Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Girl on Legare Street

The Girl on Legare Street is by Karen White. The second book in the Tradd House series. Melanie's long estranged mother has decided to move back to Charleston and buy the old family house she sold thirty years ago when she deserted Melanie and her father for a career in the opera. Of course, the family house is haunted and Melanie, Jack, and her friends must uncover an ancient family secret to pacify the family ghosts. Melanie's problems with Jack and an old flame, and her issues with her parents make things even more problematic. This series is a nice blend of Southern mystery and ghost story.

Ratings: Adult - 8 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity) - AC (some mature thematic content).

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion is by M.T. Anderson. This is a beautifully worked graphic novel retelling one of the more obscure of the Arthurian legends. Yvain goes off to seek adventure, kills a knight in a battle, marries his wife, and then leaves her to go on more adventures. This is one of the few legends in which strong women are main characters. The illustrations are exquisite. Boys and girls will enjoy this story.

Ratings: 7th grade - 10 out of 10.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mooncop

Mooncop is by Tom Gauld. This is a charming science fiction graphic novel about the last policeman on the moon. The moon has been colonized, but everyone is leaving. The last police officer continues his patrols even though there is nothing really to do. The beautifully drawn graphics in the book really make you feel the extent of his aloneness and wonder about how we would deal with similar feelings. A quick, but thoughtful, little book.

Ratings: 8th grade - 8 out of 10.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fup

Fup is by Jim Dodge. This short little novella is fantastic! This is the story of Grandaddy Jake, who believes the whiskey he brews keeps him immortal; Tiny, his grandson who comes to live with him after his mother's death; Lockjaw, a nasty old wild board; and Fup a mallard chick Tiny saves from Lockjaw and raises as part of the family. This story is laugh-out-loud funny, touching, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I can't recommend this novella strongly enough. It is definitely a Reader's Corner Highly Recommended read. READ THIS BOOK! Share it with all your friends.

Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - (P) profanity - AC (some mature thematic content).

The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street is by Karen White. The first book in the Tradd Street series. The story is set in Charleston, South Carolina, where family and status is all important. Melanie Middleton, is from an old Charleston family, but she is now working as a successful realtor. She also sees dead people. She unexpectedly inherits a run down mansion on historic Tradd street, complete with all its secrets and ghosts. Jack is a writer from another wealthy old Charleston family; he convinces Melanie he can help her solve the mystery surrounding her new home, but does he have ulterior motives. A quick and fun mystery with ghosts thrown in. If you like mysteries and ghosts this series will work for you.

Ratings: 11th grade - 8 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity) - AC (some mature thematic content).

Monday, April 24, 2017

So You've Been Publically Shamed

So You've Been Publically Shamed is by Jon Ronson. Wow, what a timely book. Ronson looks at individuals whose careers and lives have been devastated by social media. Some people lost their jobs and families, others committed suicide, and others managed to come out relatively unscathed. Ronson asks the very legitimate question, should we engage in public shaming on social media without having all the facts and with no concern for the ramifications of what we are doing once we hit send? Ronson also looks at the revenge wrought on those who "shamed" someone, as well as the person against whom the original post was directed. While a little dry at times, the book asks questions that need to be addressed. I will certainly think three or four times before posting anything online - and I'm not all that active on social media. This book does not encourage me to change that practice.

Ratings: Adult - 8 out of 10 - P (Profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear Went Over the Mountain is by William Kotzwinkle. Arthur Bramhall is a professor at the University of Maine, and he's just written a novel called Destiny and Desire which he hopes will be a bestseller. Because his first copy of the novel was destroyed in a fire, he hides it under a tree near his cabin while he goes to town to buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate. Hal Jam is a bear; he steals Arthur's novel and heads to New York where the book does indeed become a best-seller and Hal is vaulted to super stardom. This book is a hilarious farce about a bear who becomes a man and a man who becomes a bear. If you enjoyed Forrest Gump, Hal Jam will delight you. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Ratings: 11th grade - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).