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Important Messages
The Winter Reading Challenge will begin on January 6th, 2018!
Winter reading participants are asked to write BRIEF book reviews, each of which counts as an entry in a prize drawing.
The more reviews you submit, the more chances you have to win!
Submissions can be Adult or Young-Adult, Fiction or Non-Fiction.
No children’s titles, please!

What MUST be included:

A brief description of the book….…What’s it about?
Did you like the book...Why or why not? Would you recommend it to others?
You may also include: Are there similar authors or titles others might like? Have you liked other works by the author?

What NOT to include:
Spoilers! Please do not reveal crucial plot elements
Children’s books
Profanity, obscenities, or spiteful remarks
Phone numbers, mail addresses, or URLs

The library reserves the right to edit or remove reviews that do not follow these guidelines. Please refer to the Contest Guidelines for more information.

Reviews
Review
This is an excellent account of the history of music and entertainment in Buffalo, NY from the early 1900s through the 1980s. It's great to not only learn about local musicians, but also the history of the venues, neighborhoods, culture, and genres of entertainment that have shaped the entertainment of the region into what it is today. This book is very well researched and will make a great addition to any music lovers book collection.
Title
History of Buffalo Music and Entertainment: A Nostalgic Journey into Buffalo New York's Musical Heritage
Author
Rick Falkowski
Rating
5
Review
This is a book of short stories about love and relationships. The stories are very well-written and interesting. I would recommend this to fans of short stories.
Title
Interpreter of Maladies
Author
Jhumpa Lahiri
Rating
4
Review
One of the best stories I've read about WWII and the Holocaust. The story begins in Chicago, 60 years after the war ended. Ben Solomon tells his story in fine detail to Catherine, an attorney, to convince her to take on his case against Otto Piatek, a former officer in Hitler's SS. He believes Otto is now a wealthy Chicago philanthropist living under the name Elliott Rosensweig. Besides committing war crimes, Otto also stole money and valuables from Ben's family. Ben wants to expose him. The reader learns Ben's harrowing, heart-wrenching story and falls in love with him and his family, as well as other characters depicted in the book. We also learn what happens with Ben's case against Otto. Loved this book!
Title
Once We Were Brothers
Author
Ronald Balson
Rating
5
Review
Wow, this was a wonderful read! Full of rich language, imagery, and its own legend. The author portrays beauty, love, devotion, the ingenuity, and determination of the human spirit. I could see the dingy, dirty poverty of Werner's world and the beauty and pristine order of the museum and Parisian world of young Marie-Laure. Werner is an orphan in a German mining town and later a prodigy intelligence personnel serving Hitler's resistance efforts. I especially enjoyed the authors use of the emerging technology of the radio and the phonograph to connect Werner and Marie-Laure. Separately and later together they are both caught up in the suspense and intrigue of the Nazis pursuit of the legendary little blue stone, known as the Sea of Flames. Fantastic story. Fantastic writing.
Title
All the Light We Cannot See
Author
Anthony Doerr
Rating
5
Review
In Einstein's life, I enjoyed the fictional insight into the life of the women in Albert Einstein's life. Although this book had a slow start, it was very well written. The scientific, mathematical details were woven into the story in a creative and interesting way, making it not tedious.
Title
The Other Einstein
Author
Marie Benedict
Rating
4