Welcome to Seasons Readings: The Adult Winter Book Club!

This program will run December 27th – March 21st.

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

Join us on March 21st for our gathering to eat, drink and discuss all our favorites. Come in and pick up your packet anytime on or after December 27th.

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

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In the year that Bud Frazer spent leaving his life in Oregon to ride horses in Hollywood cowboy movies, he makes friends with Lily Shaw, future screenwriter and producer, and learns what cowboy films and stunt-riding is really like. As he reminisces about his hard-scrabble existence on his parents’ subsistence ranch, we learn about the hardships of growing up in the west during the Depression and the droughts. Haunted with guilt over the death of his sister, lured by the images on the silver screen, Bud matures from a callow youth to a talented artist. Well-written and engaging!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

The author continues her series involving Sherlock Holmes and his supposed young wife Mary Russell with an adventure on a steamship from Bombay to Japan and in Japan itself, involving a female ninja warrior and the future Emperor Hirohito. A little stretched and convoluted, the plot is still interesting.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

Three generations of midwives are the focus of this novel which portrays the lives of mothers and daughters and the lies they tell each other and the secrets they keep from each other, believing it’s “for their own good.” While welcoming the fourth generation to life, the secrets and lies are revealed.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

Three generations of midwives are the focus of this novel which portrays the lives of mothers and daughters and the lies they tell each other and the secrets they keep from each other, believing it’s “for their own good.” While welcoming the fourth generation to life, the secrets and lies are revealed.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

Swedish Detective Inspector Irene Huss is ordered by her chief to travel to Tenerife in the middle of a bad winter to help local police with a death in Sweden related to gang and sex trafficking of minors. Her whole squad is jealous, yet she is almost killed in a gang-related gunfight. This is the latest in a series of novels that rivals the series by Stieg Larsson and Henrik Mankell.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

Paired up with a government agent from one of the many anti-terrorist agencies, Chief John Puller is tasked with bringing in his brother who has escaped the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth. More than a game of cat-and-mouse, national security is at stake. Who is loyal to the US among the many players in the novel, and more importantly, will he have to bring in his own older brother, imprisoned for life for treason. The author leaves you guessing all along – who is the traitor and who is collateral damage?

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

Don Tillman and his wife Rosie have moved to New York from Australia, he to teach and do research at Columbia University where Rosie is pursuing a double doctorate. Needless to say, their well-structured life is blown apart by Rosie’s announcement of her unplanned-for pregnancy. The fixes Don gets in as he seeks to qualify as a father land him in deep hot water.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

Child prodigy Flavia de Luce, a true adolescent drama queen, is sent from her home in England to a private girls’ school in Canada, one her mother attended, where she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery on her first night, when a headless corpse falls out of the chimney of her room. The novel is an adventure, told from the point of view of a young girl, an eccentric one at that, and is thoroughly a delightful read.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

This tale of two sisters, from the point of view of the younger, less successful sister, is a poignant, yet engaging one, mostly due to the author’s irreverent and witty way of writing. She skewers Manhattan society, in particular, the world of the 0.01 percent, and gives an intelligent insight into the world and worries of the least fortunate among us. Well-written and satisfying.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

Mislabeled as a mystery, the novel recounts the antics of the citizens of Vigata, Sicily, who revolt against the Prefect sent to them by the central government in Rome in 1874. It provides a hysterical, often x-rated look at the citizens in the same village policed in his popular “Inspector Montalbano” series, although 100 years previously. Heart-warming, funny, risqué – I loved it!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5