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WolfHallWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel  PR6063.A438W65

If you’re not up on your Reformation history, this book takes a bit of concentration and flipping back to the Cast of Character pages to keep all the players straight. But, keeping them straight is learning history, in this very absorbing and entertaining retelling of Thomas Cromwell’s life and intrigues in the court of Henry VIII. I am looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies. Here is an interesting interview with Hilary Mantel, provided by NPR’s Fresh Air. ~Cynthia

WomanStairsThe Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud  PS3563.E8134W66

 By the same author who wrote The Emperor’s Children, this book is a edgy portrait of a woman who want more control over her life, but is crippled by her anger at societal expectations and gender roles which seem to be passed on from generation to generation, no matter how aware and progressive each each woman is. Nora, the main character, is stifled by her lot in life, and begins to live vicariously through a family, who comes into her life with glimmers of desire. This is a tale of envy, betrayal, and self-loathing. A full hand, well played. ~Cynthia

Girl_Train The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  PR6108.A963G57

 This novel has gotten fairly good reviews. It is an interesting read. The main character is a women whose marriage has crumbled, and whose life is on the skids. She drinks, she threatens, she lies. But her biggest mistake is creating a fantasy life for two people she sees from her daily commuting train. Lessons to learn:  prejudging others based on limited knowledge is usually a bad idea, and living in the fog of booze is another. The ending of this book is a bit contrived, but I enjoyed it enough to read it through in one afternoon. This thriller will soon be coming to a movie theatrer near you.~Cynthia

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Children’s Books?

Mr. FoxFantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl CL DAH

When not reading SERIOUS WORKS OF LITERATURE I’m busy reading books to my children.  Fantastic Mr. Fox is good for kids transitioning to long-ish works of fiction or chapter books, but weird enough to make you question your parental decisions/keep you entertained.  I saw Wes Anderson’s adaptation of this prior to reading the book and as much as I like (love) Anderson, I like this far more than the film.  The story concerns a family of foxes as they try to survive the homicidal machinations of a trio of farmers.  The artwork is fantastic and wild too!  /JMS/

Vile Vvile verseserses by Roald Dahl YAL DAH

I read these poems to my kids prior to realizing that this collection is deemed young adult.  I got that sneaking suspicion when reading frightening poems about overdosing and being eaten by sharks, but thought “there’s a lesson here for kids of all ages (?)”.  So maybe you shouldn’t read these poems to little kids, but you (parents, older kids) will love them as they are macabre and bizarre and have really  nice artwork too.  Some of the poems are extracted from Dahl’s longer works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  /JMS/

Knuffle Bunny FreeKnuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems CL WIL

This is an honest to goodness children’s book and it’s evident through and through from the whimsical drawings (rendered over photographs) to the story about a little girl-Trixie-who loses her stuffed rabbit.  There are two other books in the series detailing Trixie early adventures with her rabbit, Knuffle Bunny.  Unlike those other two books this one made me cry.  I don’t know if my kids cried, but my wife and I cried.  We weren’t expecting that from a children’s book, so watch out for that.  /JMS/


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