April, 2017 Book Reviews

For a lively change – hosted by Ramona & Jim.  Is it a Home?  or is it a Library?  OK, Maybe both….
Next meeting, back at Cheryl & Brenda’s – 2nd Monday in May, 5/8/2017 – at 6:30pm

Matt recommended a new documentary: Seven Up.

Jazz  by Toni Morrison
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Becky: A-
“So lyrical, I got lost in it.”
The Happiness Hypothesis  by Jonathan Haidt
Genre: How-To
Genre: Philosophical
Reviewed by Becky: A
“Amazing Insights”
The Year We Left Home  by Jean Thompson
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Brenda: A
The Midwife  by Jennifer Worth
Genre: History
Reviewed by Brenda: A
Tallgrass  by Sandra Dallas
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Reviewed by Brenda: D
Once in a Great City  by David Maraniss
Genre: History
Reviewed by Claudia: A
“All about Detroit”
One Man  by Andrew Gross
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Claudia: A
“Intense”
Cold Betrayal  by J. A. Jance
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Jaclyn: A
The Book of Indians  by Clancy Holling
Genre: History
Reviewed by Jaclyn: A+
Nickel & Dimed in America  by Barbara Ehrenreich
Genre: Political
Reviewed by Jaclyn: A+
“Working minimum wage around the US”
The Book on the Bookshelf  by Henry Petroski
Genre: History
Reviewed by Jim McK: A+
“Couldn’t put it down”
The Pencil  by Henry Petroski
Genre: History
Reviewed by Jim McK: A+
“The Story of Pencils!”
The Outsider  by Frederick Forsyth
Genre: Autobiographical
Reviewed by Joe C: A
“From/About the author of “The Day of the Jackal”
Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by Mark Sullivan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Joe C: A
“WWII story”
The Sociopath Next Door  by Martha Scott
Genre: Philosophical
Reviewed by Joe C: B
Tag Man  by Archer Mayor
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by John N: A
“A Joe Gunther Mystery”
A Man Named OVA  by Fredrik Backman
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by John N: A+
The Jungle Book  by Rudyard Kipling
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by John N: A+
New & Selected Poems  by Mary Oliver
Genre: Poetry
Reviewed by Kris: A+
The Hate U Give  by Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Kris: A+
The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life  by Karl Barth
Genre: Philosophical
Reviewed by Kris: D
“Karl Barth is the worst”
Is it All in Your Head  by Suzanne O’Sullivan
Genre: Science
Reviewed by Mary: A
“True Stories of Imaginary Illness”
The Liberal Redneck Manifesto  by Trae Crowder
Genre: Political
Reviewed by Mary: A-
The Wordy Shipmates  by Sarah Vowell
Genre: History
Reviewed by Mary: A+
The Art of the Deal  by Donald Trump
Genre: Autobiographical
Reviewed by Matt: C
“the Art of the Scam”
Black & Blue  by Anna Quindlen
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by Ramona: A
Remarkable Creatures  by Tracy Chevalier
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by Ramona: A