If you like mysteries and libraries, Linda Fairstein’s Lethal Legacy will give you entertainment and information. There may be moments of wondering exactly where Fairstein is going with the characters’ actions, dialogue and their importance or the author’s purpose and connections. Whether or not you agree with the how the author “maps” her writing, the book is still a good read that may have you looking at libraries and their collections with new eyes. You’ll come away from this reading with more than a little history about public libraries and the philanthropists who contributed to them, especially the New York Public Library. Fairstein provides her novel’s Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper with an abundance of villains and stalwart companions. Appropriate for adults, Lethal Legacy will be fun for those who are curious about what goes on behind the stacks!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Reverend Betsy Blessing is looking for a good man. Having reached the ripe old age of thirty, Betsy is wondering if her chosen career path with all its restrictions will ever allow her to find someone with whom to share her life. While dealing with parishioners who keel over during her sermons, steal money from the collection box, and set her up with relatives who happen to be ex-cons, the Reverend doesn’t recognize what’s right under her nose, fellow seminarian and long-time friend David Swenson. This is a funny, heartwarming look at “a single girl’s life on the other side of the altar.” Appropriate for young adults and adults.
There just aren’t many good chick lit books coming out right now so it was a great surprise to read Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery. This is the first book in the trilogy, with the 2nd and 3rd following at the end of May and June. Lexi Titan needs two million dollars in 30 days or she will lose her business and her chance at winning the contest for her father’s inheritance. The only way she can find to get the money is to pretend to be engaged to Cruz Rodriguez for six months. It was the first book in a long time that I didn’t want to put down!
Monday, May 11, 2009
I’m not usually a big nonfiction-reader, but the premise of defining happiness around the globe was intriguing to me. Eric Weiner, a self-proclaimed grump, offers an extremely interesting study in happiness. How is happiness in America different from happiness in places like Switzerland or Bhutan? Part travelogue, part research, this book is something of an anomaly because while it doesn’t explain how to concretely define happiness, it certainly goes to great lengths to find it. I found it interesting because geography has a lot to do with what constitutes the feeling of happiness. Although Weiner does sometimes get bogged down with the minutiae of certain locations , this book was a fairly fast and very enjoyable read. For those who have found happiness, are looking for happiness, or wonder just how you measure happiness, this book is a great choice.