From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Frank Langella
Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them
Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them. Frank Langella chronicles his encounters – some fleeting and some long-term – with various celebrities, in a series of vignettes. The format seems a bit choppy at times as it moves from celebrity to celebrity. Add a star if you’re a fan of show-biz gossip.
From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Patricia Barey
Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats
I’ve read a few books about Julia Child recently, and this book holds its own against the competition. Compared to Bob Spitz’s Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, you get the gist of the story with a lot less pages to wade through. Entertaining and interesting. Add a star if you’re a cat lover.
From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: BBC Scotland
Monarch of the glen [videorecording DVD]
Monarch of the Glen is a highly addictive, delightful series from BBC Scotland. There are seven series, which can be borrowed separately or all together depending on the library.
The series begins with Archie MacDonald, a young restaurateur, being tricked by his family into returning home to Glenbogle, the family estate in the Scottish Highlands, which is in financial ruin. He stays to try to make Glenbogle viable again. The show is enhanced by breathtaking scenery, and includes a wacky but ever-changing cast of characters. Though many of the stories are serious, the series manages to remain humorous and lighthearted. Sometimes you will find yourself laughing out loud. Episodes include romance, business, heartache, family problems, community issues, class differences, and lots of scheming. When you turn on an episode and hear the familiar theme song, you will feel like you are home again with your new family and friends in the highlands. Eventually you will begin to think that maybe real men do wear kilts.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Peter Piot
No time to lose : a life in pursuit of deadly viruses
No time to lose : a life in pursuit of deadly viruses by Peter Piot is an autobiography of his life. Peter was a medical student who wanted to specialize in Infectious Diseases. A professor of his told him, “There is no future in infectious diseases. They’ve all been solved.”
I, the reader, found the idea that all Infectious Disease has been eradicated highly suspect. I believe that there are still new, undiscovered organisms out there. Peter was a tireless advocate for AIDS research, education and treatment. Many countries denied the existence of AIDS in their populace and if they did acknowledge the existence of this killer, they underestimated the numbers affected. Then, as now, it is a struggle to get people to agree on a specific course of action. He remains concerned about the sustainability of the response for the AIDS epidemic and for people living with this disease. “(Peter) learned that our human capacity to survive and find meaning in life is beyond imagination …” This book was a highly informative medical biography of both Peter Piot and the AIDS epidemic.
From Eileen Effrat
Author: Anne Perry
Dorchester Terrace : a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel
I am a long time fan of Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt historical mystery series. In fact I have read the previous 26. This is the latest, and it certainly does not disappoint. Pitt has moved up the ranks of London’s Metropolitan Police Force and is now the newly appointed Head of Special Branch. The year is 1896 and revolutionaries and anarchists are causing havoc. An obscure Austrian Duke is scheduled to visit his English royal relatives and assassination rumors abound. Pitt’s department steps up surveillance to avoid a possible international scandal. For an authentic feel of Victorian England and a good mystery, the Pitt series is a good choice.