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Hi, I am Barbara Rinella!

 

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. New for Spring, 2019, is  a "Tribute to Barbara & George H. W. Bush" based on two wonderful books by their granddaughters: George and Barbara Bush, A Great American Love Story by Ellie LeBlond Sosa and Kelly Anne Chase, and Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush!    Also new for Spring 2019,  her newest program will be a dramatization of Fly Girls, How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds And Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Come meet Amelia Earhart, and her four terrific, brave lady friends: Ruth Elder, "the Bravest of the Fair and the Fairest of the Brave," Ruth Nichols, "the Flying Debutante," Louise Thaden, the "small town dreamer," and Florence Klingensmith, the "Darling of the Northern Plains." Barbara is still presenting her dynamic program on Ulysses S. Grant, based on a wonderful historical fiction novel, Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Barbara is also presenting a timely program on "A Visit with the Royal Ladies."  Princess Diana, Camilla, Princess Kate, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will all appear to celebrate Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith and, of course, Meghan's new baby!!  Other wonderful characters that still come to life are Sophie de Vincennes from Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki, and Eliza and Alexander Hamilton from The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs.


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Programs Open to the Public:

 

Programs Open to the Public:


April 30, 2019 The Little Traveler 404 South Third Street, Geneva IL  at church across the street. Program: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Contact: Sandy Fischer (630) 232-4200 or info@littletraveler.com 


May 3, 2019 Glenview Senior Center 2400 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview, IL. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Denise Bliniek (224) 521-2554 or denise.blinick@glenviewparks.org


May 8, 2019 Ozaukee Family Services at Shully's Watermark 146 Greenbay Road, Thiamsville, WI. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Lisa Holtebeck (262) 376-7774 or lhotebeck@ozaukeefamilyservices.org


May 9, 2019 Northbrook Park District at Sunset Ridge Country Club Northfield, IL. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Laura Wassinger (630) 251- 5653 or lwassinger@nbparks.org


May 14, 2019 Plum Grove Book Group location TBD. Program: TBD Contact: Barbara Chwastek (847) 506-1390 or bchwastek@me.com  





BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY BARBARA RINELLA, 2019

Non Fiction:

  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, A Memoir, Tara Westover
  3. Grant & Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
  4. Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith
  5. Megan, A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton
  6. Fly Girls, Keith O'Brien
  7. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, William Hazelgrove
  8. In the Eye of the Hurricane, Nathaniel Philbrick
  9. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  10. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8, Robert Kurson
  11. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance
  12. Beauty in the Broken Places, a memoir by Allison Pataki (coming May 1st, 2018)
  13. 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
  14. George and Barbara Bush, A Great American Love Story, Ellie LeBlond Sosa & Kelly Anne Chase
  15. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush
  16. The Matriarch, Barbara Busgh & the Making of an American Dynasty, Susan Page
  17. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch,  Sally Bedell Smit
  18. Churchill, Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
  19. Hillbilly Elegy,A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  20. The Wright Brothers , The Path Between the Seas and The American Spirit, David McCullough
  21. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, William Hazelgrove
  22. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  23. Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, Lisa Beamer
  24. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  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. Sisters & Champions, The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams, Howard Bryant (young readers)
  30. Alexander Hamilton, The Outsider, Jean Fritz (middle school)
  31. Aaron and Alexander, The Most Famous Duel in American History, Don Brown (Young Readers)
  32. Harmony, A Vision for Our Future, The Prince of Wales(Young Readers)
  33. The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever,  Larry Kay & Chris Perondi


 Fiction: 


  1. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Jennifer Chiaveri
  2. Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution  by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki
  3. The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress & Sisi, The Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki
  4. The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  6. Circe, Madeline Miller
  7. The Perfect Couple, & Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  8. The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff
  9. Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn
  10. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  11. The Swans of Fifth Avenue and Girls in the Picture, Melanie Benjamin
  12. The Girl from Berlin, Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, The Trust and Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  13. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Laura Weisberger
  14. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  15. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
  16. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
  17. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, Gail Honeyman
  18. A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  19. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Winner of Pulitzer Prize 2015)
  20. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  21. The Woman in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
  22. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  23. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  24. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  25. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  26. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  27. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young readers or adults)
  28. I Will See You in Heaven,  Friar Jack Wintz
  29. The Land of Stories, Worlds Collide, Chris Colfer (Ages 10 to 12)
  30. The Story Orchestra, The Nutcracker, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (music)
  31. A Birth Day for Hannah, Linda Petrie Bunch (young readers)
  32. A Raid of No Return, Nathan Hales (Young Readers)
  33. Nelly Takes New York, Allison Pataki (young readers)
  34. Atrocious Poems A to Z, Thomas L.Vaultonburg and Jenny Mathews (young readers)
  35. Sudi, The Little Black and White Striped Zebra, Susanne Fruehauf (young readers)
  36. Our Great Big Backyard, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (young readers)
  37. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy