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Another Week Down Means Reviews Are Up!

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Welcome back to the blog. It's been a busy week here at the Easton Public Library. Our doors are open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Come in and say "hello!"

We have a great selection of reviews for you this week. We hope you check out some of these great titles!

Forence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Available to Easton residents in print (currently on order, check our catalog for availability)

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by: Lynn

This book takes place in 1934 Atlantic City and centers on the Adler family – parents Joseph and Esther and daughters Fannie and Florence. Fannie is married with a 7-year-old daughter, and she is pregnant again after losing a newborn baby the previous year. Florence, the younger, college-age daughter, is an exceptional swimmer and is training to swim the English Channel. When tragedy strikes during one of her practice swims, the family goes to great lengths to keep the bad news from Fannie, fearing that she might lose this baby. Aside from the ending wrapping up a little too neatly, I really enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of invoking the sights and sounds of 1930s Atlantic City, and I especially liked the way the family relationships were portrayed. I also liked the supporting characters. I would recommend this title to historical fiction readers, as well as anyone looking for a good family drama.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover & Me by Adrienne Brodeur

Available to Easton residents in print; eBook via Hoopla and Overdrive

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by: Lynn

Wild Game is a dramatic, captivating, thought-provoking memoir. When Adrienne Brodeur was fourteen years old, her mother Malabar wakes her in the middle of the night to confide in her that she has just been kissed by her husband’s (and Adrienne’s stepfather’s) best friend. This declaration begins a years-long affair between Malabar and Ben Souther, in which Adrienne becomes complicit. In the following decades, Adrienne’s role as her mother’s confidante and co-conspirator will shape her life in many ways, affecting her relationships with her family, boyfriends, husbands, and eventually, her own children. This is a well-written book that I highly recommend.

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

Available as a downloadable eBook via Hoopla

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by Mary Beth

This is the story of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the people who dedicated their lives to the engineering, design, and building of the great structure in the mid-to-late 1800s, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The fact that the key player in the Bridge’s design and completion was a woman is what sets this story apart. When her husband, the project’s Chief Engineer, is injured in the construction of the bridge, Emily Warren Roebling, steps in to assume his role. Facing scrutiny, derision, and unmasked bigotry along the way, she rises to the occasion and paves the way for countless other women to follow. Rich in time, place, and historical detail, readers will find they can’t put this one down.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Available to Easton residents in print, downloadable e-book via Overdrive

Intended Audience: Grades 5-8

Reviewed by Mary Beth

Thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora is looking forward to summer in his tight-knit Miami neighborhood surrounded by his warm, extended family. The heart of the community is their family owned Cuban American restaurant and now it may close because an underhanded real-estate developer has plans to change the entire neighborhood landscape. Arturo and Carmen, a family friend visiting from Spain, work together to preserve the bonds of family and community. This is a fantastic read and is a great choice for students looking for a Nutmeg Nominee to read over the summer!

This title is a 2021 Middle School Nutmeg Nominee.

That's all for this week! Let us know what you thought of these titles, we'd love to hear from you!

Until next time...


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