Book Reviews


Avedon: Something Personal
by Norma Stevens & Steven M.L. Aronson

You have to know a ton about Avedon to read this book. There are very few of his photographs to make reference too. I found the book FAR too long, unorganized and at some points even PRETENTIOUS. Yikes. However, I did learn a decent amount about Avedon’s early life and career. – Kristin

by Ann Hood

This was a nice, quick, slightly inspiring book about Hood’s obsession with books and how certain titles shaped her life.

Baker’s Secret
by Stephen P. Kiernan

If you have read all the popular books on WWII (Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, Book Thief, Sarah’s Key etc.) then this is the next title you should pick up. It is quick read but hard to put down. The writing isn’t anything to call home about, but still worth the read!

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
by Sherry Turkle

Wow. Just wow. Long and well researched. Lots to study and learn about the next generation and their habits and etiquette.

“My grandmother wanted me to understand that I could take out any book. But the books would be a secret between me and the library. No one had the right to know the list of books I read.”

Does this generation even understand what it is like to be offline? I think not.


Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen

Laugh out loud funny. Loved her first book and loving this one even more!


by Jodi Picoult
This is an Amazon Kindle Single Kindle in Motion book! Very cool! Looking forward to the novel!


The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

The title is taken from TuPac’s lyrics. I read this teen novel in two days. Tough subject but well done!

Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

After being so pleased with her last book We Should All Be Feminists, I figured this one would be great too. I did not realize these fifteen suggestions were meant for a mother of a new baby. I almost returned it to the library, but I thought it might be worth my time – and it was. Adichie encourages the new mother to combat gender roles and stereotypes with education & good communication. Packs a powerful punch for such a tiny book. This might be my new go-to baby shower gift!

Adulthood is a Myth
by Sarah Andersen

This book is hilarious. I think this book’s hilarity will ring true with a small group of weirdos like me. And you certainly HAVE to be a woman to get it. Thank you Sarah!

Crossing the Bamboo Bridge: Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl
by Mai Donohue

Here’s a great memoir that I could not put down! This woman is something else! Forced into marriage at age 14, Donohue’s dreams of reading and education were constantly squashed by her mother and society. This woman persisted and overcame so many obstacles. Do read!

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It
by Dr Josh Axe

This was good but some parts were just far too OUT THERE for me like the blurbl about fecal transplant. (If you have a faint heart, don’t Google it.) But he does have some interesting points about being an over-sanitized society! I listened to the audiobook, but they leave out lots of charts and resources at the end of the print book!

Curious: the Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It
by Ian Leslie

I knew I was going to like this book because the author begins by saying robots can’t replace
curious people. This was an interesting read!

Head-On: Stories of Alopecia
by DeeAnn Callis Graham

This is a must-read for anyone who has Alopecia, especially if you are just starting out with this auto-immune disease. Also a great resource for parents, family & friends of those with Alopecia.

DIY Succulents
by Tawni Daigle

Even if you don’t have the time to read it, check this book out just for the photos. Includes lots of projects most amateurs can tackle.

Britt Marie Was Here
by Fredrik Backman

Fans of A Man Called Ove will enjoy this novel. You don’t immediately fall in love with the main character Britt Marie since she’s rather quirky and odd. But in the end you will root for her and the cast of characters.


Fictitious Dishes
by Dinah Fried

Stumbled upon this at the library. What a great idea. RISD alum Dinah Fried chooses classic books and sets up these fictitious dishes and photographs them. VERY COOL!

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The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey

Fans of Palacio’s Wonder will enjoy this book. This is a children’s novel about a preteen named Shane, who in the beginning of the novel, we assume is a boy. Later in the book we learn he was born a girl. Throughout the book he faces some tough choices and shows his peers what it means to stay true to what you believe.


And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer & Longer
by Fredrik Backman

Fans of A Man Called Ove are sure to love Backman’s latest novella. This is a touching story about a grandfather and grandson. Get the tissues out!


