Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More five star books from last week's drawing:

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

High Water by Lynn Hightower

Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes

Heat by Mike Lupica

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Shakeout by Ken Follett

Monday, July 24, 2006

  • Congratulations to our latest prize winners, drawn in the July 21st drawing:

    A $25.00 gift certificate to Pancho's and Gringos was won by Pam Perlman

    A $25.00 gift certificate to The Olive Garden was won by Jean Llewellyn

    A one pound box of Bridgewater Chocolates was won by Robin Keffer.

    Don't forget to drop your completed entry forms at the Library this week. On July 28th we'll be giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to Bailey's Backyard, a $25.00 gift certificate to Simpson & Vail's Quality Teas and Coffees, and two passes to Dangerfield's Comedy Club in New York

Thursday, July 20, 2006

There have been some intriguing nonfiction titles turned in that have been awarded five stars by our readers. Take a look at what comes highly recommended, plus their comments about these books:

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.
A fascinating look at the curious lives of cadavers.

Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back by Norah Vincent.
A very insightful and sympathetic look at what life is like for men. She disguised herself as a man and lived as a man!

The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer and Throttle Your Inner Child by Paul Pearsall.
He makes sense and shows how the self-help movement has created more problems than it solved. His emphasis is on interpersonal relations. I love his philosophy!

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt.
Wonderful! About time someone connected the dots!

Condi: The Condoleeza Rice Story by Antonia Felix.
I knew she was very accomplished, but I never knew how accomplished! She is an outstanding person.

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.

Well-written, easy read and I learned a lot about daily life in Afghanistan.

Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
Especially interesting as this book takes place primarily in 1950s in Hartford, CT. A thoughtful look at life in a working class family, made unique as she experienced the murder of a classmate.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

At the end of week three of our adult summer reading program, "Catch a Great Book, " over 100 book entries have been turned in! Here are some of the fiction books that have earned a 5 star rating from one or more readers plus their comments:

The Hard Way by Lee Child
Great read and summer book, an adult beach book.

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Written for teens, but if you like Harry Potter, you'll like this!

Terrorist by John Updike
I don't understand religious fundamentalism, but this book brought me closer than anhthing I've read to date.

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed
Very enjoyable and well-written.

The Mercy Seat by Martyn Waites

Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
A new favorite.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Could not believe the ending!

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Great suspense, excellent writing, very interesting ideas (theology) to those with open minds--fun!

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins
A lovely story of culture, heritage, friends and lovers.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Kill Me by Stephen White
Excellent Book!

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Wow! Great!

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito
Really Funny!

5th Horseman by James Patterson
Great beach book, easy to read.
Read them in a series...this is #5.
Winners of July 7th and July 14th Drawings:

Iris Cohen $25.00 Gift Certificate to Burr Farm Garden Center

Lisa Rivas Two tickets to the Sherman Playhouse

Eve Sturdevant $20.00 Gift Certificate to Ciao!

Jaclyn Machia $20.00 Gift Certificate to Peter’s Imports

Helen Kobee Gift Certificate for 2 to Dangerfield’s, NYC