Posts from the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

The Notebook Girls: Four Friends, One Diary, Real Life by Julia Baskin, et al.

This is a true diary, shared by four girls who were in high school in NYC and witnessed the September 11 attacks.  They also documented their daily struggles; such as crushes, parties, drugs, homework, family life, etc.

I really enjoyed it.  It was a difficult read emotionally at times, especially around the Sept. 11 attacks.  Having been a teen girl myself many years ago, I could easily relate to some of the angst that they were going through.  It was also an eye-opening account of experiences of an urban high school setting, which I did not experience myself.

Overall, a very good read.  Very blunt, in their own words, uncensored, with drawings and photos. I would recommend for almost anyone not afraid to relive the stress of high school, but this time at your own pace.

Reviewed by: Angie

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The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

This book also came with “Standing Small: A Celebration of Thirty Years of the LEGO Minifigure” by Nevin Martell.   That particular book gave us the history of the different LEGO characters; from generic people about town, to specialized characters, such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.

It was interesting to read about the history of LEGOS, both the building blocks, and the company that created it.  There were plenty of photographs of different sets, and it was amazing to me how they had changed over the years.  As I had grown up in a LEGO household, it was a trip down memory lane.  It was also fascinating to see what they are still doing, for babies all the way up to the technically challenging.  Of course what LEGO book would be complete with behind the scenes photographs and info on the Legoland amusement parks?

It’s a very easy to read, fun, engaging book.  Perfect for a summer vacation break.

Reviewed by: Angie

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron

On the coldest night of the year  in Iowa, the librarian of the local library in Spencer, Vicki, discovered a small surprise.  Someone had placed a tiny, cold and frostbitten kitten in the bookdrop.

This is the story of how Dewey Readmore Books came to belong to not only the library patrons, but a whole community.  He endeared himself to both young and old alike.  He not only survived his long, lonely night, but thrived with his new friends at the library.

I usually avoid animal stories because they usually end the same, sad way, but I could not resist this one.

Possible Spoilers:

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Prepare yourself with a box of tissues by your side as you read.  This heartwrenching book will grab a hold of you right from the start, and not let you stop until you finish the book.  The ending is inevitable, but even though I knew what was coming, I still couldn’t stop the tears.

As an epilogue, the library board has since decided not to have any more cats, at least for the time being.  Vicki Myron has retired.

Reviewed by: Angie

Unexpected Blessings by Roxanne Black

 

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“I laughed, I cried – a must read for anyone suffering from a chronic illness or who knows someone who has one.  

Unlike most other books written from a more clinical perspective, the author shows us the emotional side of living life with a disease for which there is no cure, along with all the associated ups and downs. The author presents her experiences in a very positive, upbeat manner despite bumps along the way – you’ll be blessed by reading it!”

Review by Mary

A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton

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 “A Backward Glance” is Edith Wharton’s autobiography beginning with her younger years and ending just before its publication in 1933.  This book is filled with wonderful descriptions of the life and times of one of America’s literary giants during the Guilded Age.  Follow Edith Wharton as she matures amidst the wealth of New York and European Society, rubbing shoulders with many famous personages of that time.

Review by Claudia.

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

“Testament of Youth” is an autobiographical coming of age story about a young woman, whose idealistic views of life and the future were shattered by the deaths of her fiancee, brother and dear friend during the first world war.  She became a writer, feminist and great supporter of antiwar causes.  “Testament of Youth” is her most well known work.

Review by Claudia.