Patron Reviews

One Child

Hayden, Torey L. One Child. 1980. (618.9285 Hayde.T)

This book is one in a series of books by Torey Hayden which tells the true story of a severely abused and profoundly troubled six year old girl named Sheila. She was a student in Torey Hayden's special education classroom who had already committed murder. This is a story of a compassionate teacher who, through love and persistence, reached through the violence and silence to reveal the intelligent and caring little girl underneath. I am in the process of reading all Torey Hayden's well-written books about her work with disturbed children. They read like mystery thrillers and are hard to put down. (Lois E.)


Wish You Were Here

Brown, Rita Mae. Wish You Were Here. 1990. (Mystery Brown.R)

I thought that this book was very hard to get into and I also found it hard to connect to the characters. I was willing to give the book a chance, though, because like most mysteries, I had no idea who the killer was and I was curious to see how the book would end. Even though I did finish the book I was totally turned off when the pets started talking about how humans should kill their sick and deformed like animals do so that the herd can stay strong. I will never read another book by this author. (Rebecca W.)


72 Hour Hold

Campbell, Bebe Moore. 72 Hour Hold. 2004. (Fiction Campb.B)

I just recently finished 72-Hour Hold by BeBe Moore Campbell and wasn't sure I would like it. That's not unusual because I haven't read a lot of fiction in the past. However, as I am beginning to read more fiction, I particularly liked the down-to-earth language the author used, particularly in the off-handed comments Keri (one of the main characters) kept making in regards to her feelings and the events that were taking place. I found them totally hilarious and something I would think or say. I thought the book excellently demonstrated how a mother feels about a daughter who is ill, whether physically or mentally. It also rang true regarding the stigma attached to mental illness in our society and the response that many people have, including those who are diagnosed with a mental illness and those closest to that person. Those responses range from denial to feeling particularly hopeless and powerless. A good read. The book flows and I read it actually on a Sunday, all day until I was finished. (Geri P.)


Down the Nile

Mahoney, Rosemary. Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff. 2007. (916.2 Mahon.R) 

I was pleasantly surprised by this author! This book is about a woman's personal challenge with accomplishing a feat that no woman had ever done. She decided to row a boat alone down the Nile. While she was attempting to buy a boat, she met many interesting people. Her descriptions of the local customs were fascinating. They made you feel as if you were there with her. As someone who has wanted to go to Egypt and take the traditional tourist routes I never dreamed that I would be able to see, hear, and smell the sights from a different perspective. All this in a country where women are very limited in their choices for self expression. Adventure and social comment were abundant in this book. (Jo Anne L.)


The Glass Castle

Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. 2005. (B Walls.J Walls.J) 

A captivating story written so poignantly and sensitively. I kept forgetting that this is a memoir and found myself crying and laughing at different parts of this book. This has easily made its way to my list of all-time favorite books! (Donna S.)



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