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A review of A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

In books, television and movies I love gray characters. I don't mean mole people who never see the sun, but those who are complicated (mostly because that's how real people are) and who aren't wholly good or wholly bad. Meredith Duran has written a romance that has both a heroine and a hero who are definitely in the gray category and they are all the more intriguing for it. Jane Mason inherited a large amount of money from her parents. Unfortunately she can only get access to it if she marries ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Who knows about vaudeville? Any specialists out there? I knew very little about vaudeville before reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters and it's a fascinating part of American cultural history. Vaudeville was a type of entertainment that was popular in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and shows consisted of individual performances or acts by comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and sometimes trained animals. Cinematic films were new, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

In Amsterdam, in 1943, Hanneke spends her days delivering illicit goods for her black market boss.  She’s learned that practicality must sometimes override morality during war.  When a client asks her to find the Jewish teenager she had been hiding, Hanneke doesn’t want to get involved, but guilt over her boyfriend’s death compels her to help.  Teaming up with her boyfriend’s brother, she sets out find the girl, eventually becoming involved in the Dutch resistance.  The ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has a way with the English language. I have devoured all her works of fiction, including The Namesake and The Lowland. Turns out Lahiri has a way with the Italian language as well. In Other Words is her first work of nonfiction, a memoir, written in Italian after Lahiri immersed herself in the language by moving to Italy with her family and reading and writing solely in Italian. The book features English and Italian back to ...read more

Reviewed by Mary F - Central on
March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles April will soon be here, and with it comes a nice flowering of anticipated titles. Thriller fans and mystery fans always have a generous pick of hot titles and April is no different. This month brings new works from favorites Sarah Paretsky, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline and Jeffrey Deaver, as well as new whodunits from Anne Cleeve, Ann Ross and Susan Albert Wittig. Fans of literary fiction will see the return of Pulitzer-winning Elizabeth Strout with Anything Is Possible, a ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Novellas aren't usually my thing. Not because I think they can't be good - but because they may be exactly that. I like to dive in and submerse myself in a book and when a novella is good, the primary feeling I have as I finish is of wanting more. Occasionally I do find the story that is perfectly suited to the novella form. I find an author who has such nice control of his plot and characters that the shorter length works wonderfully.  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2017 | 2 comments
A review of What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

A beautiful book that introduces numbers and counting. The illustrations are lush and uncluttered and the rhyming scheme of the text flows wonderfully. It includes some vocabulary that very young children probably haven't encountered yet, which is always a good thing. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
March 17, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Madison Public Library Insider Book Lists If you're a regular reader of MADreads you may already be an email subscriber to at least one of our Insider email lists (you can subscribe to a daily option). But for those of you who only drop in once in a while, or those who just didn't know an email notification is possible, I wanted to bring to your attention this and some of the other options available to your email inbox. MPL has many options for book and other news that you can have mailed to you. Subscribe to the Audiobook Update or ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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