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Welcome to the Ela Area Public Library District's Online Summer Reading Program. This program runs from June 1st-July 31st, 2013. Please remember that if you've signed up in person for the Summer Reading Club then you are not eligible to sign up again online.


At the end of the Summer Reading Club we clear all data from the system. If you signed up last year you must sign up again this year. Once you've signed up, use your same user name and password until July 31st, 2013.
Reviews
Review
I thought the book and its concept was quite fascinating from the get-go: how one woman's cells unknowingly helped develop major scientific and medical advancements. The novel started off quite strong, exploring the background of medicine when the cells were first introduced as well as the socio-economic climate during Henrietta's life and how race factored into her medical treatment. Where the novel seems to have gone astray was the intense focus on the author's journey to obtain her information. In a way, by telling the story both through her angle as well as the family's, a lot of the information felt stale and repetitious. What this book really needed was for the editor to take a big red pen to the pages and just remove large portions -- especially from the author's backstory -- to create a more succinct novel, especially since this isn't one of those stories where you're sitting on the edge of your seat thinking about what might happen next. It's more of an slow simmer, providing moral food for thought. By the end, I did have to push myself to get through it, an unfortunate case since it started out quite strong.
Title
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author
Rebecca Skloot
Genre
Non-Fiction
Rating
3
Review
Interesting analysis of introverts and extroverts and their strengths, weaknesses and struggles.
Title
Quiet
Author
Susan Cain
Genre
Non-Fiction
Rating
4
Review
This was definitely a thinker kind of book. I was impressed with how this book was simultaneously simple and complex. Bradbury was able to inject complex arguments in a seemingly simplistic premise. It's a dense read and probably wasn't the best fit for the summer; however, it was incredibly well crafted.
Title
Fahrenheit 451
Author
Ray Bradbury
Genre
Sci-Fi
Rating
4
Review
Erin Morgenstern paints a beautifully vivid picture of a dreamlike world set within the confines of a circus. I've never read a book with such vivid imagery; it felt like awakening from an engrossing dream every time I even looked up from my reading. Absolutely spell-binding.
Title
The Night Circus
Author
Erin Morgenstern
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
5
Title
Once a Runner
Author
John L. Parker Jr.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
5