Barbara Rinella, a former teacher, defines herself as an “academic entertainer.” For many years she has been celebrating literature and learning through her delightful programs on current books.  Barbara is currently presenting a timely program on the wonderful, fascinating, enlightening biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by gifted historical author Sally Bedell Smith!  This new book presents a fine portrait of the man who will be King–Princess Diana, Camilla and Princess Kate will appear to shed light on the true personality of His Royal Highness! Barbara’s other current program includes a dramatization of The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs! With all the excitement and fascination of Alexander Hamilton’s contributions, struggles and historical significance set to music in the Broadway hit, it makes sense to focus on Hamilton’s history, his wife, Eliza, her challenges and the love of our country by our Founding Fathers! New for Spring, 2018, Barbara will bring to life Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki. This terrific combination of dynamic historical and fictional characters make the challenges of the quest for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity come truly to life–Vive La France! Barbara is still bringing to life Ron Balson’s historical fiction novel, Karolina’s Twins, based on the amazing story of a true Holocaust survivor. This program is also a wonderful Salute to Veterans, as Barbara’s father, an Army Medic in WWII, was on the first team of doctors that went into Auschwitz when it was liberated! Other possible programs include “A Tribute to Nancy Reagan and Recent First Ladies!” with wonderful historical information from First Women, The Grace and Power of American’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower and Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin,and “A Visit with Coco Chanel,” based on Lisa Chaney’s biography. Ms. Rinella also gives a current list of her “favorite reads” at each program. Contact information and her updated reading list are given below.

Phone: (847) 251-1164

 Programs Open to the Public:   

January 31, 2018 St. Petersburg Yacht Club 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL. Program: Tea with the Royals. Contact Rebecca Lemmon 727-593-4699 or


























February 21, 2018 Island CC at Marco Island 500 Nassau Road, Marco Island FL. Program: TBD. Contact Bid Bakkar 239-394-6661

March 21, 2018 Center for the Arts 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Program:  “A Visit with Prince Charles and Royal Ladies. ” Contact Sheri Ronlean 239-495-8989 or

March 27, 2018 Friends of Martin County Library 2351 SE Monterey Rd.
Stuart, FL 34996 2:00 pm Program: The Hamilton Affair.   Contact George Seaman 772-463-2845 or or


Non Fiction:

  1. Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith
  2. Remembering Diana, A Life in Photographs, Tina Brown
  3. Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein, His LIfe and Universe, & Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  4. The Bettencourt Affair, Tom Sancton, Death of a Princess, Tom Sancton & Scott Macleod
  5. First Women,The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies and The Residence, Inside the Private World of the White House, Kate Andersen Brower
  6. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush
  7. Alexander Hamilton,Grant, Ron Chernow
  8. Killing the Rising Sun,  Killing Reagan  & Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  9. The News Sorority, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour–and the Triumph of Women in TV News, Sheila Weller
  10. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch,  Sally Bedell Smith
  11. Harmony, A New Way of Looking at Our World, The Prince of Wales
  12. Hero of the Empire, The Boer War,a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard
  13. Finding the Dragon Lady,The Mystery of  Vietnam’s Madame Nhu, Monique Brinson Demery
  14. Becoming Grandma, Lesley Stahl
  15. Hillbilly Elegy,A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  16. Make Your Bed, Admiral William H. McRaven
  17. The Wright Brothers and The Path Between the Seas,  David McCullough
  18. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  19. Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, Lisa Beamer
  20. The Last Swan, Marella Agnelli
  21. The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore
  22. These Few Precious Days, The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, Christopher Andersen
  23. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  24. Won for the Ages, How the Chicago Cubs Became the 2016 World Series Champions,Chicago Tribune
  25. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  26. What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You, Jo Hoare
  27. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  28. The Chicago Picasso, Patricia Balton Stratton
  29. It’s Your World, Get Informed, Get Inspired, & Get Going! Chelsea Clinton
  30. Alexander Hamilton, The Outsider, Jean Fritz (middle school readers)
  31. Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, foreword by Caroline Kennedy
  32. PAWS Chicago 2018 Calendar – online check
  33. Aaron and Alexander, The Most Famous Duel in American History, Don Brown (Young Readers)
  34. A Raid of No Return, Nathan Hales (Young Readers)
  35. Harmony, A Vision for Our Future, The Prince of Wales(Young Readers)


  1.  Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution  by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki
  2. The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress & Sisi, The Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki
  3. The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
  4. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue and Girls in the Picture, Melanie Benjamin
  6. Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, The Trust and Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  7.  Saints for All Occasions, J. Courtney Sullivan
  8. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
  9. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
  10. Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
  11. The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro
  12. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, Gail Honeyman
  13. A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  14. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Winner of Pulitzer Prize 2015)
  15. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  16. The Woman in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
  17. The Door, Magda Szabo
  18. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  19. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  20. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  21. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  22. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  23. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young readers or adults)
  24. The Land of Stories, Worlds Collide, Chris Colfer (Ages 10 to 12)
  25. The Story Orchestra, The Nutcracker, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (music)
  26. The 12 Sleighs of Christmas, Sherri Rinker, illustrated by Jake Parker
  27. Red and Lulu, Matt Tavares
  28. Thanks for Thanksgiving, Julie Marker & Illustrated by Doris Barrette
  29. A Birth Day for Hannah, Linda Petrie Bunch (young readers)
  30. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Wendy Mass (Young Readers)
  31. Atrocious Poems A to Z, Thomas L.Vaultonburg and Jenny Mathews (young readers)
  32. Sudi, The Little Black and White Striped Zebra, Susanne Fruehauf (young readers)
  33. Our Great Big Backyard, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (young readers)
  34. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy

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