Review of The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

ImageHave you ever read a book that left you scratching your head and wondering what the heck you just read when you finish it? That happened to me last night. I devoured The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell in a matter of days.

The Other Typist was set in 1925, Prohibition-era New York City. Rose Baker, an orphan who was raised by nuns, is a typist in a police precinct. She transcribes confessions given by criminals. She is conservative and plays by the rules. Until Odalie starts working at the precinct, too. Rose quickly becomes obsessed with the daring Odalie, with her bobbed hair and seemingly never-ending supply of cash. Odalie outfits Rose in short dresses, takes her to underground speakeasies, and convinces her to dabble in some illegal behaviors. In the end, Rose has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to keep her friendship with Odalie. Or does she?

I’m a huge fan of unreliable narrators. I’ve always liked not being sure if the narrator is being truthful. But I think Rose is the most unreliable narrator ever. I have some theories about Rose and how the book ended, but I don’t want to spoil anything. All I’ll say is that I haven’t stopped thinking about the ending of the book since last night!

Here’s a list of some of my favorite books featuring unreliable narrators:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gillman

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Town Hall Meeting at East Cleveland Public Library: Impact of Ohio House Bill 59



Monday, August 5, 2013
Greg L. Reese Performing Arts Center

East Cleveland Public Library encourages the citizens of East Cleveland to attend a Town Hall Meeting, which addresses issues from Ohio House Bill 59, the State of Ohio’s Main Operating Budget for fiscal year 2014 and 2015. Refreshments will be served.


  • Senator Nina Turner (D): Ohio Senate District 25
  • Representative Sandra Williams (D): Ohio House District 11
  • Representative Armond Budish (D): Ohio House District 8
  • Special Guest Moderator Reverend Leah C.K. Lewis


  • Cuts of Ohio’s School Funding: Including Funding for Higher Education
  • Abolishment of Women’s Rights: Including Provisions Restricting Women’s Access to Adequate Healthcare
  • Increases in Sales and Property Taxes
  • The Elimination of Funding for Job Opportunities and Workforce Training


  • On site registration and sign-in will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Pre-registration is available at
  • The Debra Ann November Learning Center will be open to the community for the viewing of the Icabod Flewellen African Art Collection

Please plan to attend!

Summer Reading Program is Here!

It’s summer time, and that means Summer Reading is here! East Cleveland Public Library offers programs for patrons of all ages, so make sure you get reading this summer! The Summer Reading Programs last until August 4, so don’t miss out.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program, Dream Big, Read! is open to children ages 6 to 12. Register in the Children’s Department. Each child will create a reading log and add to it as they read. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program and compete with their children. Reading a book to your child counts as an entry for the Adult Summer Reading Program! Look for a puppet show happening this summer, too!

Teens, get ready for Own the Night! Register in the Teen Department and start on your reading log. Participants will be eligible for weekly prize drawings on top of the grant prize drawing! The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to teens ages 13-17.

Adults, get ready to read and rate books to be entered in the grand prize drawing. After you’re done reading a book, just pick up a review slip at the reference desk and rate the book you just finished. There are no limits to the number of entries you can submit, so the more you read, the greater your chances are of winning! Between the Covers, the Adult Summer Reading Program, is open to participants 18 years of age or older.

We look forward to seeing you at the library this summer. Happy reading!

Summer Cooling Assistance

Cleveland, OH – May 30th, 2012 – The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) will begin accepting Summer Cooling Program applications on June 1st, 2012 a full month in advance of previous years.

Income eligible households with a member who is sixty (60) years of age or older, households with a member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, or households that have a disconnection notice can receive an air conditioner or assistance for payment of a utility bill. To receive an air conditioner, no physician’s documentation of illness is needed for households with a member sixty (60) years or older. Others who cannot present a disconnection notice for their electric services must have documentation of a qualifying illness. The maximum benefit for both the electric energy bill and the air conditioner cannot exceed a total of $250. Households that have received an air conditioner in 2009, 2010 or 2011 are not eligible to receive another air conditioner.

