Irondequoit Public Library Summer Reading 2013
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Program Description
Anyone 18 years-old and above is welcome to participate in the adult summer reading program! Fill out an entry form at the library or submit a review online for each book, eBook, or audiobook you read. One title per entry. Weekly winners will be drawn each Monday and there will be a grand prize at the end of the summer. The program begins Friday, June 21st and runs through Friday, August 2nd.

First-time users, click Sign Me Up to create an account. Once you are logged in, click on “Add/See Books” to create an online book review. Fill out the review and click “Save” to submit. All submitted reviews are eligible for the weekly raffle.


Book Reviews
Title
Learned Optimism
Author
Martin E.P. Seligman
Rating
Good.
Summary
This book outlines easy-to-follow techniques, based upon decades of research, that can help people rise above pessimism and the depression that can result from negative thoughts.
Enjoy?
Yes. The author explains in reader friendly terms how optimism can be acquired and used to significantly improve the quality of life. The book includes simple to take tests that can indicate present levels of optimism/pessimism as well as how a reader can recognize their "explanatory style".
Suggest?
Yes. This book offers worthwhile advice to help readers manage their "self-talk", and improve their relationships with others including family, co-workers, etc.
Title
Ball Don't Lie
Author
Matt de la Pena
Rating
Good.
Summary
The book centers around the main character, Sticky, a white boy living in and out of foster homes. Sticky (real name Travis) discovers his talent for basketball and struggles to see how he can fit in while trying to make it on his own.
Enjoy?
Yes, the narrative story has a very distinctive male voice that will resonate with high school boys or fans of young adult urban genre.
Suggest?
Yes, the author does a skillful job of alternating between the present and the past. Most of the basketball scenes are very descriptive and thus entertaining. One word of caution - the author accurately depicts Stick as obsessive compulsive by using repetition in his writing. It took me a little while to get used to this. At first, I found it somewhat annoying, but I'm glad I stuck it out. There are many urban basketball books, but this character is unique!
Title
The Martian Chronicles
Author
Ray Bradbury
Rating
Eh.
Summary
A series of short stories written in 1950 about a future history of the colonization of Mars.
Enjoy?
It was ok for me, meaning that I generally do not read science fiction. I found some chapters more interesting that others. Bradbury writes with great imagination and upon close examination a reader can delve into the many messages he included about human life on Earth.
Suggest?
Yes, if you want to try something a little different. It interesting to read a book that was written in 1950 and set in the future, including up to 2013 and beyond!
Title
What Mama Taught Me: The Seven Core Values of Life
Author
Tony Brown
Rating
Good.
Summary
Brown, the host of the longest-running PBS series, relays the seven core values taught to him by the woman who raised him and that guide his life daily.
Enjoy?
Yes, Brown is an advocate for self-reliance and self-enrichment.
Suggest?
Yes, these core principles are timeless and can help lead people to prosperous, happy and successful lives.