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Adult Summer Reading Book Reviews

Grounds to Believe

by Shelly Bates

Adult Summer Reading 2017

Review by Marcia Baker on the novel Grounds to Believe by Shelley Bates

Ross Malcolm is an undercover detective who specializes in cults. Ever since a cult took his baby daughter, he has been looking for her. After so many years, he doesnt know what his daughter even looks like anymore. When a secretive cult comes under suspicion for child abuse, he pretends he wants to join them to find out what is going on. There, he meets a member with whom he falls in love with. But Ross is a Christian, and Julia isnt... Will it work out for them and does Ross ever find his daughter?

I liked this book because it was full of suspence and mystery. I could not put it down until I found out if Ross and Julia overcome their differences. This would make a good summer beach read!

One of the Boys

by Daniel Magariel

Adult Summer Reading 2017

Review by Tabitha Callison of One of the Boys, a novel by Daniel Magariel

It’s a coming of age book about two brothers and how they deal with their drug addicted abusive father. I did not like the book. It was sad. The mother left them in a bad situation and didn’t protect her kids. It ended abruptly and without closure.

Reclaiming Conversations: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age

by Sherry Turkle

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle

The power of talk that concerns Sherry Turkle in the digital age includes conversations between people and the solitary dialogue that we must engage within ourselves to gain perspective and self-understanding. A professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and a trail-blazing observer and critic of our emergent digitally-driven culture, Turkle is uniquely qualified to expand the conversation on conversation in the digital age.

What does it mean to talk in the digital age? To Turkle, conversation is the most human and humanizing thing we do. In exploring the central question of the books, she leads readers through a critical yet upbeat and hopeful look at recent and not-so-recent advances in communication technologies, beginning with the self-talk of solitary reflection and concluding with the wide open spaces of 21st century collaborative and social media.