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.

For One More Day

From Lisa Lando

Title:  For One More Day

Author:  Mitch Albom

This is the story of a burnt out man who has car accident & has a visit with his dead mother. He learns the sacrifices she made & this changes the course of life.  It reads like a true story, but it’s not.  I liked this book, very heartwarming & uplifting.

crossroads

From adele gresser

Title:  crossroads

Author:  belva plain

an infant is adopted into a rich and important family.  her new mother is the CEO of a thriving business but she has little knowledge on how to accept and help this little girl.  The girl seems to be an odd ball.  The life and trials of this now young lady makes her meet and befriend problem people.  This not one of the author’s better books

The weight of blood : a novel

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Laura McHugh
Title: The weight of blood : a novel
I have frequently heard the saying “Blood is thicker than water” and the novel “The weight of blood” by Laura McHugh encapsulates this saying in the actions of two brothers. “You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family … Now, it ain’t my place to tell you what to think of your own family, but you’ve got to look past what you’ve always been taught and listen to what you know in your bones to be true,” and this is what Lucy does. Lucy’s father, Carl, and Crete Dane grew up in the Ozarks in a small town named Henbane. Carl grows up under the watchful eye of Crete, his older brother and is the one who grows straight and true while Crete, somehow, becomes avaricious and accepting of coloring outside the lines. Lucy, in searching for details of her missing mother, unearths many family secrets, one of which is her uncle’s involvement in human trafficking. A gripping, haunting story told from varied viewpoints, mainly the mother’s and daughter’s but always woven throughout is the value of family. Lucy, in unraveling her family’s past and present, must choose between “the weight of blood” (aka family loyalty) and her own strong moral compass.

Millions

From Chris Garland
titl: Millions [videorecording]
Millions is an uplifting tale about a nine year old boy whose mother has died and is moving with his father and brother to a new home and a new school. Damian is fascinated by the saints, who inspire him to do good deeds.

One day, the heavens provide him with an endless supply of money, which leads him on a complex adventure on which he will learn what money means to different people and what is really important in life.

Alex Etlel turns in a memorable performance as young Damien under the direction of Academy Award winning Danny Boyle.

Tip it: the world according to Maggie

Jackie Cantwell
author: Griffin, Maggie
Tip it: the world according to Maggie 
This is a fast read. Fans of Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-list, the
Bravo channel TV show, will probably want to read Kathy’s mother,
Maggie’s, life story.  Kathy even adds her comments to the text, which are
in brackets and italics.  Maggie is funny, and she has good old-fashioned
values, too.  She is 90 years young, and describes meeting her husband,
Johnny Griffin, in her Chicago neighborhood during WWII.  Boy, she is one
lucky woman.  She describes how her husband shared equally in the child
care (they had four children) and housework, and never complained.  Their
marriage was marked by respect, caring, good communication and lots of
laughter.  I enjoyed reading about their move to Los Angeles where her son
Kenny lived, after Johnny’s retirement.  They had had enough of snow and
cold weather; and Kathy decides to join them to try to break into acting.
They are star struck every step of the way, and have many photos with
celebrities to prove it.  Readers interested in life during depression-era
Chicago will find a lot to like.  As you may know, those who survived the
Depression are usually frugal for the rest of their lives, and Maggie is
no exception.  Find out why Maggie loves to wear muumuus and read her tips for living (which offers sensible advice for everyone).

Just Too Good To Be True

From Andrea Payne
author: Harris, E. Lynn
 Just Too Good To Be True
This was a novel about a young all star high school football player, Brady Bledsoe, whose mother has raised on her own while concealing her own past.  She’s convinced her son to take a vow of celibacy and drama unfolds as an unscrupulous sports agent enters the picture and does whatever it takes to get Brady to sign with him, even if Brady doesn’t realize that he is signing a contract.  Some parts are predicatable and others are juicy and surprising.  It was a nice easy, enjoyable read that was perfect for summer reading.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

From Kaitlyn, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Han, Jenny
The Summer I Turned Pretty
For about-to-turn-sweet-16-years-old, Belly (short for Isabel), summers at the beach is where her real life happens. The rest of the year is just a period of time that she has to endure until the months when she gets to go back to the large beach house, populated by two best-friend mothers and their two children (each) for the three months of summer. Belly is the youngest, and the only girl, and that’s the way she likes it. This summer, however, everything changes. Belly lost her glasses, gained a few curves, and is suddenly not the just the little sister figure everyone can just ignore. Since she’s older, that means the boys she has known all her life are changing too. Her brother Steven is off to college in the fall, Jeremiah and Conrad (the lifelong family friends), are different this summer too. She hears tension and even arguments between her mother and her best friend Susannah. Plus, Susannah’s husband, who normally shows up on the weekends, never makes a single appearance. Most importantly, Belly finally finds that she sees the world a little differently through the eyes of a changing teenage girl: Belly’s forever-crush on
Conrad just might finally be fading away, especially when she meets Cam…

The Summer I Turned Pretty is Korean American, Jenny Han’s second novel. This book is very relatable, very well written and extremely captivating. Jenny Han captures Belly’s teenage emotions and attitude perfectly. She gives this novel both a
lightness and an aching depth that almost makes it feel as if you were watching a drama on TV. I really enjoyed reading this book and almost finished it all in one sitting! I would recommend this book to teenage girls and young adults or all ages.

Mommy Guilt & Thousand Splendid Suns

From Gina Scaglione:

I recently finished Mommy Guilt by Julie Bort, Aviva Pflock and Devra Renner.  It was just the TLC I needed.  Prior to reading this self-help guide my middle name may as well have been Guilt.  However, after reading the quick read and completing the exercises I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.  There were even activities for my husband and I to complete together.  We realized that we do still have a lot in common.  This was a fabulous book:)

I stayed up last night until ten after one to finish A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  It was well worth being exhausted today:)  Not only did I stay up reading it, I then dreamed about my “friends” Laila, Mariam and Tariq for the entire length of time I was sleeping:)  A must-read for anyone.