoult released while she delayed the release of her novel “Leaving Time.” I need not critique as I consider Picoult the master!

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If I Stay
Gayle Forman

For teens, last year was the year of vampire and paranormal love. This year is the year of dying, death and teen love. My 12 year old cousin asked me to read this. It was a good, quick story (with some graphic car accident scenes). The movie was just released on DVD. I may just watch it!

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Wonder
r.j. Palacio

This book has been on the New York Times best seller list for kids for quite some time. It was such a beautiful book for kids. The main character has a significant facial deformity and the story tells of how he and his school mates deal with it. Coming from someone who had Alopecia at a young age, and dealt with her share of peer teasing, I really appreciated this book.

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Storied Life of A.J. Fiery
Gabrielle Zevin

I LOVED Zevin’s “Elsewhere.” I read another teen book by her and was disappointed. So I must admit I was skeptical about reading her adult fiction! But she proved me wrong! What a quaint little story for all book & bookstore lovers!

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Elin Hilderbrand

I admit this is my first Elin Hilderbrand! Her books are wildly popular at the library and I figured it was about time I read one! It was a nice light read! Good beach book!


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Alchemist
Paulo Coelho

This is a lovely story about the spiritual journey of a young shepherd boy, Santiago.

The core of the story teaches wonderful ideas and lessons. The ending will truly touch your heart and bring the book back full circle. It is a story that will allow you to step back and examine your life as well.

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Mockingbird Next Door
Marja Mills

I may be in the minority when I say I was very disappointed with this book. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird long for the day when Harper Lee would release another novel. We’ll never see the day. Lee is clearly not one to step into the limelight. She also knows she hit gold when she wrote her first and only novel, so how does one top that? I would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes. Mills, a journalist from Chicago, writes about her time with Lee after moving next door to her & Lee’s sister Alice. Readers will learn about the town of Monroeville Alabama and a bit about her friends and family. The author is able to convey only the surface of Lee’s personality and intelligence. And while I appreciated that, the book just wasn’t fulfilling enough. Mills was constantly held back by Lee insisting she not publish particular conversations or statements. I am still left wondering about this mysterious Harper Lee. The book barely whet my appetite.

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James DeWolf and the R.I. Slave Trade
Cynthia Johnson

Johnson’s well researched and well written book will leave you frustrated and amazed. James Dewolf was undoubtedly the most powerful man in Bristol, RI and in the United States during the time of the slave trade. His pursuit of money and power was relentless. Even during the times the government outlawed the transportation of slaves from other countries, Dewolf was always able to find a loophole and bring them to the United States. Finally, a warrant was made for his arrest and he managed to flee to the West Indies to escape his trial. The book was just fascinating and gives you a better understanding of the foundation of Bristol, RI.

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Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd

Just as great as “Secret Life of Bees!” Nothing like a fierce, strong female character to stir things up!!

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Fat Pig
Neil LaBute
I can’t even remember how I found out about this. I was probably searching our awesome Ocean State Libraries catalog! This was a short book about Tom who is dating a very LARGE woman. Poor Tom has to fend of lots of insults about his choice of dating a “fat” woman.  A very frustrating, but true book!

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Melissa Explains It All
Melissa Joan Hart

Can you tell I am on a 90s kick?! Melissa Joan Hart’s book was a little disappointing.
Of course i enjoyed reading about her career and childhood, but most of the book was a little too “TMI” for me. I don’t really care to hear about all the guys you made out with Melissa! Yikes!!

bob_saget_dirty_daddyDirty Daddy
Bob Saget

Well, this was interesting. I know Saget best as the actor who played Danny Tanner on the ABC hit show Full House.  I also know he is quite the comedian, so I was expecting something funny & possibly in appropriate! Lots of reviewers were disappointed with this book because of Saget’s dirty humor, but I saw it coming. Kudos to Saget for writing in his own words, rather than hiring a co-author to tailor his book to the market. Sincere at times, Saget comes across grateful for his life, good times & bad!

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Balancing It All
Candace Cameron Bure

Have I ever mentioned I am a total sucker for 90s TV sitcom actresses & actors?
Of course I HAD to get Candace Cameron Bure’s (formerly of Full House, ABC) memoir, even though I knew it would be a total Christianized version of being the perfect housewife. Minus a little religious talk, I actually enjoyed the book.  Real or not, it had just enough combinations of her childhood, acting career & current lifestyle.

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Marble Morgan

After all the press Candace Cameron Bure got about being a “submissive wife” many people mentioned this book from the 1970s. This was very interesting to read. I cannot believe any woman would follow the instructions in this book on how to be “the total woman.” But is is a nice reminder for me on how to be the “total woman” that I want to be! It certainly is NOT the woman she describes here!

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Call the Midwife  Series
Jennifer Worth

I cannot recommend the “Call the Midwife” books enough. I SO enjoy Worth’s memoirs. After you read this, be sure to watch the show on PBS!

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Zen of Oz
Joey Green

Here’s a super quick, inspiring little read for all you Wizard of Oz fans. Green’s self-help interpretation of many of the elements of WOO is delightful. It’s nothing mind blowing, but still inspiring!

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Art of Living
Epictetus  (original author), Sharon Lebell  (new interpretation)

This is my new bible.  Totally inspiring. It will stay on my shelf forever.

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You Learn by Living: 11 Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
Eleanor Roosevelt

I love Eleanor Roosevelt. Of course I had to read this.

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War Within These Walls
Aline Sax

Graphic novel about World War II and the Holocaust. It was great.

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What the Heart Knows
Joyce Sidman

Short teen book written in verse. Just loved it.

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Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

I read this because it is the 2014 Reading Across R.I. winner. The beginning was good, then it lost my attention for a while, but finally it redeemed itself and I ended up finishing the book!

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Green Thoreau

Found this beauty on a shelf at my library. I was on the hunt for something short.

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