Revenge of Analog
by David Sax

If you are anything like me, you are feeling totally overwhelmed by the pace of technology these days, and may be yearning for more analog things. If that is the case, then this book is for you. Sax makes some pretty strong arguments for analog devices like record players, photographic film and handwriting! He might just have you believing they are making a comeback!


by Sharon Creech

OBSESSED! This is a children’s chapter book. It’s the story of two young children whose family moves from the big city to small town Maine. The children meet their rather peculiar, elderly neighbor with whom they will eventually spend lots of time. At first they are frightened of her but soon they will learn how important she is and she (and her cow) will change their lives.


The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman

“I & Mr Strongrock are agents of a library which exists between alternate worlds. Our task is to collect books for the Library from all these worlds, to preserve them.”

Harry Potter fans may enjoy this 1st book of the Invisible Library series.
Our protagonist, librarian Irene, battles bad guys, vampires and all sorts of mythical creatures, in alternate universes to retrieve a very special book that belongs in a very special library. This is a quick, fun read.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

Here is one of those books you wish you’d known about sooner.
You can read this in 1-2 sittings!
Haddon’s novel is told from the point-of-view of Christopher John Francis Boone. It is obvious as you read along he has some form of autism. You will love him because he is honest and funny ( even though he doesn’t quite “get” funny.)  I do enjoy reading from other’s perspective and his is very interesting. Ride along as Boone tries to solve the murder of a dog and learns a WHOLE LOT about his family & his life!


by Jodi Picoult

Before you read this, please note this novel is available only in EBOOK form. Picoult released this short story as sort of an introduction to her novel coming out this Fall, calledSmall Great Things. In her normal “Picoult” fashion, we are introduced to the main character, Ruth, who is about to attend a prestigious school. She is a bright young lady who is expected to do well in school. But there is something that is setting her apart from the rest of the class: RACE. Picoult does not disappoint.


Keep Curious and Carry a Banana
by H.A. Rey
YES this is a book for adults.
This is a sweet little reminder of what life is really about – and that Curious George is still our favorite monkey!!


Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers

I recently booked a trip to NYC for my husband’s birthday.
I was watching a documentary about Tiffany’s called
“Crazy about Tiffany’s” and a reference was made to this book. The library copy I read was the 1989 edition. It was totally charming and some parts were laugh-out-loud funny.


Jim Henson: A Biography
by Brian Jay Jones

It took me a while to finish this. I wanted to read it slowly because it was so detailed. Jim Henson was a remarkable guy. I don’t want to put him too high on a pedestal, but we could learn a lot from him. While his ability to communicate his feelings and resolve conflict was not to be admired, his ideas about inspiring the world (and children) with his artistry was outstanding. I so enjoyed learning about his family and how his grandmother influenced his path to art. Just great!

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
by Nadia Hashimi

Outstanding. Just totally outstanding. Fans of Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns will love this one, perhaps even MORE.  I will be honest – I almost quit. I had a really hard time dealing with the way women/girls are treated in this book. I am glad I didn’t stop. These are some amazing people &  amazing stories. And who knows – perhaps they were inspired by true stories? We will never know.

How To Cook Everything (The Basics)
by Mark Bittman

This is a great cookbook for someone who is just learning out to cook! Bittman shows readers how to cut vegetables and and prepare food the right way. Lots of great color photographs!

Murder and the First Lady
by Elliot Roosevelt

This is book one of a murder mystery series staring first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. These are so fun and very easy to read. If you like this try the Capital Crime series by Margaret Truman

90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet
by Felice Cohen

Could you do it? Could you live in a 90 square foot apartment? This is a quick, easy read that you might find interesting!

The Girls Who Went Away
by Ann Fessler

This is a tough book to read, but it is worth it. This is the story of the young women who were sent away from home because they became pregnant out of wedlock. These women were forced to give their babies up for adoption and return to their regular lives without counseling or even talking to family or friends about what happened.

Museum: Behind the Scenes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Danny Danziger

If you love the Met or any art museum, then you’ll love this book. Each chapter tells the point of view of an array of staff from a curator to the janitor. Cool book!

Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then and Now
by Amanda Jones

Great photos of dogs when they were puppies and photos of them now. Enough said!