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 has just been featured in the November, 2015, issue of the new, so go online to the site and under "Current," click on "Guest Stars" and you will see Barbara as Cleopatra. Click and read all about Barbara's dynamic presentations!  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: 

November 20, 2015 Western Springs Senior Center at Grand Avenue Community Center 2:00p. The News Sorority Program. Contact Mic Cagney (708) 246-3299

December 1, 2015 Plum Grove Book Group at Arboretum Club Buffalo Grove 1:15p. Accidental Empress Program. Contact Marylou Burger 847-397-8168

December 2, 2015 Inverness Book Group at Inverness Country Club 10:00a. Accidental Empress Program. Contact Kathy Klein 847-310-0897

December 4, 2015 Pioneer Center D'Andrea Banquets Crystal Lake 1:00p. The News Sorority Program. Contact Barbara Swanson 815-759-7144

December 8 and 9, 2015 Kenilworth Neighbors at Keniloworth Club 1:00p. The News Sorority Program. Contact Christine Guthrie 847-920-0166

December 10, 2015 Realtors Group at Sunset Ridge Country Club 12:00n. The News Sorority Program. Contact Bonnie Wilson 847-226-7292




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. The Wright Brothers and The Path Between the Seas,  David McCullough
  7. The Residence, Inside the Private World of the White House, Kate Andersen Brower
  8. Chicken Soup for the Soul, Think Possible, Amy Newmark and Deborah Norville
  9. Escape Points, A memoir by Michele Weldon
  10. Catherine, the Great: Portrait of a Woman,  Robert K. Massie
  11. Primates of Park Avenue, a memoir, Wednesday Martin
  12. 41, A Portrait of My Father, George W. Bush
  13. Victura, The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea, James W. Graham
  14. These Few Precious Days, The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, Christopher Andersen
  15. Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy, Kate Larson
  16. The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved, Christopher Andersen
  17. Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff 
  18. UniChef, Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World's Children, cookbook by Hilary Gumbel
  19. Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains, Brian Hoey
  20. Coco Chanel,An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney
  21. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,  Laura Hillenbrand
  22. Steve Jobs  &   Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson
  23. Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, foreword by Caroline Kennedy
  24. Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Clint Hill
  25. Born to Be King, Prince Charles on Planet Windsor, Catherine Mayer
  26. I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing Nora Ephron, The MOST of Nora Ephron (new 2013)
  27. The Joy of Mom, Celebrating a Mother's Love, Vicki Reese
  28. PAWS Chicago 2016 Calendar - order at to see Spencie Rinella and his friends!
  29. The Boys In the Boat, Daniel James Brown


  1. The Traitor's Wife, and The Accidental Empress, 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. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  8. The Fortune Hunter, Daisy Goodwin
  9. Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg
  10. The Sympathizer, Viet thanh Nguyen
  11. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  12. What the Lady Wants and White Collar Girl, Renee Rosen
  13. Go Set A Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  14. In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
  15. History of the Rain, Niall Williams
  16. The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue (coming Jan., 2016) Melanie Benjamin
  17. Claude and Camille, A Novel of Monet, Stephanie Cowell
  18. The Painted Girls, Cathy Marie Buchanan
  19. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  20. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  21. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
  22. Wonder, R.J. Palacio (young adult)
  23. Who Was Albert Einstein? Jess Brallier (ages 8 to 12)
  24. A Lion in Paris, Beatrice Alemagna (children's book)
  25. What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss (children's book)
  26. Really Important Stuff My Dog Has Taught Me, Cynthia L. Copeland
  27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School Jeff Kinney
  28. - website for personalized children's books!!
  29. Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy
Subscribe to RSS