July 30, 2012

Last-chance Reviews

Only a tiny bit of time before Adult Summer Reading Program comes to a close!  Get those drawing entries in to the library: submission ends at closing, 7/31;  we'll pick the winner first thing in the morning August 1st.  Best of luck to you! 

Now, again, here are more reviews from your fellow patrons. 

My Life with the Lincolns by Gail Branders.  5 stars!  "Lighthearted and funny about a girl who believes her family to be an incarnation of the Lincoln family and yet capturing some of the awkwardness and difficulty and scariness of the Civil Rights movement in the '60s"

The No-Cry Potty Training Solution by Elizabeth Pantley.  5 stars!  "My parent friends can't understand why I haven't gone insane while potty training my daughter.  They can't understand how my daughter has done so well on the potty.  It's because of this book.  This book will make any parent or [guardian] an expert at potty training.  I bring it out if I forget something or an issue comes up.  I'm buying this book."

Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag.  "4+" out of 5.  "Broad story of Norwegian immigrants homesteading on the Great Plains in the 1860s-1880s.  A classic of "Western" literature despite being originally written by a Norwegian in Norwegian."

Bossypants by Tina Fey.  4 out of 5.  "I highly recommend Tina Fey's memoir to anyone who's a fan of her work on 30 Rock or SNL.  Hilarious but also insightful, Bossypants offers a glimpse of what it's like to work on these shows, be a working mother, a female comedian, and pose for photo shoots.  She also describes her childhood and how she got involved in improv, offering tips for others."

Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott.  3 and 1/2 out of 5.  "I enjoyed this book, but found the stories confusing.  I don't understand what caused the characters to fall in love with each other, and was not left with any feeling of confidence in the strength of their relationship."

War and Genocide by Doris L. Bergen.  3 out of 5.  "War and Genocide is an intensive 250 page overview of the steps that lead to the Holocaust.  While made a bit text-bookie because of dry data, the amount of information covered by this rather slim book is impressive.  A few more personal stories would have been an improvement though."

Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassam Yousef.  5 stars!  "Finished the book in 6 hours because I couldn't put it down.  Extremely interesting look into the Israel-Palestine conflict and sheds light on many complicated issue[s].  Very gripping."

Good luck, all, in the upcoming drawing! 

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