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Exercising Their Minds: Twelve More Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants

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By Shaileen B.

Here are a dozen more great reviews from participants in the “Exercise Your Mind. Read!” program:

The Forbidden WishAnna S. (Central Library) on The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: Even though the book is considered a Young Adult read it is truly a tale for anyone who loves a fairy tale. Khoury took the classic tale of Aladdin and turned it on its head. Everything from a female jinn to a band of female warriors is used to show us real love is not easy but has a power of its own.

Dominic F. (Central Library) on Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich: Another great read from a master of suspense and intrigue. Very real possibilities of misuse of modern technology are explored in this amazing thriller.

Veronica A. (Central Library) on The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: Vibrantly detailed and rich historical novel about a family of witches in New Orleans. Lush details and complex characters pull you in.

A Mother's ReckoningAlexandra P. (Central Library) on A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold: Powerful and moving, this book forces you to have empathy and compassion for those we have considered the worst. It took a lot of courage for Sue to share her story and I know that this book will stay with me for a long time.

Kristen S. (Central Library) on At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier: Such a satisfying read! A lovely book by a wonderful storyteller.

Cherlane H. (Central Library) on Mama B. A Time to Speak by Michelle Stimpson: ...Mama B is spiritual and tactful, funny and most of all honest. She reaches in her old-school-charm bag of reasoning and pulls out sensible and biblical strategies that will take you on a walk with her as she journeys through present day problems: How to deal with a granddaughter who comes to visit (but really needs a place to stay) who has her little son in tow. How to let God help you sit through new church leadership while you struggle with their views on how to run a ministry. And best of all being truthful with your own motives, and not-so-godly attitude while going through your trials. These are the makings of a short but fun read...

Maribeth W. (Hampden Branch) on The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe: This is a story of a grandmother who is trying to renew the bonds between three half-sisters who have led very different lives. She invites them for one last summer at her beach house they came to as little girls, hoping the girls can also heal and figure out how to move forward in their lives.

How To Make Your Money LastMichael D. (Light Street Branch) on How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn: ...Everyone within five years of retirement and older needs to read this book. Well organized, well indexed, easy to read about all of the topics that are of interest for planning and surviving your retirement. ...Discussion of how to plan your budget, obtain needed cash in retirement and how to select or qualify a retirement location are in the book. Also clear discussion of annuities, when to take Social Security and impact on spouse and children. JBQ has done us all a great service.

Mona P. (Light Street Branch) on The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman: This story was transforming. I felt like I was in St. Thomas smelling the flowers and hearing the ocean. I loved the characters and found them to be very real. I hope to see some of Pissarro's paintings soon. I think there are some at The Walters.

Free FireScott S. (Light Street Branch) on Free Fire by C. J. Box: The best of this genre are the ones with interesting crimes and a lot of historical / socio-cultural context. John D. MacDonald with Travis McGee had a knack for this. C. J. Box with Joe Pickett in Wyoming has picked up on this as well. In this novel, there’s a lot of information about Yellowstone National Park ranging from the nature of hot springs to jurisdiction over events in the parkland itself. Yes, it’s an airplane read but I liked it.

Kim S. (Mobile Library Services) on The Escape by David Baldacci: Great plot with lots of twists and turns. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Lara S. (Roland Park Branch) on Peaks on the Horizon by Charlie Carroll: I believe this is probably one of the most intrinsically valuable travelogue books I have read in recent history, or even at all. ...I found the research and information that Carroll provided in the development of his part of the story to be enlightening and far more in depth than you would get in many of our textbooks or understanding of the culture...

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