Monday, February 24, 2014

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

What would you do if you came across a letter that your husband wrote that was only meant to be opened upon the event of his death?  After reading the letter, you see that your husband confesses to murdering a girlfriend when he was a teenager.  Cecelia Fitzpatrick is the character that has to deal with this dilemma.
Another character, Tess Curtis, who is an advertising executive, is told by her best friend and cousin, Felicity, that she is in love with her husband, Will.   Learn how Tess deals with this betrayal and how she tries to protect her preschool-aged son, Liam.

Rachel Crowley, a third main character of the book, is a widow.  Her daughter is the one who was strangled to death as a teenager.  Rachel suspects one of her daughter's old boyfriends is the murderer.  This old boyfriend happens to be the P.E. teacher at the school where Rachel works as the school secretary.

Ethics and morals are explored in this book that is currently ranked eighth on the New York Times Best Sellers list.  Are secrets meant to be uncovered or should they remain secrets? -Reviewed by Kim D.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook by Arthur Agatston, MD

Like the South Beach Diet, but need a gluten-free solution? This is that book for you. !75 recipes and not a scrap of wheat in the lot.

I scanned through the recipes and my mouth was watering before I finished. The ingredients don't appear to be too exotic. A few gluten alternative flours are all that's required outside of the ordinary kitchen supplies.

Kathi Linz

The New Tunisian Crochet: Comtemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions by Dora Ohrenstein

Tunisian crochet done in modern patterns. Pull out your afghan hook and make something spectacular.

Kathi Linz

Runaway Man by David Handler

Benji Golden is a private investigator who specializes in finding people, especially teen-agers.  He is twenty-five, but at just under 5’6” and less than 140 pounds, he could pass for one.  When he and his boss/mother, a former exotic-dancer, get a visit from an uptown lawyer wearing mink-lined shoes and looking for a missing college student, Benji is on the trail.  Not what it first appears, this mystery has links to college basketball and the favorite gubernatorial candidate of New York.  Reminiscent of a hard-boiled P.I. novel, except for the baby-faced P.I., Runaway Man is a fun read, with an ending that surprised this mystery reader!

This is the first book in a new series by the author of the Berger and Mitry Mysteries and the Stewart Hoag mysteries, which also feature his faithful basset hound, Lulu.  After really enjoying both series, this was not a disappointment!

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is a children's mystery about the theft of a painting by Vermeer called "A Lady Writing". Two children, Calder and Petra,attending a magnet school in the Chicago suburb of Hyde Park follow clues and "coincidental" hunches to try recovering not only the painting, but the strange disappearance of Tommy and his friend named Frog. Puzzles and patterns help them figure out the clues.
A teacher, Ms. Hussey, the children's neighbor, Mrs. Sharpe, Petra's father, and a bookstore owner, Mr. Watch, somehow figure in the mystery, but the children can't decide which side they are on until all the pieces start to fit together.

I picked all the wrong suspects before I finished reading this book. I'm betting you will, too.

Kathi Linz

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Saved My Life by John Kralik

Author John Kralik was heading downhill emotionally, physically, socially, and professionally. Relationships with family and friends were estranged. At one of his lowest moments he got an inspiration - a voice from nowhere, “Until you learn to be grateful for the things you have, you will not receive the things you want.” After a lot of thinking about his grandfather, who gave the same advice, John decided to change his ways and become more thankful.

John looked at the Christmas gift his son had sent to him. Their relationship was failing, mostly because John had been too busy for him. He realized his son had spent time thinking about what gift to get, and then spent time shopping, wrapping, mailing the gift. John had opened it thoughtlessly and gone on with his life. What would happen if he wrote a thank you note to his son?

He did. As you can imagine, the results were surprising to John. Not only did their relationship take an immediate turn for the better, but John felt really happy about what he had done. Happiness had been a stranger.

This event was just the beginning of a major up-swing in John's life. I won't spoil the story, but I will tell you he devised a plan of action that eventually led to many positive results in his life.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Two New Yarnies Books

Knitters, we have a new book for you entitled Warm Mittens and Socks: Dozens of Playful Patterns and Skillful Stitches to Knit, Crochet, and Embroider by Eva Trotzig.

I glanced through the book and found something that will make almost anybody happy. Warm hands and feet sound pretty good this winter.

Crocheters, this one's just for you. Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women's Heart Health by Laura Zander has 30 patterns for sweaters, hats, cowls, jackets, and other assorted goodies. Each pattern is shown in red, but can be worked in the color of your choice.

You can currently find both of these books in the New Book section.

Kathi Linz

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch by Haywood Smith

St. Martin's Press
C 2003

Ride along with Lin Breedlove Scott as she returns to her family home after she divorces her husband of thirty years.  Lin finds out that a lot of things have changed since her childhood.  Her uncle who has Alzheimer's is living with her aging parents as well as her brother who is a recovering alcoholic.  Lin ends up working at the local pharmacy/diner while also going to school to get her Realtor's license.  She becomes involved with her neighbor, a divorced pharmacist.  Lin also volunteers to help a friend with his campaign for mayor in order to "clean up" the town's corrupt politicians and cronies.  
A very interesting read about adapting to change and family dynamics, this book was recently discussed by the Fantastic Fiction group at the Seymour Library.-Kim D.