Week Three Entries: Reviews on what to read and what not to….
Complete your book review form and submit at the main circulation desk. We’ll post a roundup of the best reviews every week and each review enters you into the weekly raffle for a $20 Giftcard to Toadstool.
Week Three Raffle Winner is Bob Holt.
Review by Emaline: 5 stars
Thoughtful, powerful book about a Mexican boy who taught himself to read and grew up to be a famous author. Many excellent and colorful characters.
“An empathically imagined, masterfully told, and utterly transporting tale of transcendent sacrifice and perseverance, unlikely love, and profound mysteries.” (Booklist (starred review)
Real Artists Have Day Jobs: And Other Awesome Things They Don’t Teach You in School by Sara Benincasa
Review by Charlie: 31/2 stars
Funny and honest book about her struggles. Reads like a book of essays. Great points about realizing your potential. Definitely worth leafing through.
Review by Rachel: 5 stars
Absolutely loved it. Barnes is one of the best writers I’ve ever read. Takes patience to enter this book but it is worth it. Anyone who enjoys fascinating characters and art will enjoy this book.
“Timely and arresting . . . deeply engaging . . . [it] leads us to places only a handful of novelists have the skill and the courage to go. . . . I can’t recall any other recent book which offers such a prismatic perspective on the tension between revolutionary discipline and artistic freedom.” —Askold Melnyczuk, The Boston Globe
Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Review by Mia: 3 stars
Following the death of her mother, a difficult divorce, and descent into drug use, Cheryl Strayed sets off on a solo hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. On the deep solitude of the PCT, she begins to make peace with her past. The physical challenges give her strength to face the future and along the way she meets a series of creatures and characters, who pepper the long walk with bright points. After reading this book, there’s no way in hell I’d ever try that kind of journey, but I am sure looking forward to the movie!