Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author: Wednesday Martin, Ph.D.

Title:   Primates of Park Avenue : a memoir

Would you be surprised to know that an anthropologist moved to a populated area, studied the natives, and found herself starting to blend in with them – and that this populated area is the Upper East Side of Manhattan? That’s exactly what happened to Wednesday Martin. She found herself in an area where you couldn’t swing a Birkin handbag without hitting a trophy wife – an unfriendly trophy wife, to boot. The “natives” were snooty, obsessed with their bodies and wardrobes and emotionally cruel to a newcomer. Author Martin unexpectedly finds her views becoming increasingly influenced by theirs, much to her astonishment. Yet, when Martin sustains a tragic loss, she finds the very same women rallying around her and providing a surprising – and welcome – amount of emotional support. Could it be that we are all really members of the same tribe – or will our social and financial differences always keep us apart? Decide for yourself when you read this interesting and often humorous true story.

Tom Crean : unsung hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions

From  Eileen Effrat

Author:  Michael Smith

Title:   Tom Crean : unsung hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions 

Making the most of limited resources, Smith documents the adventures of Tom Crean, a man who spent more time in the Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton. A modest man, he did not leave diaries, letters, photographs or books detailing his exploits as many others did. In fact, he never gave an interview and rarely spoke of his adventures to family and friends in County Kerry, Ireland. What emerges from this biography is an extremely private and unassuming man. His selfless courage, resilience, loyalty and limitless good humor kept despair in check from numerous life threatening situations. His adventures are incredible, and the man unflappable. This biography is one you won’t soon forget.

Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician

From Margaret Mezzacapo

Author:  Sandeep  Jauhar

Title:  Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician  

Sandy Jauhar, author of the bestseller  Intern, has now become a physician in private practice, and quickly finds out that medicine is being practiced in a way that is totally unexpected to him.  As with so many other things, the drive for the almighty dollar pervades the conditions under which he functions. He just wants to practice medicine, but realizes that he needs to perfect social skills so he can get along with his fellow physicians and thus generate referrals and other economic avenues.  Add in a wife, a physician herself , who seems to personify the term “money-hungry,” and Jauhar finds himself immensely impacted by stress, and questioning his own abilities. This is an interesting look into the reality of today’s medical world.

Grave undertakings : mortician by day, model by night– one woman’s true-life adventures

From: Andrea Kalinowski

Author: Alexandra Mosca

Title: Grave undertakings : mortician by day, model by night– one woman’s true-life adventures

I was browsing the catalog one day and this particular title so intrigued me, I had to immediately place a reserve upon it. I then anxiously awaited its arrival. The book was entitled Grave undertakings: mortician by day, model by night – one woman’s true-life adventures by Alexandra Kathryn Mosca and it caught my interest from page one. Alexandra’s birth mother died in childbirth and that is only the beginning of Alexandra’s trials. One would think that if an individual or a couple wants to adopt a child, it is done as a humanitarian, selfless act but this is often far from the case. Alexandra’s adoptive parents were mentally and physically abusive and, at sixteen, she went out on her own. From an early age, the pomp and pageantry of funerals and death had fascinated her and she decided her calling was that of mortician. At the time of her decision, this was a career field that did not welcome women. The majority of her fellow classmates at Undertaking College were the children of established funeral families so they already had a position awaiting them. Alexandra had to convince the male establishment of her skills and even then, she was quite often relegated to the position of lady attendant. A lady attendant was the person designated to come in and make up the deceased. Alexandra had a hard time breaking into her field but most of the time managed to keep her spirits high and her determination strong. She proved to me, that if you have a desire and a willingness to sacrifice, anything is possible.

Balance : a story of faith, family, and life on the line

From Margaret Mezzacapo|
Author:  Nik Wallenda
Title:  Balance : a story of faith, family, and life on the line 
Yes, Nik Wallenda comes from the famous Flying Wallendas. In this book, he describes growing up in the circus and several of his famous stunts, including his walk over Niagara Falls last summer. It’s a quick read because there’s not a lot of substance to it –I would have liked some greater detail about circus life and how he performs his stunts. This book is suitable for all ages.

Coming Clean

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Kimberly Rae Miller
Title: Coming Clean
Kimberly Miller’s parents were hoarders – but they were the hoarders who love her. This memoir, which takes place on Long Island, discusses her life with packrat parents who wanted the best for her but seemed physically unable to give her a childhood like all the other kids had. The clutter ruined aspects of her life and shaped the adult she would become. The book is interesting, compassionate, funny, and sad. I would recommend it for anyone.