Reviews

REVIEW:  Hamilton: The Revolution

REVIEW: Hamilton: The Revolution

Reviewed by Delores Schweitzer: “Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony awards, is the hottest show on Broadway and has generated phenomenal interest in the Founding Fathers, as reinterpreted for modern day America. With show tickets near-impossible to come by, it’s nice to know you can experience the history, culture and music of Hamilton at your local library. “

by · 09/12/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW: A Head Full of Ghosts

REVIEW: A Head Full of Ghosts

Reviewed by Maggie Mohr: “A Head Full of Ghosts,” by Paul Tremlblay: The Barretts are a family of four who live in suburban New England. When 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia and resulting medical treatment is ineffective, the family turns to a local Catholic priest for help.

by · 09/05/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Jane Steele: A Confession

REVIEW: Jane Steele: A Confession

Reviewed by Lindsay Clark: “Jane Eyre meets Dexter in this darkly humorous crime novel inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s classic. Jane Steele, orphaned as a child, struggles with guilt over becoming a “murderess” several times over, beginning with the accidental death of a predatory male cousin.’

by · 08/29/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW: Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

REVIEW: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hoyt Tuggle: This is a brilliantly poignant personal essay on the plight of poor working class whites, the Scots-Irish of Appalachia and the Rust Belt. Experience through Vance the migration of “hillbillies” from Appalachia to the booming factories of the Midwest during WWII and the years following.

by · 08/22/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW: Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

REVIEW: Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Reviewed by Sarah Burriss: Disrupted is hilarious and scary in equal measure. Dan Lyons, former technology editor of Newsweek, is summarily let go from his position after decades in journalism. Over 50 and professionally adrift, Lyons decides to hop on the start-up train and joins software company HubSpot. During a painful year, Lyons learns that it’s not a train so much as a dangerously precarious bubble he’s boarded.

by · 08/08/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

REVIEW: Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

Reviewed by Helen Walker: “There are so many self-help and advice books out there that it is difficult to choose which one will actually help. Byron Katie’s book, Loving What Is, introduces and explains “The Work,” a series of four questions that helped free Katie from her suffering.

by · 07/25/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW: The Secret Keeper 

REVIEW: The Secret Keeper 

Reviewed by Michel Hammes: The Secret Keeper, a novel by Kate Morton. The Secret Keeper is one of those hidden gems you can find when you peruse the library stacks.

by · 07/17/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

REVIEW: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

Reviewed by Darryl Woods: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary

Settling the debate, Paul McCartney once said “If anyone’s the fifth Beatle, it’s Brian Epstein.” This graphic novel explores, in vivid color, the life of the man who is the subject of the song “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.”

by · 07/04/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

REVIEW: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Reviewed by Jennifer Lively: Sarah Vowell’s latest work, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, published last fall, quickly found an audience among readers whose daily lives have been inundated with stories regarding the Founding Fathers. From the latest Broadway sensation, Hamilton, and talk of changing the face on the $20 bill, to patriotic bellows seeking to “make America great again,” the country’s revolutionary lore is seemingly at an all-time high.

by · 06/27/2016 · 1 comment · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:   Big Little Lies

REVIEW: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies, a novel by Liane Moriarty; Reviewed by Pamela Felton | Jane Chapman is a young, single mother moving into a new community with her inscrutable little boy, hoping to start a new life. She leaves behind a hurtful past full of secrets that eventually unravel in the novel as she is taken under the wings of her new friends, Madeline and Celeste. But her past is not the only thing that unravels.

by · 06/20/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews