Defending Jacob

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  William Landay
Defending Jacob
A teenage boy is murdered.  Andy Barber is the assistant district attorney on the case.  His world, and his family, is shattered when his fourteen year old son, Jacob, is charged with the murder.  Is he guilty?  Was he framed?  How far will a father go to protect his son?  Is his son a monster?  This is a  riveting, suspenseful legal drama that has a truly shocking ending.


From Ken Chan
Author:  Peg Kehret
Abduction is a story of great suspense. Abduction is a book is about how a boy named Matt leaves to go to the bathroom and never comes back; he got tricked into going with a man who is his ex-stepdad, Denny. Denny lives a life of gambling and due to that, he is in great debt. He plans to use Matt in order to get money. Matt goes on an adventure while his family is in search of him.
I find this book very heart racing and exciting. It shows every characteristics of a 5/5 star book.

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Blaize  Clement
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter
Dixie Hemingway, no relation to the famous personage, is a pet sitter in the Keys of Florida. She was a former deputy until a personal tragedy derailed her calm and her career. Her brother and his partner are her support system. Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter and Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund are the first and second books in the series respectively. They are humorous reads and one can almost feel the caress of the ocean breezes and inhale the salty tang. Dixie, due to the murdered bodies she is uncovering in the course of her pet sitting duties, is slowly reawakened to the joys and awkwardness of life. She meets, over the corpses, two intriguing men.  One is a detective and the other an attorney. Dixie communes with the animals and these undemanding creatures have allowed her space to heal. I cannot wait to read the continuing saga of Dixie and her pet sitting pitfalls.

Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world

From Andrea  Kalinowski
Author:  Paul Chutkow
Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world 
If you enjoy the companionship of a four-footed friend, this book will really appeal to you and reinforce the love and camaraderie you feel with your pet. Zelda, the Queen of Paris : the true story of the luckiest dog in the world  is a true animal lover’s tale. Zelda is a dog on the streets of India who knows she doesn’t want to stay on the streets of India. She befriends an Indian maid, who works for a journalist and his wife. With her gentle eyes and endearing nature, she is eventually welcomed wholeheartedly into the household. She becomes a friend to everyone in the journalist’s circle and when he is reassigned to Paris, she is granted a visa too. She adopts the mannerisms of the French regarding food and while the Parisians in her immediate vicinity at first despise her, when she rescues their wine collection, they heap praise upon her furry head. Her final journey is to California and there she predicts an earthquake. She is a proven companion to the journalist’s sons until the end of her life and demonstrates all the best qualities of a companion animal, loyalty and love.

“Time Enough at Last” from The twilight zone. Season 1

From Andrea  Kalinowski
Author:  Lyn  Venable
“Time Enough at Last” from The twilight zone. Season 1 [videorecording DVD]
Time Enough at Last” is a television episode of The Twilight Zone, which is now on DVD. The television episode was based on a short story written by Lyn (Marilyn) Venable. It is a Twilight Zone episode with which all librarians can sympathize to a degree. Henry Bemis, played by Burgess Meredith, is a glasses-wearing bank teller with the soul of a reader. Everyone is exhorting him to focus on real life when he would rather be lost in the pages of a book, any book. One day at work, the unthinkable happens. He glances at the paper, while in the vault enjoying lunch and the headline screams “H-Bomb.” The earth beneath him begins to ripple and when it stills again, he emerges and finds the promised destruction. He is alone and free to pursue his passion. He finds a destroyed library and begins to build piles of books for this week, next week, and the week thereafter and then the unthinkable happens … .

The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris

From Ellen Druda
Author:  David McCullough
The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris
“Not all pioneers went west.”  McCullough looks at Paris in the 19th century as the other destiny for Americans as they looked to expand their horizons as a new nation.  Starting in 1830, we watch the prominent citizens come and go: Samuel Morse, James Fennimore Cooper, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, and many more make their way there for short or extended stays.  We see the beautiful City of Lights blossom into a metropolis filled with beautiful architecture, large fragrant gardens, and cosmopolitan citizens of the highest taste in fashion and the arts.  We are witness, via the unforgettable diary entries of diplomat Elihu Washburne, the Franco-Prussian war and the long siege of Paris.The book ends with the Universelle Paris Exposition of 1900 as the new century begins, noting the changes just around the corner with the exhibited paintings of the teenage Pablo Picasso.

No time for tears: surviving grief in America

From  Jackie  Cantwell
Author:  Judy  Heath
No time for tears: surviving grief in America 
Judy is a psychotherapist who used to practice in Huntington, but moved to Charleston, SC. She is an experienced bereavement specialist who counseled firemen and cops after 9/11. This is an excellent book with concrete, real-life suggestions to help one who is grieving. The author shares case studies of individuals crippled by grief who were able to function again through talk therapy.  There are chapters designated for each type of grief, such as loss of a child, a spouse, a parent, a pet, etc.  There are also sections on how children and the elderly handle grief.  There are pointers on how to re-frame the experience for those who blame themselves for their loss. She also addresses how to cope with the things that well-meaning people say to the survivor, which usually have the opposite effect.  Judy’s compassion and calm tone come through in each passage. She seems to possess a special empathy with grievers because, as she shares in the beginning, she lost her infant son. Judy describes different symptoms and behaviors in grievers and when to seek professional help. There is an excellent resources section in the back with organizations which help different types of sufferers.

God is not great : how religion poisons everything

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Christopher  Hitchens
God is not great : how religion poisons everything 
The late Christopher Hitchens ended his writing career as one of the world’s best known atheists.  If you want to understand his reasons, this is the book to read.  Filled with essays that take on the popular organized religious tenants, he takes them apart brilliantly at every turn with a rigorous intellectualism.  Hitchens writes like he lived his life: with courage, humor, and a clarity of thought that cuts through dogma like a saber.

Children and fire : a novel

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Ursula   Hegi
Children and fire : a novel 
 Add this to your list of circadian novels (books that take place during 24 hours).  It is February 27, 1934, the one year anniversary of the Reichstag’s burning.  Thekla Jensen, a 34 year old Catholic elementary school teacher in a small German village,  uses her fourth grade students, their parents, and her own conscience to explore the issues of extremism and  the moral dilemmas Germans  have faced since  Hitler has come to power.  What do you do?  Ignore, participate, go along in the belief this is an anomaly that will quickly pass, or resist? This is the fourth book in Hegi’s  Burgdorf Cycle set in a fictional German village in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Just as in her 1994 bestseller, Stones from the River,  Hegi  examines how people and a nation can slowly lose their moral beliefs and integrity.  This book was as thought provoking and enjoyable as Stones from the River.