Book Dramatist

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. Barbara is getting raves for her dramatization of Allison Pataki's fantastic second novel, The Accidental Empress. Powerful, beautiful Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Hapsburgs will come to life for more wonderful historical fiction, based on "juicy history." Barbara is also getting cheers for her program on The News Sorority, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour--and the Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller. Respect, appreciation, competition, envy and differences will emerge as one gets to know the Big Three Sorority girls!  Barbara is still having a ball with her dramatization of The Traitor's Wife, The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America by Allison Pataki. This fabulous historical fiction reveals how beautiful Philadelphia socialite Peggy Shippen, who loved to party with the British officers, will end up marrying Benedict Arnold and play a significant role in his treachery to the Patriot's cause!  Another current, popular program is bringing to life Finding the Dragon Lady, The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu by Monique Brinson Demery, filled with astounding history and some spectacular stories about the author!  Ms. Rinella is also presenting a wonderful program on Elizabeth the Queen, The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith. Please pay homage to spectacular Queen Elizabeth II, who just broke Queen Victoria's record to become the longest reigning British Monarch ever! For Spring, 2016, Barbara is creating two new programs. She will brimg to life The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin and Paula McLain's novel Circuling the Sun about Beryl Markham. Ms. Rinella also gives a current list of her “favorite reads” at each program. Contact information and her updated reading list are given below. 

Events open to the Public: 

March 9 & 10 - Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, FL. The News Sorority Program at Quail West CC. Contact: Nancy Gonzalez: (239)495-8989 or

March 22 - Blake Library, Stuart, FL. The News Sorority program. Contact Geroge Seaman: (772)463-2895 or

March 23 - Ibis Golf and CC Event, West Palm Beach, FL. The News Sorority program. Contact: Jennifer Byrn (561)624-8500 x5103 or


Phone:(847) 251-1164



Non Fiction

  1. Elizabeth the Queen,The Life of a Modern Monarch, Sally Bedell Smith
  2. The News Sorority, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour--and the Triumph of Women in TV News, Sheila Weller
  3. Finding the Dragon Lady,The Mystery of  Vietnam's Madame Nhu, Monique Brinson Demery
  4. They Are All My Family by John Riordan with Monique Brinson Demery
  5. It'sWhat I Do, A Photographer's Life of Love and War, Lynsey Addario
  6. Killing Reagan, Bill O'Reilly
  7. The Wright Brothers and The Path Between the Seas,  David McCullough
  8. The Witches, Salem, 1692 and Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
  9. The Residence, Inside the Private World of the White House, Kate Andersen Brower
  10. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Think Possible, Amy Newmark and Deborah Norville
  11. Escape Points, A memoir by Michele Weldon
  12. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  13. What if..? How to Create the Life you Want Using the Power of Possibility, Martina E. Faulkner
  14. 41, A Portrait of My Father, George W. Bush
  15. Victura, The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea, James W. Graham
  16. These Few Precious Days, The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, Christopher Andersen
  17. Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy, Kate Larson
  18. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  19. UniChef, Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World's Children, cookbook by Hilary Gumbel
  20. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  21. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  22. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,  Laura Hillenbrand
  23. Steve Jobs  &   Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
  24. Who Was Albert Einstein? Jess Brallier (ages 8 to 12)
  25. Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, foreword by Caroline Kennedy
  26. Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Clint Hill
  27. Born to Be King, Prince Charles on Planet Windsor, Catherine Mayer
  28. I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing Nora Ephron, The MOST of Nora Ephron (new 2013)
  29. The Joy of Mom, Celebrating a Mother's Love, Vicki Reese
  30. PAWS Chicago 2016 Calendar - order at to see Spencie Rinella and his friends!
  31. The Boys In the Boat, Daniel James Brown


  1. The Traitor's Wife, The Accidental Empress, and Sisi, Empress on Her Own ,Allison Pataki
  2. Circling The Sun, Paula McLain
  3. TheArt Forger, B.A. Shapiro
  4. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  5. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
  6. Saving Sophie and Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson
  7. Fugitive Colors, Lisa Barr
  8. Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel, C. W. Gortner
  9. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  10. Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg
  11. The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild
  12. The Sympathizer, Viet thanh Nguyen
  13. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  14. What the Lady Wants and White Collar Girl, Renee Rosen
  15. Go Set A Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  16. Deadly News, Don Farmer with Chris Curle
  17. History of the Rain, Niall Williams
  18. The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue (coming Jan., 2016) Melanie Benjamin
  19. Claude and Camille, A Novel of Monet, Stephanie Cowell
  20. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  21. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  22. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young adult)
  23. A Lion in Paris, Beatrice Alemagna (children's book)
  24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Illustrated Edition, J.K. Rowling (Ages 8 and up)
  25. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me, Cynthia L. Copeland
  26. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School Jeff Kinney
  27. - website for personalized children's books!!
  28. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy
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