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James by Percival Everett (submitted by Pamela Hawks)

I am so glad I read this book! A re-telling of Huckleberry Finn from the perspective of the slave, Jim. Everett (known for the book that the Oscar-winning film, American Fiction, was based on) is a genius with words and humor (especially when wrapped around a serious topic such as slavery). The code-switching use of language is educational and entertaining.

The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El Rayess (submitted by Kate Kelly)

5/5 stars! A captivating and heart wrenching true story! Amra endured and survived the 1992 Bosnian Genocide when she was 15 years old. She now lives in the Hudson Valley and is a renowned professor at Columbia University. Her story parallels many of the global conflicts we are seeing now in Ukraine and Gaza. A must read, especially for parents and pre-teens/teens. An inspiring story about the resilience of the human spirit and power of familial love.

Bride by Ali Hazelwood (submitted by Catherine Incledon)

Twilight for adults. Loved it!

Funny Story by Emily Henry (submitted by Orlane Dubreus)

Emily Henry has a talent for making the most heartbreaking stories come in the funniest and prettiest packages. The story follows Daphne and Miles as they find themselves living together after their respective partners dump them for each other. As a friendship between them blossoms, Emily Henry peels back layers of each character’s past, discovering the truth behind their relationships and their own insecurities. I loved the way that Henry illustrates the desperation that comes from no wanting to be alone versus the exciting parts of learning about someone and somewhere new. It’s a fun, beautifully written rom-com that comes with an emotional punch.

The Midwife of Auschwitz by Ana Stuart (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

This is an interesting book. Even though the story is fictional, the characters in the story are based on real people. The main character is not sent to Auschwitz because she was a Jew, she was interned at this camp of death because she was part of the Polish resistance. The story chronicles how she was selected to continue as a midwife at Auschwitz. The author writes about the courage and moral fiber of the main character who never stopped believing in her Hippocratic oath.

The Violinist of Auschwitz by Ellie Midland (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

The story is fictional but the characters are real. The story focuses on world renowned female violinist who developed an all female orchestra in Auschwitz. Because of this orchestra many woman were saved from being gassed and were not subjected too many of horrendous conditions at this concentration camp. This book is well worth reading.

The Goddess of Warsaw by Lisa Barr (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

The plot of the book centers on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The protagonist of the story Bina is a famous actor in Poland. Due to her features, she is able to poise as an Aryan and not a Jew. This enables her to leave the ghetto whenever she chooses with her fraudulent identity cards. Her acts permit her to buy arms for the uprising. The title has a double meaning which you will discover as you complete the book. The story is based on actual events and characters. This is especially true during the WWII period. I recommend this book without any reservation. There are many plot twists throughout the story. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to avoid reading this story.

Perris, California by Rachel Stark (submitted by Charlotte Dunaief)

Two women meet after being separated for years. Their lives have dramatically changed. How will their meeting affect their current lies, and what secrets are buried in their pasts? Two resilient women must make very hard choices.

Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

This is the second book in the series featuring Viktor Zolotaryov. At the end of the first book, Viktor needed to leave Kiev for his personal safety. The story is about how he is attempting to find his stolen penguin. In order to find his missing penguin, he must join forces with the Mafia.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (submitted by Alison Castaldo)

In comparison to the previous books in the series: this is a fluff book. In my opinion, very little is done to contribute to the overall plot and while there is an attempt to flesh out the characters introduced in the first three books it just serves to make me dislike the main character. On a positive note, it is a quick read.

Mischling by Affinity Konar (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

I discovered the story to be eye opening. As one reads these stories, you are confronted with the evil lurking within human beings. How human beings were able to treat innocent children with such contempt is beyond comprehension. The story is about two twins who were experimented on by the angel of death, Joseph Mengele. What is truly beyond my feeble mind is how the world allowed to this happen even though they were given eye witness accounts of this savagery. Let us never forget.

Funny Story by Emily Henry (submitted by Catherine Incledon)

Another amazing book by Emily Henry! I feel like Emily Henry really GETS people. Her characters are so well written and her stories are romantic while still being realistic. Also, one of the main characters was a librarian, which is always a plus!

How To Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin (submitted by Catherine Incledon)

An original take on a murder mystery! This was well-written and I was hooked from the start. Can’t wait for the sequel!

Weyward by Emilia Hart (submitted by Luanne Lindemann)

I love historical fiction and this book definitely covered that. This story followed the lives of three women through time. Kate 2019 the most current character who was strong but didn’t yet see that in herself. Altha, 1619 wanted nothing more than to help those around her, but she was looked down upon and considered a witch. Violet, 1942 knew who she was and wanted to be but her status in society would not allow her to be that. These Weyward women were all connected through blood, strength in their character and nature. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it.

One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ward (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

I was not impressed with this book or story. The story was in my opinion contrived. I have enjoyed reading all of Ms. Ware’s previous books. I was looking forward to reading this book. However, I continued reading this story hoping the plot would improve. But, I was wrong. She took the “the reality TV concept” and intertwined it with the Lord of the Flies. Instead of children they were adults. I cannot recommend this book to you to read.

