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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This is Alexander McCall Smith’s latest addition to his “#1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series. The title refers to a new cafe being opened by one of the detectives. But the book also focuses on the self-styled detectives trying to identify a woman who claims to have amnesia. I have read many of McCall Smith’s books (he writes several different series), and I have found all of them to be fun and easy reading, but I think they are better suited to young teen-age readers. I read them occasionally as a pleasant respite between more serious and thought-provoking tomes.

Evaluation: 3 out of 5

In the aftermath of a his brother and sister-in-law’s death from a terrorist bombing in Israel, a gay man and his partner become partners to his niece and nephew. The moving story chronicles the impact of grief on relationships, as well as redefining the concept of family. It’s a worthy read.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

This is the author’s most recent novel with LAPD cold case detective Harry Bosch. The author takes the reader on a carefully plotted journey as Bosch and his new partner slowly follow the clues to unravel a murder, a robbery and an arson case. I liked that I was not able to guess the ending well before the conclusion of the book. If you’re a Bosch series fan, you’ll enjoy this latest effort.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5


This book is historical fiction about Elizabeth Keckley, who was born a slave, and rose to become, not just Mary Lincoln’s dressmaker, but also her best friend and confidante.  An interesting portrayal of a little-known historical figure who was actually an integral member of the Lincoln household during Mary Lincoln’s term as First Lady and for many years afterward.  This book encouraged me to delve further into the life of Elizabeth Keckley.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

This book is historical fiction based on Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the United States and his switch of allegiance to the British. A lesser-known figure in this conspiracy, but a major character in the novel, was his beautiful young wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold, who not only went along with him and his co-conspirator, John Andre, but conspired in her own right to orchestrate the betrayal. Very well-written and true to historical facts.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

This book is the sequel to Cross My Heart, and should be read after that book. Patterson’s latest novel with Detective Alex Cross, takes the reader on an emotionally horrifying roller coaster. Alex searches for his kidnapped family as a serial murderer toys with his emotions. It is a thrilling page turner and Patterson at his best.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

US Army criminal investigator John Puller, is assigned to track down an escapee from a military prison, who just so happens to be his brother. Puller uncovers a complicated conspiracy as he tries to not only find his brother, but also prove his innocence. This was an action packed adventure from start to finish!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

This is a witty, satirical novel that focuses on the life and family of an older woman writer who is known and idolized by the feminist community. She is a cantankerous woman reluctantly coming to terms with her age and her legacy. The book was well written, and both touching and funny.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5


I absolutely loved this story of the lives of a blind French teenage girl and a German teenage boy during World War II. The story unfolds with how the two young lives eventually intersect. I was riveted and moved by the author’s words, and had a hard time putting down the book. This is a must read!

Evaluation: 5 out of 5


This is a rather intriguing novel. A worldwide flu pandemic changes civilization on earth. The story focuses on various individuals who are connected through their association with a famous actor. The story is told from the past, present and future tense, but written in a manner easy for the reader to follow. It kept my interest to its conclusion.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5