The Million Dollar Quartet by Stephen Miller

Million Dollar Quartet

Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

Might you be attending the Broadway performance of “Million Dollar Quartet” showing at the Overture Theatre in Madison, or in Chicago where it has become the longest running musical? Reading Miller’s book of the same name was a fun advantage when I recently saw this musical. Gaps were filled and much background on the quartet (Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) was provided. The book and musical was prompted by an impromptu session of these four musicians in Dec of 1956. The book clarifies what point each musician is in their career when this famous session took place, as well as their relationship and attitude toward each other and Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun records where the session took place. It’s a fun and interesting read!

Owned by the New Berlin library (782.42166 M651). Put it on hold today!

Sum It Up by Pat Summitt

Sum It Up

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

My love for college basketball prompted me to read this memoir by Pat Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols for 4 decades. Born in 1952, a country girl from Tennessee, Pat grew up playing basketball with her brothers & working in the tobacco fields. After winning an Olympic medal on the women’s basketball team she was hired at age 22 to become the head coach of the Lady Vols & later went on to set all-time records for victories. This story is not one of basketball minutia, but rather one of an extraordinary coach, the players she loved and her fight against early onset Alzheimer’s. 5 stars.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (796.323 SUM)

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Can We Talk

Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

Just the graphics on the cover told me this book would be funny, maybe even helpful. It looked like the author was writing about something I had been through….something one doesn’t talk a lot about, except to family or very close friends. The realization that parents are getting older, and may need help, challenges an adult child who finds these facts on the one hand, unbelievable, on the other, overwhelming. Chast shares honest, typical, sad, and humorous happenings that occur when becoming deeply involved with her parents care. Don’t expect a how-to book on Medicare and assisted living choices, but you can expect an honest account of Chast’s experience.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (921 CHAST)