Shelterwood by Lisa Wingate (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

I was disappointed with this book. The story is about how a group of children in 1909 who were forgotten by the legal system and society and a park ranger who was investigating the finding of buried human bones in her park. The author alternates between 1909 and 1990. I struggled reading the book because I continually lost track of the plot. The book was not nearly as good as the author’s first book, Before We Were Yours. Read at your own risk.

Middle of the Night by Riley Sager (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

The book lived up to all my expectations. Mr. Sager’s narration was excellent. Intertwining the past with the present gave much needed clarity to the story. The whole story both the past and present was neatly wrapped up at the conclusion of the story. Please put this book on your must read list.

Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

This is a book you need to put on your must read list. I have never been disappointed when I have read any of her books. The premise of the book is how the past reaches into our present. A diary of one of the guests is the basis of the book. Ms. Foley uses different characters in the book to narrate her story. This is a technique she utilizes in all her books. In this way, the reader has a different perspective of the plot throughout the story. Enjoy!

Summer Breeze by Susan Mallery (submitted by Dean Satterly)

A romantic comedy. Luke warm.

Surviving the Forest by Adiva Geffen (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

What a remarkable story. This is a story of great courage. One never realizes how people suffer due to racism and bigotry. The story focuses on woman who survived the Holocaust not by being rescued from a concentration camp but by living in a forest in Poland with her family and thousands of other Jewish people who were targeted by annihilation the Nazis. Before WWII there were over 5 million Jews in Poland. By the end of WWII, there were only between 40,000 and 100,000 Jews who survived the Holocaust in Poland. This story brings to the forefront how hatred so easily may destroy a whole group of people. I beg of you to read this story out of respect for those whose race was almost obliterated from the face of the earth. May we never forget these courageous men, women, and children.

Murder on Madison by Victoria Thompson (submitted by Dean Satterly)

A murder mystery that takes place in NYC in the 1800s. A lady solves the murder!

Three Inch Teeth by CJ Box (submitted by Dean Satterly)

This book is about a rogue bear in a national park. It’s good, BUT!!! it made me too scared to go to Yellowstone!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (submitted by Alison Castaldo)

Great addition to the Hunger Games series. Collins does a great job having you sympathize with the main character Coriolanus Snow only to have it all twisted at the end. Unlike the other books, this book is not written in first person and is a refreshing take from the author. Definitely a great read!

The Priests' Barracks by Guillaume Zeller (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

Beginning in 1938, the Nazis began interning Catholic priests at Dachau. These were priests who were warning their parishioners regarding the dangers of Nazism. The majority of priests who were imprisoned at Dachau were from Poland. Hitler believed he needed to eradicate the culture of the Polish people. He needed to do this in order to settle Germans into Poland. This eradication began with rounding up the priests. Later on, he began sending priests from other European countries who were predominantly Catholic. Out of the 2700 priests who were at Dachau, only 62% survived. The author describes to us the atrocities these priests endured because of their beliefs. This history needs to survive for us to comprehend the dangers of genocide.

The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

Even though the book is rated YA, any adult should read this book. The story is about seeing the Holocaust through the eyes of two young boys. One is the son of the commandant of Auschwitz and a young Jewish boy who is imprisoned at Auschwitz. There are many twists and turns throughout the story. The innocence of the boys only magnify the horrific events of the Holocaust.

Think Twice by Harlen Coben (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

The author returns to my favorite character in his books, Myron Bolitar. He is a former basketball who became a sports agent, lawyer, and private investigator. The book lives up to all expectations. I am thrilled Mr. Coben had decided to return to this character. Unfortunately, you will need to begin with the first book of series. There are many twists and turns in the story. You will need to remain focus throughout your reading. Enjoy.

All the Broken Pieces by John Boyne (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

What a follow up to the The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. Even though one is told you do not need to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you will need to read the first book because there are many references in this book to the first book. The protagonist in this book is Gretel. She is the sister of the boy in the first book. The book starts with how she and her mother escape Germany and begin to live in France. The book follows her life both in the present and past. She is a woman who lives in guilt about her past by knowing and doing nothing about what happened at Auschwitz. You need to put this book on your must read list.

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie (submitted by Antonia Olivera)

This story follows the main character Nori, who is abandoned as a child and therefore knows nothing about herself, only what her mean grandmother tells her. She finds an unlikely ally in her brother, whom luckily for her does not adhere to tradition. Throughout the book you get to read about old traditions in Japan and how society changed after WW2. This piece of historical fiction was fascinating because readers can connect to Nori while also gaining knowledge of that time period. Great read!

A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett (submitted by Gregory Van Den Berg)

Mr. Follett never disappoints. The setting of the book is around the time of the American Revolution. The setting of the story is focused on the working conditions in Scotland and England. Even though they were not considered slaves, they did not have freedom of choosing where they could work. They were in fact indentured servants. However, the story centers around a character named Mack who worked in the coal mines of Scotland. He discovered in the law the coal mine owners could not legally force a worker to stay in the mines once they reached the age of twenty-two. The plot of the story focuses on Mack’s journey to ultimate freedom in America.