Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss

Fatal Vision

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

This is the unbelievably true account of a handsome Princeton educated doctor and Green Beret Captain Jeffrey MacDonald, an all-American man by all appearances who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters. McGinniss attended every single court appearance, lived with MacDonald during the trial and wrote this engrossing tale of the obscene actions this man was so close to getting away with. He is still in a cushy prison in California today, adamant he didn’t commit those murders, but when you hear his testimony and compare it against the evidence the police collected…it is extremely damning. What is most interesting about this book is that McGinniss wrote it from an unbiased view point so the reader can judge for themselves whether or not this man committed these crimes. I can guarantee you will never think of the month of February the same way again.

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Under the Knife by Tess Gerritsen

Under the Knife

Reviewed by Judy (Library Staff)

When this new work of suspense fiction by Tess Gerritsen was recommended to me by no less than three library patrons in one week, I had to read it. It has an exciting start with a patient death in a Honolulu OR, and it becomes evident that a killer walks free in the hospital. But then it devolves into a melodramatic yawn with serious plot flaws and an improbable yuppie romance. I will not pick up another one of her books. Are they all this bad?

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC GERRITSEN)


Daughters of the Samurai by Janice P. Nimura

Daughters of the Samurai

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

The book opens with a colorful description of the environment in a Japanese traditional Samurai compound. As the chapters begin we are introduced to five young girls, in 1851, who are being sent from a restrictive land to the US to learn the Western ways. Imagine coming from a castle with a moat, beautiful gardens, and a samurai mansion, full of warriors, family, maids and closed to the outside world. Then imagine getting off a ship in California where people sit on chairs, shake hands, talk strange, wear odd clothes, and have a completely different set of etiquette. The experiences and relationships that develop are not only personal but of great historic significance. Women had various roles, schools and education played a big part in both countries. Nimura’s account is rich in history, more detailed than a historic novel but as engrossing, nevertheless.

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