Rave Reviewed!

We had another great Rave Reviews meeting this month and, with next month’s meeting right around the corner (we’ll be meeting on Monday, June 6th at 2:30pm), I figured it was time to post May’s picks.

Jodie and I brought in a wide variety of books this month and I think there’s something for just about every reader.

Kate’s Picks:

Things no one will tell Fat GirlsJess Baker (non-fiction)

Jess Baker of the Militant Baker offers a hilarious take on bodies that is a must-read for anyone who’s struggled with body image or loved someone who has. The book has some therapeutic benefits but is, above all, uproariously funny. The “Fat People Do All the Things Challenge” was among my favourite recurring bits and Baker’s blog covers her attempting to do each and every list item.

The GrownupGillian Flynn (single short story)

A short-story by the author of Gone Girl that somehow manages to condense the suspense of an entire Flynn novel into a few short pages. The story is gripping and best enjoyed in one sitting.

Note: this story was originally published as “What do you do?” in the collection Rogues.

Being Moral: Medicine And What Matters In The End –  Atul Gawande (non-fiction)

A medical doctor’s take on death, dying, and the conversations we should all be having with our families sooner than we think. Conversations based on the advice in this book prompted my family to change the subject; repeatedly.

The Crooked HouseChristobel Kent

The kind of dark and suspenseful tale where you know something is wrong but not what. Twists until the very end kept me from doing anything else until I had finished this book.

Furiously HappyJenny Lawson  (Non-Fiction)

A surprisingly funny take on the serious issue of mental illness. Lawson’s self-deprecating humour is — somehow — perfect for the difficult subject matter.

When to Rob a Bank– Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (Non-Fiction)

Dubner and Levitt of Freakonomics fame bring a bunch of unrelated observations together in a surprisingly funny read. Die-hard Freakonomics fans will love the book as well anyone who enjoys trivia and good story-telling.

The Day She Died Catriona McPherson

A lonely young woman with a strange and crippling phobia befriends a young father on the day his wife dies. Nail-biting suspense ensues.

Jodie’s Picks:

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Humorous sketches about friends, diets, movies, dogs, cats, Bradley Cooper, boyfriends, fitbits, subways, ponies, and a whole list of other topics.

Keep Me PostedLisa Beazley

A tale of two sisters keeping each other posted via good ole’ snail-mail…until digital archiving in a cloud space goes horribly wrong!

Under the InfluenceJoyce Maynard

A single mom who loses custody of her son based on a DUI charge finds herself “Under the Influence” of something else completely.

The Wednesday GroupSylvia True

A young psychologist trying to make her stamp in the field develops a support group for wives of sex addicts; follow their journeys through the tricky pitfalls of living with an addict.

The Sound of GlassKaren White

An inherited beach house in South Carolina surrounded by beach-glass wind-chimes becomes both a haven and a curse to two widows who end up inhabiting it; do the characters or the house hold all the secrets?

I hope you enjoyed our May Rave Reviews picks. We’ll be meeting again on Monday, June 6th at 2:30pm at the Central Library in the Fred Isreal Auditorium. All are welcome and registration is not required. If you have any questions please feel free to call Kate or Jodie at 519-255-6770 x. 4434.

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Miss Kate is a Public Service Librarian and has been with the Windsor Public Library since 2010. She's passionate about music, children's programming, book clubs, literacy, reference services, blogging, and libraries in general!

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