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.