That Night by Chevy Stevens

thatnA MUST READ – especially for mature teens, parents, adult family members, teachers, all other school personnel! I read extensively and enjoy many kinds of books. When I find an extraordinary book, I want to tell the world, so….Instead of a traditional review, ( doesn’t my intro give you my opinion?), I’d like to suggest that this book be added to reading lists for mature high school age students, and to book club lists for mature readers.  And, I would like to offer a set of discussion questions (nothing that will spoil the novel if you have read the jacket text):  At what point and why did you suspect who was guilty? Were you correct? If not, what misled you?  Who were your other suspects? Why?  When and why were you sure who was guilty? Were you correct? If not, what misled you?  How did you use profiling in making your decision?  What in Toni’s and Ryan’s behaviors ensured that they would be considered primary suspects?  Was there anything anyone could have done that might have prevented Nichole’s murder? Who were those people? When and how should / could they have intervened?  How do you feel about Toni’s mom’s reactions and behaviors throughout?  Toni’s dad’s?  What prompted your attitude towards Officer Hicks at each stage of his involvement?  What was your reaction to Toni’s behavior in prison? Did her behavior fit what you expected of her?  Whose behavior surprised you? When and how were you surprised?  What was your reaction to Stevens’ chapters alternating in time and place? Could this novel have been written differently and have achieved the same effect?  Although never named in any way, what was the recurring theme?  How is that treated in your community?  How have you and/or those you know acted regarding this?  Does That Night change your perception of how this should be handled or your participation in this? Cherry Hill Library patron AO

The Sisters Antipodes by Jane Alison

sistersanA beautifully written memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, is about two families, both with two daughters, whose parents switched partners and moved half way across the globe from each other.  Jane’s mother and new stepfather left their home in Australia with her and her sister and she would not see her father again for seven years. When her father returns to the states with his wife and two step-daughters everyone tries to pretend that everything is normal and that the children were left unscathed. As the girls struggle through their teen years and enter into adulthood they must each come to terms with their past and figure out how to be successful in their own lives.

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

bondgErin Duffy has written The Devil Wears Prada for Wall Street. Duffy, a ten year veteran of the street, writes about Alex, a recent UVA grad who gets a job in the bond market. She learns what it is like to work in a male dominated office right before, during and after the market crash of 2008. I was rooting for Alex the entire book to preserve and “make it” but in the end I think she made the best decision for her future that she could.

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick

laceEVERYTHING I wanted to know about knitting lace shawls, and other lace items, plus things I had no idea I needed to know about the entire process. Lovick demystifies the process of designing and producing these gossamer artifacts. Photo directory of all stitches; charts with verbal directions for all but most complex stitches. Includes how to use these patterns with non-lace yarns, and directions, including how to vary, for shawls: “wedding ring”/cobweb, shoulder, and crescent; hat & scarf; baby set; mitts; socks. I hope this stays a permanent item in our collection. Cherry Hill Library patron AO

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

firstphoneAnother good listen (or read!) from Mitch Albom. The First Phone Call from Heaven is the story of Coldwater, Michigan, a small town whose residents have been receiving phone calls from loved ones who have passed away. The national news picks up the story and soon people are flooding to the small town to see if their loved ones will call- but is it really people calling from heaven? Are people lying? Listen or read to find out!

David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

davidgGladwell (the author) narrates the audio version of David and Goliath, which is a study of how the underdogs usually win. Gladwell looks at a variety of topics including why science majors at Ivy League schools don’t succeed in science, how to control crime by being nice and why bigger class sizes are better than smaller ones. This audio book made me want to stay in the car long after I pulled in the driveway.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell (who writes both young adult and adult fiction) is the story of a working mother (Georgie) and a stay at home dad (Neal) who have hit a rough patch in their marriage but are reconnected through an old landline telephone in Georgie’s childhood room. A great read that reminds us all that sometimes we need to remember why we fell in love in the first place.

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