Green Beans & Ice Cream: the Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcemenrt by Bill Sims, Jr.

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This book takes a look at how people need to have positive reinforcement for what they do and that we should not treat all people equally. Those who work hard and try to do a good job need to be recognized for what they do, and that recognition needs to be different than the recognition given to those who do not do what they should, and are not trying hard. We must understand that positive reinforcement means different things to different people. Money rewards are important but not the be-all and end-all of existence. A simple thank you and feeling that someone cares and sees the great job you do can go a long way.
An interesting book. I did not always agree with the author but it is a good book club read.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆

New Mosaics by D.T. Dawson

Reviewed by Robin Kaufman

Learning to complete mosaics was fun. The book is very informative — showing many pictures and how to’s. Mosaics were made from felt, beans, buttons, glass (which was very pretty), metal, and more. Details were excellent and I will definitely take out the book again in the near future.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

Television writer/Christie & Holmes loving Horowitz writes about a television writer/Christie & Holmes loving Anthony Horowitz who partners with Daniel Hawthorne to solve a murder. Very weird book because his character takes on a lot of the characteristics of his real life including referring to the things he has done such as Midsomer Murders & Foyle’s War. Unique blending of fact and fiction – hard to know where one stops and the other begins so far as he personally is involved. This is the second book I have read with this back-ground. It revolves around the murder of a high-powered divorce attorney. The story is clever and hard to put down once started. Liked the characters. Am going to go back and read earlier Horowitz stories.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

This is the story of two young girls who are friends but whose friendship is destroyed by the horrors of Nazism in Germany. One will go on the become a Nazi supporter, Ilsa, and the other, Renate, will be forced to flee because her Protestant father had been born of Jewish parents. A truly touching novel that again depicts the horrors of the Holocaust but in a very deft way. The char-acters are well-developed and relatable and the ending is hopeful. This seems to be the year of WWII themed books.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer

Reviewed by Paulette Aspesi

The story of Varian Fry, an American who helped to save the lives of many very famous artists in WWII by doing what he needed to do regardless of the law or the consequences. Being a closet homosexual at the time did not endear him to some people, though those he worked with loved him, his brilliance and his courage. Some of those he helped included Chagall, Ernst and Arundt. In many ways, the United States tried to thwart his efforts to get people into this country. A very inspiring and great book, though way too long. Are there any good editors left out there?

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