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The Maid by Nita Prose

Molly is a 25 yr. old conscientious, detail-oriented maid at a grand hotel. The book starts slowly, introducing Molly as somewhat unusual. It picks up a bit when Molly is accused of murder and a mystery unfolds. This is an easy read.  Though it lacks in substance and was repetitive, it has a feel-good ending. - D. Zelamsky

⭐⭐ Stars

The President’s House by Margaret Truman

Ms. Truman takes an historical and often personal look at the many aspects that make up the President’s House. (Presidents and their families, guests, staff, etc.) Interesting and eye opening.  I never realized the White House was allowed to fall into such shambles that Ms. Truman’s piano fell through the floor, that Thomas Jefferson was a misogynist, that when the British were marching toward the White House, Dolley Madison got a wagon and moved, and saved, documents and artifacts.  Fascinating, informative, and well researched. - E. Pasquali

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

A look back in time to the Mccarthy era, how effected the theater and movie industry. This story tells of a friendship between two woman who end up living in the Chelsa Hotel. It shows the ambition, love and betrayal of these two women. I would recommend this book, interesting history and this hotel that still exists on 23rd street in west side in Manhattan. -  C. Daley

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

The Teachers: A Year Inside America's Most Vulnerable, Important Profession by Alexandra Robbins

Robbins follows three teachers through the school year and reports on their successes, frustrations, concerns, etc. Robbins supports their stories with thorough and compelling research on topics such as school violence, bullying, high stakes testing, etc. Whether you’re an educator (I’m a retired elementary school teacher) or not, this book offers important ways to support the many overworked and unappreciated teachers. - P. Bacchi

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

Why I Believe in Life Beyond Death by Norman Vincent Peale

I found this book fascinating and hard to put down. The author was a Christian Preacher and had no doubt that we do go on after death. He knew many famous people and wrote what they said on their death beds. Thomas Edison said" It's very beautiful over there!" Robert Louis Stevenson was quoted as saying " If this is death, it is easier than life!" His belief that life is everlasting is very comforting. - N. Bellissimo

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This is a book for children ages 10 and up. Since it’s a NY Times bestseller (and recommended by my great-nephew) I wanted to read it. The story revolves around Ally, a girl with dyslexia. With the help of a great teacher, a supportive family and a couple of friends, Ally starts to thrive and realizes that everyone is different (and struggling in their own way). The book has some important messages for kids like “Be honest, be you.” and “No matter how smart you are, success is reached with hard work too.” - P. Bacchi

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

Martin tells this heartwarming story about Reese, a former heart surgeon with a painful past who comes to know Annie, a hopeful young girl with a failing heart.  As the story unfolds, the reader learns about Reese’s past, why he no longer practices medicine, how he slowly learns to forgive himself., and opens up to helping Annie.  This is a book that will keep your interest. - P. Bacchi

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars