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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 program for Spring 2020 is a dramatization of The Queen's Fortune by Allison Pataki, an amazing historical fiction novel of the life of Desiree Clary! Current programs  include  "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, plus  a dramatization of Fly Girls, How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds And Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Come meet Barbara  and George Bush or 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."  For 2020, Cleopatra is returning, as many groups have requested that Barbara again bring to life Stacy Schiff's wonderful biography,  Cleopatra: A Life! New in 2020, will be a program on The Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin! Barbara is also still presenting her 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 Julia Dent Grant from Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini , 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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Events

April 6, 2020

Dekalb County Farm Bureau

1:00pm - 2:00pm

at 1350 West Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL

Event Details

April 6, 2020

Dekalb County Farm Bureau

"Tribute to George & Barbara Bush" Contact Mariam Wassman at 815-756-6361 or mariamwassman@dekalbfarmbureau.org

1:00pm - 2:00pm

at 1350 West Prairie Drive Sycamore, IL


Events

April 15, 2020

Plymouth Place

10:30am - 3:00pm

315 North La Grange Road La Grange, IL

Event Details

April 15, 2020

Plymouth Place

The Queen's Fortune of  Contact Janet McDermed at 708-579-2012 or janetmcdermed@gmail.com

10:30am - 3:00pm

315 North La Grange Road La Grange, IL


Events

May 5, 2020

Destinations with Nadine, INc.

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Royal Melbourne Country Club

Event Details

May 5, 2020

Destinations with Nadine, INc.

The Queen's Fortune Contact Nadine Mihaljevic at 847-902-8064 or destinationswithnadine@gmail.com

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Royal Melbourne Country Club


Events

May 20, 2020

Platinum Adventures Elgin State Bank

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Biaggi's Ristorante 1524 South Randall Road Algonquin, IL

Event Details

May 20, 2020

Platinum Adventures Elgin State Bank

Cleopatra: A Life! Contact Kimberly Knes at 847-888-7979 or kknes@elginstatebank.com  

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Biaggi's Ristorante 1524 South Randall Road Algonquin, IL


BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY BARBARA RINELLA, 2020

Non Fiction:

  1. Fly Girls, Keith O'Brien 
  2. George and Barbara Bush, A Great American Love Story, Ellie LeBlond Sosa & Kelly Anne Chase
  3. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush
  4. Educated, A Memoir, Tara Westover
  5. Speak, Love Your Story. Your Audience is Waiting. Sally Lou Oaks Loveman
  6. Grant & Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
  7. Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith
  8. Megan, A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton
  9. Me, Elton John
  10. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  11. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  12. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, William Hazelgrove
  13. The Wright Brothers , The Pioneers, The Path Between the Seas and The American Spirit, David McCullough
  14. In the Eye of the Hurricane, Nathaniel Philbrick
  15. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8, Robert Kurson
  16. Beauty in the Broken Places, a memoir by Allison Patak
  17. From the Periphery, Real -life Stories of Disability, Pia Justesen 
  18. 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
  19. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch,  Sally Bedell Smit
  20. Churchill, Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
  21. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  22. Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, Lisa Beamer
  23. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  24. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  25. What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You, Jo Hoare
  26. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  27. The Chicago Picasso, Patricia Balton Stratton
  28. Save Me the Plums, My Gourmet Memoir, Ruth Reichl
  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. The Queen's Fortune, Allison Pataki 
  2. The Mistress of the Ritz, Melanie Benjamin
  3. The Guardians, John Grisham
  4. The Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  5.  Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule,  Jennifer Chiaverini
  6. Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution, Allison Pataki &Owen Pataki
  7. The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress & Sisi, The Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki
  8. The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs 
  9. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Jennifer Chiaverin
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  11. Lost Roses  & Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
  12. The Nickel Boys,  Colson Whitehead
  13. The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff
  14. Meet Me in Monaco, Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
  15.  Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  16. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Laura Weisberger
  17. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  18. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
  19. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  20. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
  21. The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott
  22. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
  23. A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  24. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr ( Pulitzer Prize 2015)
  25. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  26. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  27. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  28. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy
  29. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young readers or adults)
  30. The Story Orchestra, The Nutcracker, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (music)
  31. Nelly Takes New York, Nelly Takes Paris, Allison Pataki (young readers)
  32. Atrocious Poems A to Z, Thomas L.Vaultonburg and Jenny Mathews (young readers)
  33. NoisyPets Peekaboo book, toddlers 
  34. Our Great Big Backyard, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (young readers)
  35. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy