Elementary, My Dear Reader! Reviews From The Adult Summer Reading Program

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By Shaileen B.

The game is afoot! Ever since the start of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, "Literary Elements," participants have tracked down all sorts of exciting reads. Here are some reviews:

Storm SwordsTaylor M. (Central Library) on A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin: "As a big fan of The Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, I wholeheartedly recommend the third book in this awesome series to any diehard fan of fantasy. It has everything you'd expect in a fantasy series -- wars, magical elements, the constant struggle of good and evil, and then some."

Kristen S. (Central Library) on Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding: “A truly lovely addition to the Bridget Jones story. It read like a movie, in the best way possible.”

Erica M. (Forest Park Branch) on Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster: "It is entertaining and suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. It was so good that I finished reading this book in a day."

Catherine E. (Govans Branch) on Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen: "This is a wonderful, gentle, heartwarming book...without being one bit sentimental or formulaic. This story of a 60-year-young woman who finds and unwittingly fashions a new version of herself while gaining insights of her past along the way. Beautiful vignettes of all phases of life."

Ronald B. (Hamilton Branch) on Manhunt by James. L. Swanson:
“A good, in-depth look at the search for John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination. Well written and very engrossing.”

Cassandra M. (Hampden Branch) on The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr:
“You must be in love with perfume to read this book. It also helps to have an understanding of and interest in chemistry. For us perfume aficionados, it's a book that should be in our repertoire.”

Susan W. (Herring Road Branch) on The Chitlin' Circuit : And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll by Preston Lauerbach: "Anecdotal account of early rock and roll performers in Black America, their trials and tribulations."

Sacré BleuScott S. (Light Street Branch) on Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore: "A story that started out to be about the color blue... Interesting perspective of Parisian painters around the Impressionist period and the neighborhood they frequented. In the end, I'm not sure I bought the character of the 'colorman' as a plot device, but that's a minor quibble when the author's able to put me on the streets of Montmartre. The view is quite clear even now."

Benia C. (Northwood Branch) on The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore: “A great read, definitely one of my new favorite authors. Moore weaved a fantastic story and created realistic, lovely characters that I want to hear more about. One of my favorite themes is friendship and this book definitely stretches the limitless bounds of true friendship and sisterhood. I can't wait to hear more from Moore.”

Frances M. (Pennsylvania Avenue Branch) on On the Right Track by Marion Jones: "Inspirational....I was glad to see Marion get On Track and I read the book in one sitting. Check it out... you will relate to this tale if you have every fought against all odds and kept the Faith.

Masika M. (Reisterstown Road Branch) on Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward:
"This is the story of boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. And you can guess the rest...except 'boy' is a vampire and 'girl' is a human. And no, this is not that other famous vampire human love story - this one is for adults. It's a story of overcoming the odds and finding the one who made you whole. I love this series!”

When You Are Engulfed In FlamesMaureen O. (Roland Park Branch) on When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris: “I will read anything by David Sedaris. His humor is sarcastic, intellectual, yet reflective and hilarious. This is one of his best books to date, sharing with us his dental visits in France to his fond affection for a pet spider. This is a book which I truly enjoyed and I look forward to listening to on my iPod while exercising -- one of the only things which could get me to sweat!”

Laura M. (Roland Park Branch) on Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach: "Fascinating review of scientific and not so scientific sexuality research. Mary Roach is very funny! This is no Fifty Shades of Grey, but talking about Bonk led to some fun with my husband!"

Kayris W. (Southeast Anchor Library) on Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos by Simon Tofield: “We adopted a kitten in the past year, and Tofield gets it just right. Cute drawings that made me laugh!”

Angela L. (Washington Village Branch) on Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire: “This was a new take on the classic ghost story from the ghost's perspective.”

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