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Time For Reviews!

Hello, readers! Welcome back to the blog. We more reviews for you this week. Check them out below!

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Available to Easton residents in print

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by: Lynn

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fictionalized re-imagining of Hillary Clinton's life if she hadn't married Bill Clinton. I loved it! I don't want to give anything away, so I won't go into detail. I will just say this – Sittenfeld has Hillary still meeting Bill at Yale Law and dating him. However, she doesn't marry him, and her life takes a different trajectory. Sittenfeld infuses the story with humor, irony, and imagination, and the result is a highly entertaining read.

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

Available to Easton residents in print

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by: Lynn

The Second Home by Christina Clancy is the story of a family from Milwaukee who owns a summer home on Cape Cod. In addition to their two daughters, Poppy and Ann, the parents decide to adopt Michael, a friend of Ann's who has recently lost his mother to cancer, and whose father, a former boxer, is living in a nursing home with brain damage. What happens on the Cape one summer will have repercussions for the whole family for years to come. I couldn't put this book down! I found it to be very compelling, with plenty of drama to keep me interested.

Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution

that Changed America by David Kamp

Available to Easton residents in print

Intended Audience: Adults

Reviewed by: Lynn

As a member of Sesame Street’s first generation, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sunny Days by David Kamp. This book tells the story of how Sesame Street was conceived, created, and launched. The show, which went on the air in November 1969, ushered in a new revolution of children’s shows that had the purpose of imparting knowledge and developing children’s psyches. Told against the backdrop of the times, I found the story very interesting and entertaining. In its later chapters, the book also covers some of the other shows that came after Sesame Street, including Zoom, The Electric Company, and The Magic Garden. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of children’s television or child development, or simply for a trip down memory lane.

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

Available in print and downloadable audio-book via Overdrive

Intended Audience: Middle Grade (Grades 4-6)

Reviewed by Mary Beth

Macy’s mother is about to remarry and their house is for sale. On top of that, Macy’s mother has asked her to help their elderly neighbor, Iris, who is also moving. It’s a lot of change for any sixth grader, but Macy, who is deaf, finds an unlikely friend in Iris, The Rainbow Goddess. Learning to communicate with each other (cookies play a key role) the two find that navigating change is always better with the help of a friend. This fabulous novel in free verse is a great summer read.

This title is a 2021 Middle School Nutmeg Nominee.

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto by George M. Johnson

Available to Easton residents in print

Intended Audience: Teens

Reviewed by: Kristine

“Be bold and brave and queer.”

These words from the back cover of All Boys Aren’t Blue pretty well sum up the author’s advice for young readers. George M. Johnson bills his new book as “a memoir-manifesto” and he writes that his main goal is “to give a voice to so many from marginalized communities whose experiences have not yet been captured between the pages of a book.” The book is Johnson’s story from his earliest feelings of being different through college. The book does not follow a completely linear story line, instead it follows a more stream of consciousness path through Johnson’s youth. It is told as a narrative, and through letters to key people in his story. Johnson’s family plays a main role. They were invariably supportive of Johnson and their love remains strong and unconditional. Johnson shares the good and the bad experiences that went with growing up black and queer. He describes in detail having his teeth kicked out at age five, his first sexual experiences, and his emotional responses to all the times he felt different.

All Boys Aren’t Blue is a necessary read for all youth. It connects to young LGBTQ+ and non-white readers in a very real way. Johnson makes readers feel seen and understood and supported. It is also a way for those from less marginalized groups to better understand how others experience life. Johnson includes humor, heart break, and a rallying cry to always be authentic. I would highly recommend All Boys Aren’t Blue for everyone aged 14 and up. It will enlighten teens and adults and build empathy.

Let us know what you think of these titles!

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