From Lynne Demestichas:
Feather man, by Rhyll McMaster
Our main character has had a troubled past, but tries to overcome her lack of confidence through her painting.We go on a life journey with her,as she meets all the wrong friends,and men in the art world.The story doesn’t sound interesting but Rhyll McMaster is truly a “master” in the literary sense. With beautiful descriptions and analogies of our character’s life, such phrases as ‘day breaking out of it’s shell’ and ‘lonely as a cloud’,bring this tale to life.I found myself copying down some of the most fascinating and explicit descriptions, combinations of words I never thought to piece together.If you enjoy this type of reading, this book will be really fun for you.
From Barbara Schwab:
The Diabetic Bible, by Dana Armstrong
This is a very informative book to read we recently had a family member diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic.
From Mary Quirindongo:
Sisterchicks do the Hula, by Robin Gunn
This is the third book I’ve read from the sisterchick series and I find them to be very enjoyable reading. Each book is a different pair of friends finding new wonders in their lives and appreciating what they already have. It’s a great series.
From Lynne Demestichas:
Joop A Novel of Anne Frank, by Richard Lourie
An interesting spin on the Anne Frank story.Who turned the family over to the Nazi’s? This book takes it’s reader to Holland, during the war and is gripping when descibing the traumatic lives of a family trying to make ends meet, did they even know of the Franks and their hiding place? Even though it is fiction, the details of war-torn Holland are true and haunting,as every page brings the reader closer to it’s suprising and sad ending.
The Associate, by John Grisham
Having ignored many a Grisham novel for many years..this one was a real fast page turner. With less courtroom action than most of his books, it centers on the college antics of a few boys, which later catches up with them with a cell phone video. Trying to escape blackmail and still hold a prestigious law career, the main character becomes his own private investigator, researching and hoping for and end to what is happening to him by others which could hurt him forever.
Once Were Cops, by Ken Braun
In poetic Irish prose, Ken Braun follows the life of a Guard in Ireland who’s only dream is to become a New York City policeman.Upon getting here and becoming a cop, he is also more than New York’s finest can handle. Having a psychotic personlality, this “new” cop leads a weird trail of murder, that is easily covered up by his daily policeman like routine. Even thought it was no surprise ending, I couldn’t wait to get there…but then wished there could be more.
Bones of Betrayal, by Jefferson Bass
Having never read any of the Body Farm novels, I was unaware of the great forensics that go on in Bass’s stories. In this great tale of the making of the Atomic Bomb, Bass takes us through history from the present, in interviews(all fictional) to the workings of the men who thought up and put the bomb together. A mystery intwined in this story made it really interesting to read. A simple photograph of murder leads our investigative character to try and solve all sorts of nuclear radiation problems.Purely a story, but with truth within the laboratory.Fascinating.
From Mary Quirindongo:
Killer Takes All, by Erica Spindler
Stacy is a former homicide detective. When her friend gets killed and she is the one that discovered the body she can’t stop herself from getting involved. It leads Stacy to a role-playing game called White Rabbit that is deadly.
From Gina Scaglione:
Italian American: The Immigrant Experience
I thoroughly enjoyed this picture book of Italians through history. Great if you’re Italian-American!!
From Harold Rayman:
What is the What, by Dave Eggers
A heartbreaking novel, incredibly well-written, that appears to be an autobiography of one Lost Boy of Sudan. It showcases his humanity in an inhumane time and place, both as a child and young adult, and his trials and tribulations in the U.S. Definitely a Must Read.
From Geri Sundermier:
The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
A beautifully written story of an epic friendship between a servant and her employer. The story is set in modern-day India and gives the reader great insight into the culture from both perspectives. It was a hard book to put down!
From Robin McCracken:
The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro
I found this beginning of a trilogy series was very interesting as I could related to the familiar setting of the story location, set in Manhattan, Queens, etc. The author’s I found kept the story line on track which kept you in a continuing reading mode. This Vampire trilogy will keep you wondering how and if it will come to an end. I highly recommend this new trilogy series to all who enjoy “Vampire stories”.
From Elaine Pasquali:
Beachcomber, by Karen Robards
This book was packed with suspense and sexual tension and a cat named Marvin provided some delightful comic relief. The north eastern beach setting made it easy to visualize surroundings. An unexpected twist at the end took me completly by surprise.
Hard Eight, by Janet Evanovich
I love this author. Her character development is full enough to be able to get a real “feel” for Stephanie Plum, her family and friends. As a bounty hunter, Stephanie is an accident waiting to happen. Each character is quirky in a funny way. The scrapes Stephanie gets into are unimaginable to a rationale mind, but Stephanie operates on instinct rather than rationality. The book is laugh-out-loud funny and I am continuously laughing out loud. Give it a try if you’re looking for light hearted reading.