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.

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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
On The Road
Author
Jack Kerouac
Rating
Eh.
Summary
Fresh out of a stint in jail and newly married, Dean Moriarty heads to New York and meets writer Sal Paradise and his intellectual companions. After roughly three years of journeying across the country to visit each-other, Sal decides to fulfill his dream to head west, visiting Dean and his friends in Denver along the way. Eventually the pair end up together and trek across the country in hoofin' fashion.
Enjoy?
A legendary work at its whole, I was intrigued by the beat-inspired craft of Kerouac's writing but admit it was a little difficult to get through. Brilliant no doubt, but just long and a bit dry for my tastes.
Suggest?
For those that enjoy literature from the Beat Movement (think Allen Gingsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Synder) this book is a staple in their collection. If you enjoy long stories of hitchhiking and traveling out west mixed with heavy intellectual theories and criticism this book may also appeal to you.
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 Wildwater Walking Club
Author
Claire Cook
Rating
Good.
Summary
A middle age career women takes a buyout from a company that she has devoted her life to and now doesn't know what to do with her life. Since she has time on her hands she begins walking and meets neighbors that she never knew. They start walking together and help each other with issues in their lives.
Enjoy?
I did enjoy this book. I liked the characters and could relate to the friendship that developed between these women.
Suggest?
I would recommend this book because I it was an enjoyable, easy read.