Check out these book reviews from staff members of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library. The books (with review cards) can be found on the Fireplace Mantel near the front desk at Graves Library. Come on in for a visit and check them out!
American Grown by Michelle Obama
Put your politics aside if you must, but take a look at this beautiful book. The creation of the White House kitchen garden is a wonderful story, told with history, recipes and side stories throughout. There are garden plans for all four seasons with excellent photographs of them and you meet the White House gardeners who helped design and execute the project. The joy of Mrs. Obama shines through as the garden succeeds and is shared by children, who also learn about healthy eating and exercise while sharing the bounty. The garden, and this book, are worthwhile efforts, lovingly and successfully executed.
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
This novel circles around the development of penicillin during World War II. Claire Shipley, a photojournalist, becomes involved in the story of the new drug while on assignment, and is impacted by its promise because of the death of her young daughter from blood poisoning several years before. She is also quite taken by one of the primary researchers, Dr. James Stanton. As the research progresses, less lofty goals for the drug emerge – things like the profit motive and control of its usage. The twists and turns begin.
The characters in this book are well drawn, and the research procedures believable. While some of the events test credibility, on the whole this is a well done fictionalized account of one of the major achievements in medicine.