Welcome to A Universe of Stories: The Adult Summer Reading Club!

This program will run June 22nd – August 24th.

We have set up this website so you can submit your reviews without leaving your home. Additionally, you can browse through reviews other people have written if you are looking for book suggestions. Your reviews will be posted periodically, so make sure to stop by this website on a regular basis. Feel free to email any questions or comments to brian.bonelli@commackpubliclibrary.org

Below you will find reviews that have been submitted by those that have already joined the club!

If you would like to review a book, please click on "Review a Book", which is located on the menu bar at the top of this page.

“Time After Time” by Lisa Grunwald

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Two young people meet in Grand Central Terminal in 1937 and fall in love- Joe works at the terminal, and Nora has just returned from a year spent abroad. Nothing about this romance is as it seems, as Nora can never venture more than 850 feet from the terminal and doesn’t seem to get older while Joe ages normally.
A deeply touching, but joyful novel that is a testament to the power of love.

Stars: 5 out of 5

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“The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters” by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger

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Who wasn’t lured by the myth of Camelot of the Kennedy years and the glamour of the President’s wife and her attractive sister? They dominated the news, tabloid magazines, and gossip columns for most of their adult lives. This insider’s look at their desire for wealth, and the lifestyle that rich and powerful men could give them is a fascinating one, highlighting their yearnings, triumphs and great tragedies. Along the way, we learn more about the powerhouse movers and shakers of the world who were drawn to them like moths to a light. An irresistible study of what made these two women tick.

Stars: 5 out of 5

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“Unsolved” by James Patterson and Daniel Ellis

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This latest novel from Patterson/Ellis is much better than the average Patterson book. An FBI agent being investigated for leaking info to the press is obsessed with finding a serial killer targeting the homeless and elderly. There were many twists and turns in the plot keeping the reader guessing on the identity of the killer. An action packed, fast paced read.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens

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In this book a college student, Joe, is given an assignment to interview a senior citizen.  He chooses Carl, a convicted murderer, who has been transferred to a nursing home because he is dying of cancer.  Carl insists he is innocent, and Joe investigates in order to find out the truth.  There are several side stories and quirky characters along the way.  I found this book to be suspenseful and thought-provoking.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“Skin Game” by Stuart Woods

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Former spy Teddy Fay is contacted by the current CIA director Lance Cabot and ordered to seek out a mole in the CIA Paris office. Fay’s investigation uncovers a terrorist plot, which of course, he then handles. The story is the usual unrealistic, but fun plot I have come to expect from the author’s novels.

Stars: 3 out of 5

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“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

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This is an interesting and informative tale of Michelle Obama’s life from childhood through, and beyond, her reign as FLOTUS, including the challenges she and her children faced as the nation’s first black family.  A must-read for all contemporary history buffs.

Stars: 5 out of 5

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“Sunset Beach” by Mary Kay Andrews

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A young woman accepts a job offer from her estranged father to work  in his law firm. She soon becomes intrigued by two cold case murder mysteries and begins to investigate both of them. Though the story is a bit far-fetched, I found myself enjoying this quick read.

Stars: 4 out of 5

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“The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake

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This novel spans several generations of a wealthy NY family who is impacted by WWII, changing social norms, family secrets and a specific culture of the rich. I was thoroughly engaged by the story.

Stars: 5 out of 5

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Scientific American Book of Astronomy

In 32 articles culled from Scientific American magazine, some of the biggest names in astronomy describe recent observations and discoveries. Among the contributions are David H. Levy and Eugene and Carolyn Shoemakers’ eyewitness account of the 1994 collision between Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter; Alan H. Guth and Paul J. Steinhardts’ discussion of their inflationary universe model; and an essay on dark matter and predicting the destiny of the universe by Vera Rubin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Stars: 5

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