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Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Deep Zone

The Deep ZoneBook Title: The Deep Zone

Author: James M. Tabor

Review: Exciting action from beginning to end. Hallie and Team go to a cave in Mexico to find a rare antibiotic that will help prevent an epidemic that is killing soldiers in Afghanistan. Some of the team members die mysteriously in the cave. A member of the team is a traitor but even with narcotraficantes and federales all ends well after a battle outside the cave. The return to civilization and use of the antibiotic saves the day.

Reviewed by: Ursula S.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Promise of a Pencil

The Promise of a Pencil Book Title: The Promise of a Pencil

Author: Adam Braun

Review: Adam Braun takes readers on a cross continent journey to discover himself and to challenge his notion of what purpose, success, and accomplishment truly are. Unfulfilled by society’s definition, Braun gives up his uber successful job at Bain and Company to start Pencils of Promise, a not-for-profit (or “for-purpose” as he calls it) organization to build schools in impoverished countries around the world. With an initial deposit of only $25, Braun propels the organization into a movement that to date has built more than 200 schools in less than five years, with no end in sight. An easy, inspirational read that I highly recommend.

Reviewed by: Melissa B.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: A Room Full of Bones

A Room Full of Bones Book Title: A Room Full of Bones

Author: Elly Griffiths

Review: This book is an easy read. It is a mystery that deals with archaeology. I have a better understanding of this science and the work of an archaeologist as a result of reading this book.

Reviewed by: Dottie H.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Vintage

Vintage Book Title: Vintage

Author: Susan Gloss

Review: Vintage is a wonderful summer read. It celebrates women, friendships and new beginnings. An added bonus is the wonderful descriptions of the vintage clothing. You'll find yourself thinking...I wore that outfit. Happy reading!

Reviewed by: Mary P.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Best American Short Stories 2013

The Best American Short Stories 2013 Book Title: The Best American Short Stories 2013

Editor: Elizabeth Strout

Review: Best American Short Stories is unsurprisingly composed entirely of short stories. The length of these stories was particularly enjoyable since I could read several in a day.

Additionally, many of the stories contain characters everyone knows: a woman who loses her best friend, a man who cannot truly go home after seeing the horrors of war, a young girl with the task of caring for her mother and younger siblings. These characters are what make the stories come alive; they are also what remain with me even after the book is finished.

In the introduction, Ms. Strout explains that she has chosen these stories--in part--because of the voice of the story. The voice of the story--that “thing” in writing that actually makes us want to find out what happens next. For many of the stories, I still wanted to know more about the characters. For me this is both enjoyable and disappointing. I could finish several stories in a day; but some were too short.

Reviewed by: Katie L.

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: The Explorer's Code

The Explorer’s Code

Book Title: The Explorer’s Code

Author: Kitty Pilgrim

Review: Cordelia Stapleton accepts award on behalf of her great-great grandfather, a famous Victorian polar explorer. Among his effects is a journal and the key to where is located the deed to land in the arctic.

The action begins in Monaco, to a cruise on the Mediterranean, a brief visit to Ephesus, Turkey and lastly to the North Pole. Many people want the land deed and all ends well. The book was fast paced from the beginning to end. I highly recommend this adventure story.

Reviewed by: Ursula S.

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Death Match

Death Match Book Title: Death Match

Author: Lincoln Child

Review: This book held my interest and was very enjoyable to read because the main character was not the usual FBI or police officer investigating the crime. Also, the technology in the book (published in 2004) was at times outdated (videotapes) and advanced (avatars meeting in a tank). However, once I figured out the perpetrator of the crimes, I was let down because of the lack of originality. It was overall an enjoyable read and I would still recommend it to readers of crime novels.

Reviewed by: Pat Fogarty

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(Note: Adults participating in Summer Reading who submit an original review of one of the books they've read will be entered into a special prize drawing. To find out more, stop by the Reference Desk, or simply email a review of at least one paragraph in length to: reference@roselle.lib.il.us)

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