Daily Archives: July 17, 2014

Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell

Closed Doors

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

The poison of secrets and the pain of knowing complicate Michael’s coming of age.

With this great new young adult novel, Lisa O’Donnell cements her reputation as the premier author of serious fiction for today’s youth. Always witty, she lightly teases you into a tale that you will not soon forget.

Michael, feisty and likeable, hangs with his friends, fights with “Dirty Alice” and admires the beautiful woman next door. But then tragedy hits his family and a devastating secret eats at their core. This book deals with difficult concepts with a light hand, and is a must read for children who have had to deal with such traumas.

Laughing in the Rain: Self-Care for the Storms of Life by Hillary Saffran

Laughing in the Rain

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Permeated with challenges life often presents those moments when the stress rains down on you, drenching you in anxiety, fears, and woes. Instead of drowning in your personal sorrows, why not be your own savior and at least have the necessary knowledge for weathering the stress deluge. One fantastic place to start with your self–help, stress-relieving journey is by reading Hillary Saffran’s Laughing in the Rain – Self Care for the Storms of Life. This book is a creative, relatable, fun filled read that sparks many laugh aloud moments, combined with sagacious advice, and reasonably viable stress relief tips.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Kate Murphy is a young widow from a well-to-do family. Her husband was killed in the service and Kate has made the decision to join the Atlanta Police Force. Her first day on the job leaves her wondering if she has made an error in judgment and needs to rethink her decision.

Nothing is easy on the first day. The legs on her uniform are too long; her cap is too big and falls down in her face and her shoes fall off with every step. It seems the Atlanta PD could care less if the uniform fits the female officers. The male officers enjoy painting a penis on the women’s bathrooms and the colored women police officers have a separate dressing room divided by a curtain.