‘Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court’ by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court" is a marvelous autobiography by one of the greatest basketball players who ever graced the court. Watching him play was a privilege for any true sports fan because he appeared to be graceful and athletic, ultra-competitive, always under control -- and in control -- and a … Continue reading ‘Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court’ by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

‘Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better’ by Tracey Stewart

"Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live and How We Can Make Their Lives Better" by Tracey Stewart is not a new release, but it's a perfect book to read for those who want a New Year filled with compassion, kindness and humane choices. Stewart is lucky to be married to Jon … Continue reading ‘Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better’ by Tracey Stewart

‘Act of Betrayal: A Will Cochrane Novel’ by Matthew Dunn Is a Thriller with Heart

Author Matthew Dunn's background in MI6 reads like the resume of his main character, Will Cochrane, in the eponymous series of which "Act of Betrayal" is the latest. While reading all the books in the series probably gives more background to the story, this reviewer has only read the previous book, "A Soldier's Revenge" and … Continue reading ‘Act of Betrayal: A Will Cochrane Novel’ by Matthew Dunn Is a Thriller with Heart

‘Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery’ by Jenny Colgan is the Perfect Novel to Read on a Cold Winter’s Night

With "Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery," Jenny Colgan rounds out her stories about little Mount Polbearne, a village on the coast of Cornwall that is isolated from the mainland when the tide comes in, and its lovely baker Polly Waterford, her American boyfriend Huckle, and their puffin Neil. Polly and Huckle live in a … Continue reading ‘Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery’ by Jenny Colgan is the Perfect Novel to Read on a Cold Winter’s Night

‘The Silver Mask: Book 4 in Magisterium’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Takes Readers to the Dark Side

Co-authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare really know how to grab readers and keep them turning the pages, and in the fourth book in the "Magisterium" series, "The Silver Mask," the pages keep turning. The story begins in the Panopticon, a prison for magic people. Call is chained and fed slop, questioned daily, and visited … Continue reading ‘The Silver Mask: Book 4 in Magisterium’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Takes Readers to the Dark Side

‘Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail’ by Claire Cook Brings Holiday Cheer and Sweet Tails to Readers

The bestselling "Must Love Dogs" series by Claire Cook allows readers a chance to enter the never-boring life of Sarah Hurlihy as she negotiates a romance with her boyfriend/fiancé John. Her close-knit family, including her very Irish and very funny father, complicate the story in the way that only family can. In this sixth tale … Continue reading ‘Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail’ by Claire Cook Brings Holiday Cheer and Sweet Tails to Readers

5 Children’s Picture Books With Messages for Young Readers

This holiday season, or any time of the year, it's wonderful to find picture books that share  uplifting messages for young readers. Many picture books, fiction and nonfiction, allow young readers to think about issues such as fairness, inclusion, and just that it's okay to be different. Here are some really thoughtful books that will … Continue reading 5 Children’s Picture Books With Messages for Young Readers

Holiday Books about Winter and Christmas are Perfect for Cold Weather Reading

A very sweet tale, "William's Winter Nap" by Linda Ashman and Chuck Groenink, will warm the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Told in a lovely rhyming cadence, the reader meets William, who has finished his hot cocoa, climbed into bed, and readied himself for a long winter's nap. But as soon as he gets settled, … Continue reading Holiday Books about Winter and Christmas are Perfect for Cold Weather Reading

‘Alex Rider: Never Say Die’ by Anthony Horowitz — He’s Back!

With "Never Say Die," the latest Alex Rider thriller, Anthony Horowitz reminds fans of the series how good the stories are. New readers will get caught right up in the stories because once begun, they are impossible to put down. The first paragraph consists of two sentences that hook the reader: "Fifty thousand people had … Continue reading ‘Alex Rider: Never Say Die’ by Anthony Horowitz — He’s Back!

‘Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen’ Is a Beautifully Illustrated and Narrated Book about the World of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’

If there is one book that lovers of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" would love to own, it's this book: "Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen, Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit." This weighty (literally, maybe five pounds) book is filled with photographs, information, architectural drawings, and … Continue reading ‘Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen’ Is a Beautifully Illustrated and Narrated Book about the World of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’