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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 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 Fall, 2019, Cleopatra is returning, as many groups have requested that Barbara again bring to life Stacy Schiff's wonderful biography,  Cleopatra: A Life! New in November, 2019, 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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Programs Open to the Public:

 

Programs Open to the Public:


October 18, 2019-Glenview Senior Center 10:45am- Cleopatra -contact  Denise Blinick (224) 521-2554 denise.blinick@glenviewparks.org


October 24, 2019 - Windsor Park, Carol Stream, IL, 1:30pm - "A Visit with Julia and U. S. Grant" -contact Tamra Heitman (630) 510-5201 or tsheitman@covliving.org


October 25, 2019 - Winnetka Community House, IL, 10AM - "Tribute to George & Barbara Bush" - contact Patti Ruiz (847) 446-0537 or pattir@mywch.org 


Nov. 7, 2019 - St. Catherine's, St. Anne Guild , Glenview, IL - Mistress of the Ritz - contact Cathy Kee (847) 724-0170 or joedoor@aol.com


Nov. 9, 2019 - Sister Cities Comission, Hoffman Estates, IL - Where the Light Falls - contact Debbie Schoop (847) 791-2611 or debbie.schoop@hoffmanestates.org


Nov. 12, 2019 - The Little Traveler, Geneva, IL - "Tribute to George & Barbara Bush," contact Sandy Fisher(630) 232-4200 or infor@littletraveler.com


Nov. 13, 2019-Platinum Adventures at Biaggi's, Algonquin, IL-Fly Girls-contact Kimberly Knes (847)-888-7979 or kknes@elginstatebank.com


December Programs are for private groups, but sending all BEST for wonderful Happy Holidays!! 









BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY BARBARA RINELLA, 2019

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. Grant & Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
  6. Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith
  7. Megan, A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton
  8. Me, Elton John
  9. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  10. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  11. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, William Hazelgrove
  12. The Wright Brothers , The Pioneers, The Path Between the Seas and The American Spirit, David McCullough
  13. In the Eye of the Hurricane, Nathaniel Philbrick
  14. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8, Robert Kurson
  15. Beauty in the Broken Places, a memoir by Allison Patak
  16. From the Periphery, Real -life Stories of Disability, Pia Justesen 
  17. 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
  18. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch,  Sally Bedell Smit
  19. Churchill, Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
  20. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  21. Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, Lisa Beamer
  22. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  23. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  24. What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You, Jo Hoare
  25. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  26. The Chicago Picasso, Patricia Balton Stratton
  27. Save Me the Plums, My Gourmet Memoir, Ruth Reichl
  28. Sisters & Champions, The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams, Howard Bryant (young readers)
  29. Alexander Hamilton, The Outsider, Jean Fritz (middle school)
  30. Aaron and Alexander, The Most Famous Duel in American History, Don Brown (Young Readers)
  31. Harmony, A Vision for Our Future, The Prince of Wales(Young Readers)
  32. The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever,  Larry Kay & Chris Perondi


 Fiction: 


  1. The Mistress of the Ritz, Melanie Benjamin
  2. The Summer of '69, Elin Hilderbrand
  3.  Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule,  Jennifer Chiaverini
  4. Where the Light Falls, A Novel of the French Revolution, Allison Pataki &Owen Pataki
  5. The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress & Sisi, The Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki
  6. The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth CobbsMrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Jennifer Chiaverin
  7. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  8. Spoken, Melanie Weiss
  9. Lost Roses  & Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
  10. Save Me the Plums, Ruth Reichl
  11. The Nickel Boys,  Colson Whitehead
  12. The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff
  13. Meet Me in Monaco, Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
  14. The Girl from Berlin, Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, The Trust and Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  15. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Laura Weisberger
  16. The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
  17. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
  18. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  19. The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin
  20. The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott
  21. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
  22. A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  23. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr ( Pulitzer Prize 2015)
  24. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  25. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  26. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  27. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  28. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young readers or adults)
  29. The Story Orchestra, The Nutcracker, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (music)
  30. Nelly Takes New York, Allison Pataki (young readers)
  31. Atrocious Poems A to Z, Thomas L.Vaultonburg and Jenny Mathews (young readers)
  32. NoisyPets Peekaboo book, toddlers 
  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