“We are excited that the program has been extended for another full month,” says Evelyn Rice, Vice President of Community Services for CEOGC. “with many predicting a hot summer, this program could end up saving many lives of elderly or sick residents.”

For a household of one, the qualifying standard is $22,340 annually; for two, $30,260; for three, $38,180; and, for four, $46,100. Documentation of income, social security numbers for all household members, and current energy bills must be presented when County residents apply for assistance.

Residents are encouraged to make appointments by calling (216) 518-4014. The line is accessible 24 hours each day, 7 days a week. Those who cannot come into the office should call (216) 263-6266 to request a home visit. The CEOGC Housing Services Office located at 1849 Prospect Avenue will accept 45 walk-in applicants each day beginning at 7:30 AM and give priority attention to households with members who are 60 years of age of older. The Housing Services Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Residents who schedule appointments may be seen at the CEOGC Housing Services Office or one their affiliated service locations.

The final day to apply for summer cooling assistance is August 31st, 2012.

The library does not have any applications for this program. You must contact CEOGC at (216) 518-4014.

A History Lesson

The East Cleveland Public Library is quickly approaching Founder’s Day. On May 29, 1913, a seven member library board was founded by the East Cleveland School Board to build a library in the city of East Cleveland.

Andrew Carnegie gave $35,000 for the building in 1914. At the opening in 1916, it was discovered that 129 light bulbs were needed and those were a gift from Nela Park. John D. Rockefeller advanced $3,600 in 1916 to purchase adjacent land so that the Library could not be hemmed in by other buildings. And in 1945, more land was purchased for a foreseeable expansion.

North Branch Library started out on the second floor of the Shaw Avenue Fire Station in 1921. North Branch Library went through several changes before ending up in the building on Hayden Avenue.

Caledonia Branch started in 1927 in a portable building and achieved a permanent home in 1956, in a building that was actually in Cleveland Heights, but in the East Cleveland School District.

In 1952, a new wing added to the main building meant three tiers of stacks, an auditorium, study rooms, offices, and work space, which greatly enlarged service potential service. In 1967, the porch was made into a magazine and music room for year round use.

In 2005, another new wing was added to the Library, including a state of art performing arts center, computer lab, audio-visual room, and children’s room.

Due to financial constraints, North and Caledonia Branches were closed in December 2009.

Over the years, East Cleveland Public Library has met the changing needs of its community. During the Great Depression, it became a place for patrons to get warm. Currently, the Library represents a place of community, were citizens can access information, check out movies and books, and gather for meetings.

Information from A History of East Cleveland by Ellen Loughry Price (1970).

Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month, so make sure you stop by East Cleveland Public Library to check out a new book or an old favorite!

I’m one of those people who likes to revisit a book I’ve read before, but only if it’s one I really liked. One of my favorite books ever is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read that book. For some reason, I always seem to pick it up in the summer. Maybe it’s because I have fewer things to do or maybe it’s because I first read the book during the summer? I can’t even remember.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a fictionalized account of a young girl’s introduction to life as a Geisha in 1920s Japan. Chiyo and her sister are both sold by their father when their mother dies. Not only do you learn so much about the Geisha lifestyle, but there’s a lot of Japanese history packed in as well, from Sumo wrestling to rationing during WWII. Chiyo makes a lot of enemies throughout the book, but also several powerful friends.

Memoirs of a Geisha is highly recommended, especially if you like rich, historical novels with happy endings.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the East Cleveland Public Library are holding their annual Book Sale this week! Starting on Thursday, October 6, 2011, come in and check out some great deals on books for adults and children, movies, and audiobooks.

The book sale only lasts until Saturday, October 8, 2011 so don’t miss out!

The sale begins at 11:00 am every day and ends at 5:00 pm. Hope to see you there!