Winter Reading Reviews

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher MooreA Castle in the Backyard by Betsy DraineThe Bitter Woods by John S. EisenhowerCut to the Bone by Jefferson BassHazardous Duty by W.E.B. GriffinThe Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

What are your fellow readers reading?   Participants in our Winter Reading Program told us.  Here's their thoughts on the books they've read.  You'll find more recommended books on the second floor at the library.  Look for the display.

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
Funny.  Integrates the lives of town folk brilliantly .  The Lizard is funny.

The Space Book : from the beginning to the end of time, 250 milestones in the history of space & astronomy by Tim Bell
Text on one page tells the year of the discovery, while the opposite page shows colorfully the object discussed in this up-to-date book on astronomy

It Happens in the Dark by Carol O'Connell
An audience member dies of natural causes on the opening night of a Broadway play.  The second night, the playwright is found front row center with his throat cut.  Detective Kathy Mallory, the unlikeable sociopath, heads the investigation.  White she attempts to find the murderer, more die.  Eleventh in the series.

A Castle in the Backyard: the dream of a house in France by Betsy Draine
Fun book with plenty of description about a couple who buys a small stone cottage in the south of France.  Where are they from?  Madison, Wisconsin!

Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
Interesting pyschological study with good character development

The Bitter Woods by John S. Eisenhower
Well written book of one of the war's biggest battles.  Easy to follow the details.  Great bio sketches of war's main leaders.

The Hanging by Lotte & Soren Hammer
Jacket says "A Thriller."  I say "Weird."

Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass
Informative with detail on the human skeleton, pioneering research and a glimpse into forensic psychology.  Shocking, edge-of-your-seat read.

Charmer: true story of a ladies' man and his victims by Jack Olsen
Odd!  And there is nothing else to say.

Mother, Daughter, Me: a memoir by Katie Hafner
A story of a relationship repair in progress between an alcholic mother, her daughter and her grandchild.

Hazardous Duty by W.E.B. Griffin
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Castello is the star of the book.  The U.S. is having problems with drug people in Mexico.  The President wants the problem to go away so he orders Colonel Castello back to active duty to take care of the problem.  With the Colonel's wedding coming up fast a lot of people are involved.  Another good book by Mr. Griffin.

The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey
The setting is the South in the 50's, such a time for change!  Betty Hughes is raising her spirited daughter Billie just fine on her own.  But then the unthinkable happens.  She's dying of cancer.  But who is going to raise that beautiful 10 year old!  Through some incredible twists and turns regarding who Billie's father REALLY is, we see the heartache and pain that segregation caused ordinary families.