Summer Reading Club Review: On The Beach

From Dana Cohen

Title: On The Beach

Author: Nevil Shute

I listened to this as an audio book during my commute to work. Engaging and depressing all rolled into one. It is a post-apocalyptic book from the 1950’s about everyday people from Australia who are awaiting their inevitable death from the slowly-spreading fallout of nuclear war the year prior. The juxtaposition between everyday life and this amorphous impending doom is both striking and haunting.

Summer Reading Club Review: The Time Machine

From Dana Cohen

Title: The Time Machine

Author: H.G.Wells

I hadn’t read this book since high school but it was always one of my favorites. I was curious to see it would fare when read several years later. It was just as engaging though the pacing was a bit slower than I remembered. In brief, the Time Traveler builds a time machine and travels to the far-off future. There, he discovers two races of “people” – the Eloi and the Morlocks. It is a sobering commentary on human life as we know it to be and what might come in the future.

Summer Reading Club Review: the Husband’s Secret

From Terry DelBalso

Title: the Husband’s Secret

Author: Liane Moriarty

The main character Cecilia Fitzpatrick finds a letter from her husband that was not meant to be read until his death. The contents of that letter changes the life of so many people. But the deeper message is how life’s decisions have a domino effect that we never get to see the full effect of. This is perfect for a book club as it makes you stop and really think at so many points.