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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Patron Book Reviews: February 2016

Book Reviews provided by EPL patrons

The History of Great Things by Elizabeth Crane (expected publication April 5, 2016)
Author and her deceased mother tell each other's life - not true versions, but rather "untrue but could've been true." Very meta-fictional at times, also sometimes hard-ish to keep track of the the voices, but worth the effort. I didn't really embrace either narrator as a person.

There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow by Jeffrey Selingo
A very good book that every kid should read but only parents will.

You're Better than Me: a Memoir by Bonnie McFarlane
Her attempts to document her rise as a professional comedian. Would've enjoyed more about her youth on a (northern!!!) Alberta farm.

The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family
by Gail Lumet Buckley

Sadly, although the subject should be very interesting, the author rendered it near-lifeless. She seems unable to exclude any datum her research turned up, resulting in a string of facts rather than a narrative of life.

The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic
by Michael Sims
A charming story about the man who wrote (perhaps) the best children's book ever. E.B. White (Audy) was a shy, quiet, introverted, gentleman farmer who loved animals and had a knack for writing. The last third of the book caused me to buy a copy of Charlotte's Web and enjoy what Sims wrote to what White wrote.

Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
I don't kow who I like better in this book -- the animals or the people!! The author incorporates animals into her story and the result is pure delight! I will read this book again, or maybe listen to it next time.

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