Reviews and Blog Posts: New York

Threads and flames

by Esther M Friesner

In 1910, 14 year old Raisa leaves her tiny Polish shtetl to join her older sister, Henda, in New York City, but when she arrives Henda is nowhere to be found. With luck, perseverance, and the help of friends she meets along the way, Raisa eventually manages to support herself and her...

Inside Llewyn Davis

by Coen Brothers

DPL Rating:
2

This Coen brothers' flick was disappointing for me, compared to their previous works. Although the soundtrack is excellent and the grittiness of the '60s New York setting is romantic, the title character seemed to be completely lacking in sympathetic qualities and you end up not really caring about anyone in...

Revolutionary

by Alex Myers

DPL Rating:
3

Alex Myers' fictionalized account of the life of Deborah Samson, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as Robert Shurtliff, is a vividly imagined tale of identity, freedom, heroism and love. In 1782, Deborah wants more than her life as a weaver and servant to others. She...

Innocence a novel

by Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz

DPL Rating:
5

Addison Goodheart lives a life of isolation, rarely leaving his underground living space before dark. He believes himself to be horrifically disfigured and wears a hood covering his head and a ski mask. Those who have looked up on him have wanted to kill him out of fright. One night...

Five, six, seven, Nate!

by Tim Federle

DPL Rating:
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again in this sequel, I didn't find it...

Dad is fat

by Jim Gaffigan

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk...

Frozen heat

by Richard Castle

DPL Rating:
4

This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces. Johnny Heller's reading fits...

Museum of accidents

by Rachel Zucker

DPL Rating:
3

The first few poems in Museum of Accidents​ were difficult for me to get into at first - poetry is not usually my thing - but when I read "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" I was hooked; I had to read the rest of the book. There's a brutal...

Better Nate than ever

by Tim Federle

DPL Rating:
4

Nate Foster wants to be on Broadway. Or at least get out of his small Pennsylvania town where it seems no one but his best friend Libby understands him. When they hear about open auditions for E.T.: The Musical, Libby and Nate plot how to get him to New York...

Eighty days : Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's history-making race around the world

by Matthew Goodman

In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...

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