The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

This book is the true story of a woman who falls in love with a Japanese man and ultimately gives up her life in the U.S. to live in Japan and take care of her husband, his ailing father, and eventually their child. It’s an interesting book because the writer is an uncommon housewife, or “shufu,” in Japanese. Before falling in love, she is a fiercely independent, professional woman. She had been stubbornly single and progressively urban in her style. Her journey in this life shift is written with great wit and alacrity. I recommend it.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (921 SLATER)

Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

Amanda Knox was a 20 year old study abroad student in Italy when her room mate was murdered. An over eager, malicious prosecutor charged Amanda and her boyfriend with the murder. Despite clear forensic evidence, Amanda was incarcerated in Italy for four years for a heinous crime she did not commit. She was also the subject of negative and positive press during her ordeal. In this memoir, she carefully recounts her side of the saga. I recommend this book as it lends insight into a quirky, immature girl who quickly learned to be a woman under the most tortuous of circumstances. Plus, it reinforces an ideal I hold dear: don’t answer authorities questions until you have a lawyer!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (364.152 KNO)

The Martian by Andy Weir


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

Lots of hype about this book, and now, movie, preceded my experience with The Martian. The book is okay; the movie is good, and I guess I’m glad I experienced both. However, as a sci fi fan there were some elements missing in my opinion. Unfortunately, I cannot mention those elements here as it would spoil it for you. I recommend reading the book and then watching the movie. The book outlines all the “science” that the movie glosses over quickly. The movie does a great job with Martian scenery and suspense. As a reader, I knew what parts were changed for Hollywood, and that gave me a nerd based ego boost.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WEIR)

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

I loved A Game of Thrones (first in the series), and dove into A Clash of Kings only to be disappointed by the myriad of new characters and realms it introduced. Once I watched the TV series, however, I wanted to start reading the books again to understand the nuances of the characters motivations. I also wanted to figure out who was fighting whom. Tackling this book after watching the TV series worked for me, and I enjoyed the elaboration the second time around.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MARTIN)

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

This true story of a Navy SEAL who survived an ambush in Afghanistan is truly riveting. If you enjoyed books like, Black Hawk Down or A House in the Sky, then you will love this book too. This book showcases the will to live and forgiveness. It dispels stereotypes. However, this author has strong political beliefs, so be forewarned…

Located in Adult Nonfiction (958.1047 LUT)

Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

If you like to read about famous people and their inside personal lives, then this is the book for you. Christopher examines his life as he grew up with Madonna, and later became her dresser and event director. It’s kind of like not being able to turn away from a car wreck; these people become more strange and spoiled (and unhappy) the more rich and famous they become.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (782.42164 CIC)

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne


Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

This self help, new age book has been around for awhile, and I didn’t have an interest in it until I heard a patron talking about it at the library. I thought I would listen to the audio book mainly to get feel for the genre from a professional standpoint. Some of the information seems to fall into a “wishful thinking” or “magical thought” label. However, the power of positive thoughts, exercising feelings of contentment, and having faith in the power of the universe to provide what we really need are all constant, helpful themes that I enjoyed hearing about.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (158.1 BYR)