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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, will be 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:


March 29, 2019, Blake Library, Stuart, FL. Program: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. Contact: Martin County Library Public Line: (772) 221-1403 or sopasik@martin.fl.us


April 6, 2019, Luther Village 1250 Village Drive, Arlington Heights, IL. Program: Hamilton, Contact: Diane Beyer (847) 670-7200 or dbeyer@luthervillage.com 


April 12, 2019 Hubbard Woods at Sunset Ridge Country Club Northfield, IL. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Jessica Brosche (312) 399-0092 or jbibrosche@gmail.com


April 17, 2019 Plymouth Place 315 North La Grange Road, La Grange, IL. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Janet McDermed (708) 579-2012 or janetmcdermed@gmail.com 


April 24, 2019 Platinum Adventures Elgin State Bank at Biaggi's in Algonquin, IL. Program: A Tribute to George and Barbara Bush, Contact: Kimberly Knew (847) 888-7979 or kknes@elginstatebank.com 


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. Harry, Life, Loss and Love, Ktie Nicholl
  7. Fly Girls, Keith O'Brien
  8. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story, William Hazelgrove
  9. In the Eye of the Hurricane, Nathaniel Philbrick
  10. Surviving Your Dream Vacation, Pamela Carey
  11. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8, Robert Kurson
  12. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, Ashlee Vance
  13. Beauty in the Broken Places, a memoir by Allison Pataki (coming May 1st, 2018)
  14. 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
  15. George and Barbara Bush, A Great American Love Story, Ellie LeBlond Sosa & Kelly Anne Chase
  16. Sisters First, Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush
  17. The News Sorority, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour–and the Triumph of Women in TV News, Sheila Weller
  18. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch,  Sally Bedell Smit
  19. Churchill, Walking with Destiny, Andrew Roberts
  20. Finding the Dragon Lady,The Mystery of  Vietnam’s Madame Nhu, Monique Brinson Demery
  21. Hillbilly Elegy,A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  22. Make Your Bed, Admiral William H. McRaven
  23. The Wright Brothers , The Path Between the Seas and The American Spirit, David McCullough
  24. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  25. Let’s Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage, Lisa Beamer
  26. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  27. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  28. What Your Dog’s Breed Says About You, Jo Hoare
  29. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  30. The Chicago Picasso, Patricia Balton Stratton
  31. Sisters & Champions, The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams, Howard Bryant (young readers)
  32. Alexander Hamilton, The Outsider, Jean Fritz (middle school)
  33. Aaron and Alexander, The Most Famous Duel in American History, Don Brown (Young Readers)
  34. Harmony, A Vision for Our Future, The Prince of Wales(Young Readers


 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. Unconditional Surrender, The Romance of Julia and Ulysses S. Grant, Patricia Cameron
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  7. Circe, Madeline Miller
  8. The Perfect Couple, & Winter in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand
  9. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
  10. Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn
  11. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  12. The Swans of Fifth Avenue and Girls in the Picture, Melanie Benjamin
  13. The Girl from Berlin, Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, The Trust and Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  14. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Laura Weisberger
  15. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
  16. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan
  17. Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
  18. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, Gail Honeyman
  19. A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  20. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Winner of Pulitzer Prize 2015)
  21. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  22. The Woman in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck
  23. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  24. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  25. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  26. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  27. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  28. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young readers or adults)
  29. I Will See You in Heaven,  Friar Jack Wintz
  30. The Land of Stories, Worlds Collide, Chris Colfer (Ages 10 to 12)
  31. The Story Orchestra, The Nutcracker, Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle (music)
  32. A Birth Day for Hannah, Linda Petrie Bunch (young readers)
  33. A Raid of No Return, Nathan Hales (Young Readers)
  34. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Wendy Mass (Young Readers)
  35. Atrocious Poems A to Z, Thomas L.Vaultonburg and Jenny Mathews (young readers)
  36. Sudi, The Little Black and White Striped Zebra, Susanne Fruehauf (young readers)
  37. Our Great Big Backyard, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (young readers)
  38. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy