Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"The Quiet Game" by Greg Iles

What are Penn's true motives for investigating the unsolved murder of the black Korean War veteran? Is it revenge, an insatiable desire for the truth to be told or something else completely?

For more information about the author, check out:

Monday, October 26, 2009

"The Art of Mending" by Elizabeth Berg

Do any of the these characters have false expectations of what forgiveness is and/or what it should do for them? What is the definition of forgiveness -- of oneself and of others?

For more information about the author, visit:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Faceless Killers" by Henning Mankell

What specifics does the novel reveal about how police investigations are conducted? About the strained relations between the police, the press, and the government? About the connection between sudden insight and the dogged search for clues?
For more information about the author, check out:

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Big Read

Wayne Public Library is participating in the Big Read beginning Oct. 22, 2009 The book for our Big Read will be "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett.

Starting November 2, 2009; discussion questions will be posted weekly, but feel free to voice your comments and opinions about the book below...

Look for "Comment" located underneath this section, click on it and then type your comment and then click submit. You may comment anonymously or use your own Blogger id if you choose to.

(All comments are moderated and do not get published until they are approved by our librarian.)

The BIG READ is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"The Broken Window" by Jeffery Deaver

The plot described in Deaver's book is based on possible real situations. Did you find all aspects of the story believable? Could it all have happened in 3 days?
For more information about the author, check out:

"To the Power of Three" by Laura Lippman

Was it right of Kat's father, Dale, to get involved in the valedictorian issue at her school? Did it irrevocably set circumstances into motion?
For more information about the author including interviews, check out:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

Augusta “Gus” Simpson, entertainer and star of her own television show on the Cooking Channel learns that she will have to share her show with another cook, Carmen Vega, supposedly the girlfriend of the head of the Cooking Channel. Carmen’s goal is to take over the show, but no matter what Gus always remains professional. While dealing with her two adult daughters and their relationships with boy friends and broken engagements and worried about losing her show, Gus persists with life and finds a new direction for herself and also finds love. The book is full of humor and moves at a fast pace. It’s a great read!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

What is your response to the ending of the novel, particularly the last meeting between Simon and Maisie? Is Maisie more focused on her suffering or Simon's? Is her focus where it ought to be? Does the scene resolve the tensions of the story or heighten them?
For more information about the author, Jacqueline Winspear:
For an intereseting interview with the author:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]" by Zoe Heller

At the end of the novel, which woman is more sympathetic? Is Barbara friend, guardian, foe, jailer, interloper, predator? Is Sheba a victim of circumstances, an understandably bored housewife, or a selfish woman spoiled by privilege?

For more information about Zoe Heller, check out this interview with Robert Birnbaum:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

In the last few pages of the novel, do you think that Ben Marco commands Raymond (under hypnosis) to commit his final act, or does Raymond break free of the hypnosis and choose to do it on his own?

For more information about Richard Condon, visit:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Adults Rock!: The Summer Reading Program 2009

The Adult Summer Reading Program begins June 19, 2009 and runs through August 22, 2009. Open to Wayne Residents age 18 and up. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win the Grand Prize of a $50 Borders gift card (courtesy of the Friends of the Wayne Public Library). Here's what you need to do to blog...

1) Find a great book to read!

2) Read it!

3) Write a review or summary and tell us if you thought it was a GEM or a LUMP of COAL!

4) Click on the month June

5) Look for Adults Rock!: The Summer Reading Program -- Click on it!

6) Scroll down just a bit.

7) Click on Post a Comment

8) Type in your Name, Library Card # and Phone number, book information and book summary.

9) Type in the Word Verification

10) Select Anonymous

11) Then Publish

12) Your review will not actually get published until it is reviewed/approved by our librarian. She will then print out your entry and place it in the Adults Rock Entry Box, and then remove your name, card number and phone number and publish it on our Book Discussion Blog. The more books you read and review or blog about, the closer you are to winning! The contestant who has the most entries will win!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Above Suspicion" by Lynda La Plante

Anna Travis, Lynda La Plante's newest heroine, is a rookie cop who is put in some difficult situations when working her first homicide. Does she live up to the standards set by her well-liked copper father?

For more information about the author, check out:

For an interesting interview with Lynda La Plante, visit:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Demolition Angel" by Robert Crais

Robert Crais is the author of the Elvis Cole series, and "Demolition Angel" one of his standalone novels featuring bomb technician, Carol Starkey. There are many other characters in the book to support this story -- were they all fully developed? Who did you identify with the most?

For more information about Robert Crais, visit his website at:

For an interesting interview with Robert Crais published in the Guardian newspaper, check out:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love: A Novel by Beth Pattillo

The Sweetgum Ladies Knitlit Society meet once a month to discuss books and knit. This month's theme is love and to knit an item that goes with each book. Each of the members have had their share of life's up and downs. Each of their circumstances dealing with either loss or finding new love or friendship. All in all the ladies unknowingly help each other through the good times and bad times in life. A really nice story and well worth the read. This book will be released for sale on June 2, 2009.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman

For Joe Leaphorn, he views witchcraft as the source of a social disorder while Jim Chee accepts witchcraft as an inherited belief system that is a model for destructive behavior. Is it possible for a Navajo to be both true to his culture and a policeman?

For more information about the author, check out:

Ice Trap by Kitty Sewell

What does the title, Ice Trap, refer to?
Does life happen to Dafydd or do his actions cause things to happen?
For more information about the author, Kitty Sewell, visit her website at:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Death is Now My Neighbor" by Colin Dexter

Is Inspector Morse a likable character?

What do you think of the interactions between Morse and Lewis?

(This is the 12th book in the series, and the one where Morse's first name is finally revealed).

For more information about the author, Colin Dexter, check out:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"The God of Animals" by Aryn Kyle

Alice struggles to make sense of her family and her world, and the Winstons' tendency to keep secrets and withhold the truth doesn't make it easy for her. What does she learn about her family, and in turn, about herself as the novel progresses? What did you think was most revelatory?

For an interesting audio interview with the author on NPR News with the Bryant Park Book Project check out the following link:

For information about the author check out:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Suspect" by Michael Robotham

Joe O'Loughlin is a flawed -- and human -- character, but he didn't necessary deserve the things that happened to him. However, did he bring some of his misfortunes on himself by the decisions he made or the actions he did (or did not) make?
For more information about the author, check out:
For a fascinating interview with the author and a discussion of his writing the book, Suspect, check out:

Friday, February 27, 2009

Christ the Lord Out: Out of Egypt

Anne Rice writes a fictional account of Jesus as a young boy. Unaware of who he really is, strange things begin to happen and he questions his mother Mary about who he really is and what is he supposed to do. A rather interesting read, very well researched by the author, this book takes you back in time to experience turbulence and war in Egypt and Jerusalem and the beginning miracles of Jesus.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Lines of Defense" by Barry Siegel

Were the characters likable and believable? What did you like about the book?
For more information about Barry Siegel, check out:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Eye of the Needle" by Ken Follett

Is this book a plot-driven book or a character-driven book?
For more information about the author, Ken Follett, and his views about writing this book, please visit:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"In a Dry Season" by Peter Robinson

Gloria has many admirers as well as those who were jealous of her.
Did you suspect who the actual killer was?
For more information about the author, Peter Robinson, check out:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"The Price of Guilt" by Margaret Yorke

In Margaret Yorke's book, "The Price of Guilt", who is the true hero/heroine of the story?
For more information about Margaret Yorke, check out: