Archive for the ‘Recommendations’ category


August 25th, 2017

lillian boxfish takes a walkLillian Boxfish Takes a Walk is delectably theatrical; laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St Vincent Millay and Truman Capote.  She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R H Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country.  It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it”.

It’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever,  is on her way to a party; on a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the City.  She meats bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, & parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement & adversity, passion & heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

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COLLARED by David Rosenfelt

August 8th, 2017

collared COLLARED is an ‘Andy Carpenter Mystery'; the latest one in a series that now includes 16 mysteries.  Lawyer, Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation , the dog-rescue organization he runs with his friend, Willie Miller.  All kinds of dogs make their way to the shelter— there is quite a surprise when they scan the newest dog’s embedded chip & discover he is the “DNA dog”.

Two and a half years ago Jill Hickman’s baby & dog were kidnapped in broad daylight & they haven’t been seen since.  Now with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light & the search for the child is renewed.

This is a courtroom drama with charm & a really clever plot with Jersey gangsters, ruthless criminals, & likable protagonists.  Rosenfelt manages to make the reading both humorous (laugh-out-loud funny) & edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.

To make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy & his team enter the case.  But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous as they ever expected.

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GO FOR BROKE by C. Douglas Sterner

August 3rd, 2017

gfbGo for Broke is a great story of American heroism from WWII.

Japanese-Americans were forcefully removed from their homes & businesses, & placed in “relocation” camps throughout the West.  With countless instances og “Gestapo-like”tactics used against them, no one would’ve faulted them for being bitter or angry at the country that held them captive.

Instead, the remarkable story of these Nesei (first-generation-born Japanese born outside of Japan) warriors explains why they were eager to defend their American homeland, & how they became the most decorated fighting unit ever assembled in U.S. military history.

Go for Broke is the incredible story of how these soldiers, known as the “Purple Heart Battalion”, helped liberate Europe, the Pacific, & America from its pervasive & systemic bigotry.

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THE INFERNO COLLECTION written by Jacqueline Seewald

July 25th, 2017

the inferno collectionKim Reynolds, who has clairvoyant ability, is a reference librarian at the university.   Kim is contacted by her friend, Lorette, a grad student in the English doctoral program, and a chain of frightening events unfold.

Kim’s own psychic powers are matched by those of police detective Mike Gardner and together they try to discover the circumstances behind Lorette’s death.

The Inferno Collection :  the Victorian term for a set of library materials locked away from general use.  That collection was one of the last things Lorette asked Kim about.  It just might hold the key to Lorette’s death.



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my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry —Fredrik Backman

July 17th, 2017


grandmotherA charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters [for Elsa to deliver] apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of different people, including the woman in the black skirt, Wolfheart, the wurse, and the boy with the syndrome; but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

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