Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kathy Recommends "The Flight Attendant"

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline makes it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police - she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home - Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant is a stay up all night thriller not to be missed!

Recommended for Adults.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Alicia recommends "We Were the Lucky Ones"

This is an excellent story of courage, love, and survival of a family separated and ultimately reunited, based on a true story.  Themes included in this book are World War II and Holocaust survivors. This is a great book of Jewish fiction.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kate recommends "Felicity"

Mary Oliver is best known for poetry that celebrates the natural world. This subject is certainly treated in the 82-year-old poet’s most recent book, Felicity, particularly in the book’s first section Journey. Here are poems that connect the beauty of wild roses to the spiritual and that consider trees talking to the sun. The second section of the book, however, is called Love and these poems address a topic as magnificent and mysterious as anything else in nature, romantic love. 

From the thrill of the start of a romance in The First Day to the poem, I have Just Said, which expresses gratitude for many happy years in a mature relationship, the poems are filled with Oliver’s trademark joy and immediacy. In most of Oliver’s poems there is an underlying exhortation to wake up, to open our hearts and minds and to experience fully the splendor and wonder of the world. The love poems have this same flavor. There is no cynicism, no holding back, no playing it safe. Instead there is humor, bliss, exuberance and the wistful pleasure of memory.

Felicity is a small book, only 81 pages. The poems are short and accessible, yet, they transport the reader into the heart of nature and into the depths of our own hearts.

This and That

In this early dancing of a new day –
dogs leaping on the beach,
dolphins leaping not far from shore –
someone is bending over me,
is kissing me slowly.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Margaret recommends "The Hamilton Affair"

When you think of Alexander Hamilton only a few things probably come to mind.  He is pictured on our $10 bill, was our first Secretary of Treasury, and he died from a duel. But there is more to the story than those facts.  The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs highlights Alexander Hamilton’s many contributions and love of America, the man he was, the true love story with his wife Eliza that survived infidelity, his political friends and foes, and about that fateful duel.  The author also gives insight about the contributions and character of his wife Eliza (Elizabeth Schuyler).  Elizabeth Cobbs, a Texas A&M University history professor, inspires you to learn more about Alexander Hamilton.  You can also check out Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical “Hamilton” on CD and Ron Chernow’s book Alexander Hamilton that inspired the musical and you too will soon become a "Hamilfan."

This book is suitable for adults.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Kathy Recommends "Woman in Window"

Child psychologist Anna Fox … lives out one of the classic films that she loves so well—Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. In this modern update, the agoraphobic Anna hasn't left her Manhattan townhouse in more than 11 months. When she's not observing the neighbors and photographing them with her digital camera, she's watching movies, playing chess, and counseling other agoraphobics via an online forum. Then her obsession with the new family across the park begins to take over. When Anna witnesses a stabbing in their house, no one believes what she saw is real—and it's entirely possible that Anna shouldn't believe it herself. The secrets of Anna's past and the uncertain present are revealed slowly in genuinely surprising twists. (Publisher’s Weekly)

For those who enjoy psychological thrillers like Girl on a Train, Gone Girl or the Couple Next Door.  This book is creating quite a buzz and is in development at Fox Films.

This title is recommended for adults.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Michelle recommends "The Wife Between Us"

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendrick & Sarah Pekkanen

This novel of suspense covers falling in love, getting lost in a marriage and recovering from heartache. The difference between the days before a wedding and the aftermath of a failed marriage start the story. It is not a love story, but a story of how love can change your life or a person. This is a very tough one to write about without giving away the twists and turns these characters send the reader through. And while the surprises were stronger in the early part of the book, right until the end it will take you in directions you do not expect.

If you enjoyed Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough last summer (here is our take on that title, Podcast), this title will also keep you wondering who you pity, who you like, who you hate, who is good and who is bad.

Recommended for Adults.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kira recommends 'Your Name'

Your name

Imagine one day you wake up from a fuzzy dream you can't quite recall, and realize you're not in your own body. This is what happens to small-town shrine maiden Mitsuha and Tokyo part-timer Taki, two high-schoolers with nothing in common and no reason to swap bodies. After a few switches, they begin to write each other notes in their phones, notebooks, and even their bodies to find out who the other is. As they live each other's lives, they learn more about each other, and through this, about themselves. When a meteor passes by Mistuha's rural town and the body switching suddenly stops, Taki must find out what happened to her, and together they discover why they began to switch bodies.

'Your Name' is an animated feature that has received critical acclaim across the globe. It's the second-highest grossing domestic film in Japan, and its success spread across Asia , then Europe, and eventually to the United States. It has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, where critics say "It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.​" The New York Times calls it "a wistfully lovely Japanese tale", while the Atlantic says it's "a dazzling new work of anime".

Recommended for adults and teens.​