Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles by Don Felder

HeavenHellA great inside view to one of my (and America’s) favorite bands. It is interesting to know some of the “dirt” that happened during Don’s stay with the band. But, now that I know it, I wish I didn’t. It changes my view of the members and not in a good way.

Review by Greg Schissler

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Finders Keepers by Stephen King

FindersKeepersI liked the story in this book as well as I liked Mr. Mercedes. My only disappointment is that Hodges, Holly & Jerome don’t appear until half way into the story. They were such an integral part of Mr. Mercedes & I enjoyed getting to know them as a team. It’s like King just threw them into the novel & they don’t really play as an important role to this story as they did in Mr. Mercedes. This is a great story & the ending will keep you thinking long after you finish the last page. Mr. King is quickly becoming my favorite author.

Review by Anonymous

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Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

GirlUnderwaterThis is the author’s first book. Claire Kells weaves a very good story about a college student who survives a plane crash. You were right there with the main character, Avery Delacorte, as she experiences the crash. You identify with the fears and nightmares that plague her afterward. This is a very believable tale. You register every emotion with Avery as she claws her way back to a normal life. This is a good read.

Review by Anonymous

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The Art of Migration by Peggy Macnamara

ArtMigrationAn interesting book that defies simple classifications, left me happy, but wanting more.  It’s appealing because it focuses on Chicago area wildlife, and has the authority of Field Museum experts behind it.  A primary feature is that it is filled with beautiful watercolor paintings.  However, detailed facts may be more accessible in a standard bird guide book.  Check it out and be more aware of the wonders of nature around you that are often overlooked.

Review by Kathleen Schissler

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

RacingRainThe narrator of this novel is a family dog. Not being a ‘dog person’, this aspect limited the initial appeal of the story for me.  Another important theme is business of drag racing, also of minimal appeal to me.  Regardless, overall, I enjoyed this easy read.  It really is a family drama.

Review by Anonymous

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Reel Culture by Mimi O’Connor

ReelCultureThe premise of this book is that these are the movies that you need to be intimately familiar with or else you will not be able to relate well with everybody else who no doubt has seen all of these classic movies.  It caught my interest, almost lost it, and then got some of it back again.  My complaint is that it’s probably more relevant to be up to date on current rather than classic movies.  There is some interesting trivia.  Worth a quick scan to get some ideas for movies to see that you missed, or re-see with your kids for example.

Review by: Greg Schissler

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Ancient Furies by Anastasia V. Saporito

AncientFuriesAn excellent (but sad) story of a 15 year old Russian girl living in Yugoslavia when WWII starts and Germany occupies the country. Not only is she faced with German oppression, but her parents are White Russians who escaped the Russian revolution and will be “hunted” by the Russian army pushing Hitler back to Germany. While the story is sad, she is lucky in that she perseveres and survives where others don’t. I hope there is a sequel.

Review by: Greg Schissler

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