Sunday, July 26, 2015

Recommendations from summer reading

Bum Rap by Paul Leving
"A procedural trial book, Bum Rap remains fresh by fleshing out the engaging lawyer, his client, and the client's fiance, all the while pledging total honesty for all concerned as they gently twist the law to achieve justice. Very satisfying."

-- Rhonda

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe
"It's a fascinating look at a family in the late 1950s in Minnesota. It is both dark and encouraging, addressing love, marriage, death, prejudice, and views of women at the time. A compelling read!"

-- Sue

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
"Amazing and eye opening. This book helped me put my life into perspective and gave me the perfect way to break down my thought process for every situation I am able to pick out the positivity and change the negative."

-- Kimberly

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
"If you enjoy Austen, you will like this book! A glib commentary of English manners and customs during Napoleonic Era. Witty descriptions, good dialogue--just a fun read, BUT LONG. I like that it is a 'Novel Without a Hero.'"

-- Liz

Persuasion by Jane Austen
"Out of all of Austen's novels, this one is the most poignant of them all. Instead of writing about teens and young adults, this is more about mature love, regret, and redemption."

-- Sabaah

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
"For a YA book it blew me out of the water. As a mom the 'attitude' of a teenager shone right through. But the plot was so wrenching. You were rooting for Robie and Max to survive. And yelling at the adult to help more. Just an amazing journey."

-- Ronda

A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Broton
"It is very detailed and historically well-researched. Not a light read but very interesting to see how the world was seen by different cultures/peoples."

-- Rose

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
"An intense memoir that is suspenseful and gripping from the first page. A personal look into a medical mystery that appears to be a behavioral disorder, and how doctors and family didn't give up on her."

-- Patty

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Excellent Holmes story. Good pacing. Great mystery and spooky elements. Enjoyable read!"

-- Debbie

The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
"A personal account of attending Le Cordon Bleu is a fun read as Flinn describes the lessons and dynamics of the culinary legend. Recipes are also included."

-- Patty

Paris Red by Maureen Gibbon
"It's interesting insight into turn-of-the-century artists, their inspirations, their muses. The wickedly disturbing approach they take to their craft. Great spin on lovers, friends, mother-daughter love… GREAT BOOK!"

-- Margaret