Nancy's Reviews

After working in several word-related fields: copy writing, editing, freelance voice talent and theatre--followed by a long career as a stay-at-home mom I started working at the bookstore almost nineteen years ago, and was fortunate enough to be the manager for eighteen years. From my first day at work I had a sense of being home among the books and fellow book-junkies and that feeling only grew with the ensuing years.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a terrific team of booksellers and customers, and I am especially indebted to my fantastic family who supported my choice of jobs despite work hours that were definitely not conducive to family and social activities. I'm just now learning what all the fuss about weekends is all about!

My thanks to all of you who supported the store, who mourned its closing, and who asked us to establish this forum so that we can continue our tradition of exchanging opinions and ideas about books.

when the lights go out                                           

 Author:  Mary Kubica               Fiction                        

It has been days that Jessie has watched, sleepless, as her mother edges closer to death. Jittery with caffeine, Jessie is determined to stay awake, to be whatever comfort she can to the woman who not only has raised her, but who is also her best and only friend. Of course, there's the man she met in the hospital cafeteria, also gulping coffee, whose badly injured brother is not expected to live, the man who insists on giving her a few of his melatonjn stash to help her sleep. He seems nice, but, like Jessie, stressed out and grieving, and in no condition to deal with anyone else's crisis. Finally giving in to the lure of oblivion, Jessie accepts the doctor's offer of medication and, desperate, swallows the melatonjn as well. When she wakes, Jessie discovers that her vigil is over: while she slept, her mother died, and Jessie’s terror of falling asleep begins.

This book reads with such promise and suspense, until Kubica is forced to find a way to end it. Unfortunately, she chooses such a tired and overused trope that the entire novel is tainted.


Look Alive Twenty-Five                          

 Author:  Janet Evanovich                            Mystery       

Stephanie Plum may be among the world's worst bounty hunters, but it's a safe bet that her life is more interesting than most. In addition to juggling the attentions of two hot men, she spends her days with assistant bounty hunter and former self-described ‘ho Lula, trying to capture criminals who failed to appear for their court dates, putting Stephanie’s cousin Vinnie, the bail bondsman, at risk of losing the perks (mostly pornographic), of being a successful businessman. Vinnie is in the difficult position of working for Harry the Hammer, who is probably mob and definitely Vinnie’s father in-law, a situation that gets even more complicated when Harry takes possession of a popular deli aa payment for a bond forfeiture and orders Vinnie to staff it. Not an enviable assignment since the last two deli managers have vanished, leaving behind only a shoe each, but Vinnie has no qualms about sending Stephanie off to run the deli with only Lula and two drugged-out, laid-back, short order cooks for help.


Not Our Kind                                 

 Author:  Kitty Zeldis                    Fiction                           

When the taxi carrying Eleanor Moskowitz to her job interview is hit by another cab, she could not have imagined the ways in which her life was about to change. New York, along with the rest of the country, is recovering from World War ll, and Eleanor is looking for a teaching job to replace the one she just left (how could she sacrifice her ethics and stay with a school that refused to discipline a student guilty of plagiarism, even if that student's parents wrote huge checks to the school)? Now Eleanor is hopelessly late for her interview, and her bleeding lip has stained her best blouse so that she is in no shape to present herself for hire by a prestigious school. Desperate, Eleanor can’t be more surprised when the passenger from the other cab, wealthy, elegant Patricia Bellamy, insists on taking her home with her so that Eleanor can take some time to rest and compose herself, an act that leads Eleanor into a life she's only read about, and Patricia to a self-awareness and coincidence she didn't know existed, as Eleanor bonds with the Bellamy daughter Margaux, battling her own demons after polio left her disabled and angry.