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Summer Time is Reading Time….

bookclub The library’s three book clubs will be discussing some great books this summer. If you love books and enjoy talking about them, join us for some lively discussions. The books which will be discussed are: Beautiful Ruins, Noah’s Compass, World Without You, Burgess Boys, Life after Life, Foreign Bodies and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. For a listing of which books will be read by each group go to the JJML Newsletter calendar: http://www.johnjermain.org/news_images/newsp2.pdf
The Morning Book Club meets at 11 a.m. August 13th; Evening Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m. July 16th and August 20th; Early Risers Book Club meets at 9:00 a.m. July 24th and August 28th. Call Pat for details. 725-0049 ext. 227
Or, if you prefer to discuss your own personal favorites with other book lovers, come to our BOOKS & BAGELS program. Have breakfast with us Fridays at 9 a.m. Each Friday morning we’ll gather to discuss books from one of five categories: Mysteries, Contemporary Fiction, Classics, Creative Non-Fiction and Local Authors. We’ll provide beverages and treats – you’ll provide conversation. The schedule is as follows: FRIDAYS at 9:00 am – - July 25 – Mysteries; August 1 – Contemporary Fiction; August 8 – Classics; August 15 – Creative Non-Fiction; August 22 – Local Authors. Drop-ins always welcome. For more information call Pat: 725-0049 ext. 227 or Sue: 725-0049 ext. 232.


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Louis Zamperini – Olympian and World War II Hero

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Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini died this week at the age of 97. He is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best seller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.” His remarkable story will also be told in the film “Unbroken” which will be released in December.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/arts/louis-zamperini-olympian-war-survivor-unbroken-dies.html


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The Lost Sisterhood, by Anne Fortier

The Lost Sisterhood, by Anne Fortier

The Lost Sisterhood, by Anne Fortier

The Lost Sisterhood is a dual narrative that combines a modern day archaeological adventure/mystery with the origins of the Amazonian myth.  Slightly reminiscent of Indiana Jones, this story includes travel, intrigue, adventure and myth.  However, none of it seems too fast paced or outlandish.  The writing seems to temper the possibility of excessive excitement.  The author includes scenes that would play out well in an action movie, but it never seems over-the-top.  The characters are moderate in their emotions in the midst of life threatening situations.  Possibly more character development is needed to make the story that much more delicious?  It is an enjoyable story and a great way to re-imagine the Amazons.


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Wander the streets of New York without leaving your beach chair

busystreet When it’s just too hot to travel but you feel like exploring, check out some of our new non-fiction about the Big Apple: My old neighborhood remembered: a memoir by Avery Corman, Gotham unbound: the ecological history of greater New York by Theodore Steinberg, Supreme City: how jazz age Manhattan gave birth to modern America by Donald Miller, The New York nobody knows: walking 6,000 miles in the city by William B. Helmreich, Harlem nocturne: women artists & progressive politics during World War II by Farah Jasmine Griffin. Some novels that take place in or around New York include: Terminal City by Linda Fairstein, Missing You by Harlan Coben, Delicious by Ruth Reichl, Concealed in death by J.D. Robb, Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman and Invisible City by Julia Dahl.sunset


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Jeffery Deaver kept his fans waiting…..

deaver Fans of Jeffery Deaver had to wait 17 years for the direct sequel to The Bone Collector. Deaver’s new book The Skin Collector is the 12th novel in the popular Lincoln Rhyme series. The Bone Collector was made into a movie in 1999 which starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. In The Skin Collector Deaver finally resolves part of an open subplot from the The Bone Collector so fans can finally rest easy.


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Bossypants, by Tina Fey

I listened to the audiobook version of Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey.  It was illuminating to hear her actual voice as she intends people to hear her writing.  I don’t thinkBossypants, by Tina Fey my inner imaginings of it, as a reader, would have done the book justice and I probably would have missed the nuances in her sense of humor.  Listening to humorous stories about her early family life, high school,  college, and early career was entertaining and enjoyable.   I felt it became a little tired when she started to visit the scenes at 30 Rock.  I am an avid fan of 30 Rock, and have seen a good amount of the footage that she described, so it felt repetitive to me to revisit that ground.  Overall, it was an interesting peak into Tina Fey’s life and philosophy.

 

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