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G757 Book Review of sensing light by Mark A Jacobson

Name of Book: Sensing Light

Author: Mark A Jacobson

ISBN: 978-1-61243-570-1

Publisher: Ulysses Press

Type of book: AIDS/HIV, discovery, 1979-1991, death, family, friendship, doctor, medical life, San Francisco, homosexuality, life, quality time, surviving, patients, quality of life

Year it was published: 2016




This breakout book by Mark A. Jacobson, a leading Bay Area HIV/AIDS physician, follows three people from vastly different backgrounds, who are thrown together by a shared urgency to find out what is killing so many men in the prime of their lives. Kevin, a gay medical resident from working class Boston, has moved to San Francisco in search of acceptance of his sexual identity. Herb, a middle-aged supervising physician at …

G773 Book Review of come next spring by Alana white

Name of Book: Come Next Spring

Author: Alana White

ISBN: 978-1-504034234

Publisher: Open Road Distribution

Type of book: Tennessee Smoky Mountains, 1949-1950, community, friendship, classicism, literature, Gone with the Wind, families, horses, strangers, welcoming, outsiders, insiders, city, country

Year it was published: 1990


It’s 1949 in Tennessee Smoky Mountain country, and everything in pre-teen Salina’s life seems suddenly different. Her sister is engaged, her brother is absorbed in caring for his sickly foal, and salina feels she has nothing in common anymore with her best friend. This novel for young people captures the insular spirit of the mountain people, the breathtaking country itself, and a girl’s struggle to accept the inevitability of change.


Main characters include Salina, a twelve year old red-headed precocious reader who believes in a happily ever after for Scarlett and Rhett. She has an older sister, Mary, an older brother and a younger brother. For me…

G776 Mamaleh knows best what Jewish mothers do to raise successful, creative empathetic independent children

Title of the book: Mamaleh knows best what Jewish mothers do to raise successful, creative empathetic independent children

Author: Marjorie Ingall

Publisher: Harmony Books

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-8041-4141-3


We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother: Hectoring, guilt-inducing, clingy as a limpet. In Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall smashes this tired trope with a hammer.

Blending personal anecdotes, humor, historical texts, and scientific research, Ingall shares Jewish secrets for raising self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children. She offers abundant examples showing how Jewish mothers have nurtured their children’s independence, fostered discipline, urged a healthy distrust of authority, consciously cultivated geekiness and kindness, stressed education, and maintained a sense of humor. These time-tested strategies are the reason Jews have triumphed in a wide variety of settings and fields over the vast span of history.


G751 When Johnny doesn't come marching home; a compelling human interest story about a 20 year old boy's search for adventure in World War I

Title of the book:When Johnny doesn't come marching home; a compelling human interest story about a 20 year old boy's search for adventure in World War I

Author: Marian Small

Publisher: Friesen Press

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 9781460286760


In 2017, the United States of America will be celebrating the Centennial of World War I. 1st Sergeant JOHN RUSSELL SMALL was a Veteran of that War. This is a true account of his experiences before, during and after the War, as written by his daughter, MARIAN SMALL, who set out at the age of 89 years to tell the story of a 20 year old boy whose love of adventure took him in 1916 to the Texas/Mexican border to join Brigadier-General John J. Pershing in the pursuit of Pancho Villa, the Mexican bandit, and then in 1918 to the trenches in France and No Man’s Land.

At her Dad’s death in 1978, Marian inherited his collection of memorabilia which dates back 100 years to the time of his enlistment in the Ohio National Guard in 1916. Included we…

G754 Book Review of the kept woman by Karin Slaughter

Name of Book: The Kept Woman

Author: Karin Slaughter

ISBN: 978-0-06-243021-2

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Mystery, thriller, drugs, foster houses, secret child, secrets, relationships, mother/daughter, mentors, Georgia, Atlanta, glamour, high life

Year it was published: 2016


Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that t…

G758 Book Review of wild girls by Erica Abeel

Name of Book: Wild Girls

Author: Erica Abeel

ISBN: 978-1-68003-103-4

Publisher: Texas Review Press

Type of book: 1950s-1990s, marriage, Allen Ginsburg, friendship, unconventional choices, Paris France, university, noveau-rich, old money, homosexuality, hidden secrets, artists, secret crushes, settling for second best, blossoming, stages, cheating

Year it was published: 2016


Three college friends from the 50s blaze their own path in love and work, braving the stifling conventions of the age, and anticipating the social thaw that would arrive ten years later. These “wild girls” pay heavy penalties for living against the grain, but, over the years, rebound and re-set their course, drawing strength from their friendship. The novel follows them from an elite northeastern college, to Paris with Allen Ginsberg, to New York’s avant-garde scene in the early sixties, to a mansion in Newport, to the slopes of Zermatt, to Long Island’s Gold Coast, as it celebrates the nimbleness and vitality o…

G763 Book Review of the tea planter's wife by Dinah Jeffries

Name of Book: The Tea Planter's Wife

Author: Dinah Jeffries

ISBN: 978-0-451-49597-6

Publisher: Crown

Type of book: Ceylon, England, America, tea plantation, 1913, 1925-1934, secrets, Sinhalese, Tamil, workers, wills, first marriages, Great Depression, childhood, manipulation, blackmail

Year it was published: 2015


In this lush, sexy, atmospheric page-turner, a young Englishwoman, 19-year-old Gwendolyn, marries a rich and seductively mysterious widower, Laurence Hooper, after a whirlwind romance in London. When she joins him at his Ceylon tea plantation, she's certain she'll be the perfect wife and, someday, mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbors, and her new sister-in-law, treacherous. Gwen finds herself drawn to a Singhalese man of questionable intentions and worries about the propriety of her husband's connection to an American widow. But most troubling are the terrible secrets in Laurence's pas…

October 2016

Wild girls- Erica Abeel
SR: September 21st 2016
FR: October 5th 2016
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
Roma Amor- Sherry Christie
SR: October 1st 2016
The autobiography of Henry VIII- Margaret George
SR: September 21st 2016
The tea planter's wife- Dinah Jeffries
SR: September 21st 2016
FR: October 1st, 2016
Save the last dance- Eric Joseph, Eva Ungar Grudin
SR: October 26th 2016
Revenants- Scott Kauffman
SR: August 8th 2016
FR: October 20th 2016
The boy who wanted wings- James Conroyd Martin
SR: October 5th 2016
The claws of the cat - Susan Spann
SR: September 4th 2016
Come Next Spring- Alana White
SR: October 15th 2016
FR: October 21st 2016
Rina- Kang young-sook
SR: October 24th 2016

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
The can't-idates; running for president when nobody knows your name- Craig Tomashoff
SR: September 22nd 2016
FR: October 28th 2016
When Johnny doesn't come marching home-…