From Raymond Cantwell
Title/Author How to Sell your Screenplay by Lydia & Joan Wilen
If you are an aspiring screenwriter as I am, this is an unusually valuable read. The market for screenplays was covered, screenplay formatting points to keep in mind were included, as well as the history of the movie-making industry itself. Surprisingly, NYC was once the focus of American movie making, and Westerns were filmed in New Jersey. A strong-armed monopoly here, forced movie production to move to Hollywood. In the 30s Golden Age, they sold 80 million tickets a week. Copyright registration affords protection. There is additional protection after a potential buyer sees your screenplay. He does not want to face a plagiarism lawsuit, especially when he’ll have to hire someone to rewrite your ideas into the screenplay that you already wrote.
From Kim Sarrosick
Title/Author Sisterland/Curtis Sittenfeld
Another book by one of my favorite authors…I loved 3/4 of it, but the ending came way too quickly and things revealed about the main character/narrator turned me off to her (up until that point, I liked her and was “rooting” for her!) No spoilers, but this book provides interesting exploration of sisters (twins), marriage, motherhood, and psychic abilities (the twins have had somewhat of a sixth sense since childhood).
From deborah bono
Title/Author Bye,Bye Love / K.J. Larsen
If I had to categorize this book it would be a cute mystery; meaning, nothing gory that you would have to fast forward if watching a movie. Laced with good snickering humor now and then. A touch of romance too…two hunks as guardian angels…one should be so lucky. Oh and did I mention plenty of I-talian innuendos… “no problem”. Overall I would recommend the book, if just looking for light, enjoyable reading.
From Robin Kaufman
The copy right on this book is 1961. The pages look yellowed. Pictures are all black & white in this book, except for 4 pages that had a few colored photos. I like color photos & more up to date information. Not impressed with this book & could not find what I was looking for. There was information on types of shells and where to find them, but I still did not think this book was for me. book had over 300 pages.
Seashells in My Pocket
I took out 2 books from the library about seashells. This book was better than the other book I took out. It had over 170 pages. Book was very easy to read. It did not have any color photographs (I prefer color photographs especially about seashells). This is a great book for children & adults. It also describes birds in the areas where there are seashells. I recommend this book.
From Dorothy Zelamsky
Title/Author The Invention of Wings/Sue Monk Kidd
Set in Charleston in the 1800’s, the book follows the story of a slave and her owner from the time they were were young girls into adulthood. The author explores themes such as hardship, friendship, and self-discovery. I enjoyed how the story was told from the point of view of the 2 main characters in alternating chapters.
From Alexus H
The Color of Water
This was a great book. An African American male tells his story growing up with a Jewish mother who hid her cultural background from her children. It shows the confusion of self-identity and the different cultures experienced.
From Donna Southard
Title/Author Predator/Patricia Cornwell
This is a crime/murder mystery fiction novel that is okay. Some of the concepts of the Predator program were intriguing. It was not a page turner for me. It was a fast read, but not a favorite read.
From Pat Wagner
Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst
Judith Viorst writes about natural losses all people go through in life. I tried to read it five years ago but put it down. This year I was ready to read and enjoy learning about the relationships many people have with loved ones. This book starts with the mother/infant relationship thru dying. Not an easy read but a book full of wisdom and knowledge.
From Jaison Antony
Title/Author Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days/Rogers Cadenhead
I read this book to see if it would be helpful for my daughter who’s beginning to learn computer programming and Java. I’m a software engineer and have read many books involving Java but this provides the clearest instructions for her to grasp. Not only does this book explain concepts in a step-wise fashion, but it provides short quizzes and challenge questions at the end of each chapter. I would recommend this to any beginning programmer.
From Patricia Wagner
Title/Author Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell
This book is sometimes a required reading for High school students. Author Gladwell nonfiction writing explores many instances that make people more successful than their peers. I found it an easy read but a thought producing book. Can that really be true? An excellent book club choice for all ages.