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Book Reviews

The Jungle
Upton Sinclair; Adapted and Illustrated by Kristina Gehrmann
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4 Stars

This graphic novel brings a very dense and complicated book to life in a digestible and interesting way. The illustrations really supplement the story and make a hard read enjoyable and understandable.  This horrifyingly realistic novel really illuminates the horrors and trepidation that many people in the United States dealt with in the early 20th century.

-Suzanne
Posted 4/2/2020

New Order: a decluttering handbook for creative folks (and everyone else)
Fay Wolf
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4 Stars

Decluttering your space can free up your time and your space to pursue more creative interests. Wolf guides you through simple solutions with examples and illustrations to accomplish this with Pro Tips and advice to save time and money. Included is a useful directory section on where to donate, sell, and recycle items along with their websites.
The second half of the book addresses organizing your digital life and includes websites, apps, and additional resources to assist in a number of issues.
-Claire
Posted 4/2/2020
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson
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Blackstone Audio, Unabridged, 6 cds (approximately 7.5 hours). Read by Bernadette Dunne

4 Stars

In this thrilling and suspenseful audiobook, Bernadette Dunne wraps the listener in a world of disbelief that becomes real as the book continues. This gripping audiobook brings to life ghosts, and mysterious encounters that become all too real. As young Eleanor finds her way to the mysterious Hill House after a most cryptic invitation, she quickly discovers that the neglected Victorian home is anything but quiet. As the suspenseful antics of the house heat up, the actions simmers up to and through its terrifying conclusion.

-Suzanne
Posted 4/2/2020

Southern Exposure: The overlooked architecture of Chicago's South Side
Lee Bey
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5 Stars

Southern Exposure shines light on the overlooked and forgotten architecture of the south side of Chicago, an area as big as Philadelphia. Not only does Bey document the rich architectural history of the south side with photography, he also explains the history of neglect due to restrictive housing covenants, city policies, and brutal policing in this predominantly African-American part of the city. Recommended reading before or after Natalie Moore’s 2016 The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.

-Sean
Posted 4/2/2020

The Secrets We Kept
Lara Prescott
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3 Stars

Prescott draws you into the Cold War and the world of espionage with this historical novel. The parallel stories of a U.S. government agency staffed with a typing pool spies, and a few double agents, and writer Boris Pasternak, his mistress and the struggle to publish Doctor Zhivago in Russia makes for a fascinating read. How exactly did copies of Pasternak’s masterpiece eventually find their way into the hands of Russian citizens?

-Nancy
Posted 4/2/2020

Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
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5 Stars

This was a wonderful book to get lost in for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting something new. This book has everything, a bit of humor, heartbreak and romance. It will make you want to break out a bread book or bread machine and feel what Polly was feeling when she was absorbed in her bakery work.
It’s heart felt and makes you sympathize with the characters plights as you get to know them throughout the book. There are some unexpected twists but every character comes out stronger because of them.
-Amanda
Posted 4/2/2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Iain Reid
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4 Stars

In this philosophical and literary thriller, an unnamed narrator is on her way to visit her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. As she ruminates on the nature of romantic connections, she also can’t help but think about how she is considering ending her relationship. After an unsettling family dinner and an unexpected detour on their way back home, the narrator and the reader will be left wondering: can you ever truly know someone?

-Amity
Posted 3/25/2020

DASH for Weight Loss: An easy-to-follow plan for losing weight, increasing energy, and lowering blood pressure
Jennifer Koslo
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5 Stars

The Dash diet has been suggested for people with high blood pressure, but can also be a healthy diet for anyone.

This book includes delicious recipes with color pictures as well as a four week diet chart to follow. Many dietary facts are explained in addition to an exercise and strength training plan. Cooking tools and healthiest cooking techniques are explained. A recipe substitution guide, and grain and bean cooking guide charts are helpful as are the prep and cook times, and number of servings at the top of the page for each recipe. Nutrition facts per serving are also listed at the end of every recipe.

-Claire
Posted 3/25/2020

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
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Random House Audio, Unabridged, 5 cds (approx. 6 hours). Read by Stephen Fry
5 stars

Stephen Fry lends his voice to this energetic audio recording of a science fiction comedy classic. As Arthur and the quirky aliens he encounters boldly go where humans haven’t gone before (sometimes unwillingly), readers are launched into a feel-good adventure that seeks to find the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

-Erin
Posted 3/25/2020

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

Amity
Favorite genres:
Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Literature, Books about weird animal friendships
Amity’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Denise
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels
Denise’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Erin
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult Literature
Erin’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
John
Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense
John’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Kandice
Favorite Genres:

Chick Lit, Suspense, and Mysteries

Michelle
Favorite Genres:

Historical Fiction, Psychological Thrillers
Michelle’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Sean
Favorite Genres:

True-life biographies, Non-fiction
Sean’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Sandy
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Film
Suzanne
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Suzanne’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

 

 

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