Bookmarked for Death

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  Bookmarked for Death

Author:  Lorna Barrett

The Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore, owned by Tricia Miles, celebrates it’s anniversary by hosting a book signing for mystery writer Zoe Carter.  When Zoe is murdered during the book signing the celebration comes to a dead halt.  As the sheriff shows no progress in solving the case, Tricia takes matters into her own hands.  A fast paced, interesting book in large type for tired eyes.

THE NEXT VICTIM

From ADELE GRESSER
Title:  THE NEXT VICTIM
Author:  WILLIAM SANDERS
TAGGART ROPER IS A FREELANCE WRITER WHO HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS A FAR AS MONEY COMING IN TO LIVE.  HE OCCASIONALLY TAKES JOBS AS A PRIVATE DETECTIVE TO PAY HIS BILLS.  HE HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO FIND THE PERSON WHO MURDERED THIS YOUNG LADY’S MOTHER’S MURDERER.  ROPER GETS INVOLVED WITH SOME NASTY PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO WANT TO DO HIM IN. HE FINDS OUT THAT THE MURDERED MOTHER HAD BEEN TAKING MONEY FROM A VERY WELL KNOWN PREACHER FOR A LONG TIME.  HE DIGS UP PAPERS THAT SHOW THE MURDERED MOM WAS IMPREGNATED BY THE REVEREND WHEN THEY GREW UP TOGETHER ON A FARM.  THE GIRLS MOTHER BECOMES A PROSTITUTE TO SUPPORT HERSELF AND GIVE LIVING MONEY TO HER DAUGHTER.  WHAT TAG ACTUALLY FINDS OUT IS SURPRISING ABOUT THE MOTHER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POPULAR PREACHER AND WHO KILLED HER AND WHY.  THE BOOK IS NOT A GREAT BOOK BUT IT WAS OK TO FILL IN THE TIME UNTIL I GOT MY REQUESTED BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY.

I’ll mature when I’m dead : Dave Barry’s amazing tales of adulthood

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Dave Barry
I’ll mature when I’m dead : Dave Barry’s amazing tales of adulthood
This is another laugh-out-loud book from my favorite funny man. With chapters covering topics such as fatherhood, technology, dog ownership, Dave’s Hollywood career and visiting Miami, you’re sure to find a favorite. Two chapters are hilarious parodies of the recent popular phenomena: The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and “24” the television show starring Kiefer Sutherland. My favorite is  “Tips for visiting Miami: No. 1: Are you insane?” This had me in stitches: “We also have a growing population of unwelcome out-of-town wildlife species that have come here and clearly intend to stay. Two invasive species in particular have caused serious concern: Burmese pythons, and New Yorkers. The New Yorkers have been coming for years, which is weird because pretty much all they do once they get to Florida is bitch about how everything here sucks compared to the earthly paradise that is New York. They continue to root, loudly, for the Jets, the Knicks, the Mets, and the Yankees; they never stop declaring, loudly, that in New York the restaurants are better, the stores are nicer, the people are smarter, the public transportation is free of sharks, etc.” Dave has a most unique suggestion for handling the python problem once and for all.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: my year of magical reading

From Catherine Given
Author:  Nina Sankovitch
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: my year of magical reading
I just finished Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch, about a woman who self-prescribes a book a day for a year as a way to re-group after her beloved sister’s death.  It’s a beautifully written story of lessons distilled from 365 authors’ works.  By briefly sharing what she derives from the experience and how she applies writers’ messages to her own life, Sankovitch creates a unique memoir, one that any avid reader of books will appreciate.  She also provides a list of richly meaningful non-fiction and fiction books to add to our own must-reads.  She says:

\”Words are witness to life: They record what has happened and they make it real. . . . Stories about lives remembered bring us backward while allowing us to move forward.  The only balm to sorrow is memory:  The only salve for the pain of losing someone to death is acknowledging the life that existed before.\”

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair will likely be cherished by anyone mourning the loss of a loved one.  For others, it will provide an affirmation of the value of thoughtful reading of good literature.

Forbidden Lie$

From Ellen Druda
Forbidden Lie$ 
This one is very much of interest to libraries, since it’s about the author Norma Khouri and her 2003 best seller “Forbidden Love.” The book was presented as a true story about a young Muslim girl caught in an unapproved love affair who was then murdered by her brother.   A year after publication, an Australian journalist examined the details in the story and proved it all to be a figment of the author’s imagination. The film tells the story of Khouri’s rise to fame and her response to the accusations about the book.  What makes it so delicious to watch is the onion-peel method the film uses to tell us the story: we see Khouri dig herself deeper and deeper with lies and deceptions; explanations that seem logical at first reveal themselves to be truths about other falsehoods even more bizarre.  The DVD comes loaded with extras, including deleted scenes, featurettes, and terrific commentary with director Anna Broinowski and Khouri herself.

Forbidden Lie$

From Ellen Druda
Forbidden Lie$
This one is very much of interest to libraries, since it’s about the author Norma Khouri and her 2003 best seller “Forbidden Love.” The book was presented as a true story about a young Muslim girl caught in an unapproved love affair who was then murdered by her brother.   A year after publication, an Australian journalist examined the details in the story and proved it all to be a figment of the author’s imagination. The film tells the story of Khouri’s rise to fame and her response to the accusations about the book.  What makes it so delicious to watch is the onion-peel method the film uses to tell us the story: we see Khouri dig herself deeper and deeper with lies and deceptions; explanations that seem logical at first reveal themselves to be truths about other falsehoods even more bizarre.  The DVD comes loaded with extras, including deleted scenes, featurettes, and terrific commentary with director Anna Broinowski and Khouri herself.