Rave Reviewed – June

On June 6 we had a lovely Rave Reviews session at the Central Branch of the Windsor Public Library where we were lucky enough to see some new faces and enjoy lively conversation about some great reads.

This month my book review choices were a bit eclectic and half were non-fiction. Jodie brought in some lovely light novels any one of which would be an excellent summer read.

Jodie’s Picks:

Recipes for Love and Murder: a Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew

Take a journalist food writer turned advice columnist…add a murder after domestic violence and a pinch of humour in the investigation…and eat up this delicious debut novel.  Fans of Evanovich’s Plum character will adore this South African gem.

The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

What would it be like to die young and hover over your young family as they go through the stages of grief before moving on?  This debut British novel will give you the answer in a not-so-dark way (really!).

What We Find by Robyn Carr

First in a new series, this story tells of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to find the happiness she’s long been missing.

The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

“[The Flood Girls] includes barfights and AA meetings, a parade, a wedding, and a black bear, all of which Fifield juggles beautifully…The Wild West earns its name all over again in this lovable chronicle of small-town insanity.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Both a quick-paced read and a slow meditation, this debut novel tells of memory and forgetfulness, grief and letting go, and a mother’s instinct to protect their children.

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer

Family bonds, dynamics, and birth order roles are explored in this story that dares to explain how childhood experiences can affect adult identities.

Kate’s Picks:

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

I read everything John Irving writes so I was very excited when Avenue of Mysteries came out. Kirkus calls it “Sex, drugs, and mariachi” and the novel reflects Irving’s unique voice while telling a wholly new story; his second in a row not featuring bears. It’s not Irving’s best  — I’d reserve that distinction for A Prayer for Owen Meaney — but it’s a beautiful read and I savoured it not knowing when he’s publish again next.

Yes, Please (non-fiction) by Amy Poehler

I enjoyed this as an audio-book not only is Poehler’s reading hilarious but the book includes amazing reading’s by Amy’s real-life parents, and an excellent group of celebrity readers including Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, and Kathleen Turner.

A Curious Man: the Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe it or not” Ripley (non-fiction) by Neal Thompson

After watching a short documentary on Robert Ripley I was fascinated to find out more about his life and the surprising path to the Ripley Odditorium.

How to be Single: A Novel by Liz Tuccillo

A cute little summer read. I read this one because I knew the film was coming out and I wanted to read the book first. Of course, we have copies of the DVD at the WPL in case I’m not the only Rebel Wilson fan.

We’re taking a break for the summer but Jodie and I will be back with Rave Reviews in the fall. Please note that we’ve changed the time and day of the week and will now be holding Rave Reviews on the first Wednesday of the Month at 2:00 pm. Our next Rave Reviews Session will be Wednesday, September 7th and 2:00 pm at the Central Library in the Fred Israel Auditorium. Registration is not required but if you have any questions please feel free to call 519-255-6770 x. 4434 and ask to speak to Kate or Jodie. We hope to see you there!


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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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