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A review of On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Lands of the Nomads by Tim Cope

The Eurasian steppe is of such a vast scale, it is hard to get one’s mind around. Stretching from Mongolia across southern Russia and Kazakhstan and ending on the banks of the Danube in Hungary, its terrain varies from rich soil and pasture to arid deserts with temperatures varying over a hundred degrees annually. It was out of this region that Genghis Khan and his hordes came in the thirteenth century, bringing their fast and devastating warfare to the eastern reaches of Europe, completing ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Verdict by Nick Stone

I had few expectations of The Verdict when I began reading. I knew it was a legal mystery (always a draw for me) and that the protagonist was going to be part of the defense team for a man he hates (that was the hook in the description). But I'd read nothing else by the author or any reviews of the book, so other than knowing those things, it was a total mystery (ha! sorry for the pun). Turns out it's going to be one of my best of the year. Don't you love when that happens? So here's ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

Now that we are at the season when our thoughts turn to celebration and by extension, food, I thought I would write a bit about food and cooking. Growing up in a small town in the center of the state of Wisconsin, my family grew most of our fruits and vegetables in the large lot in back of our house (it was so large in fact, that when combined with the vacant lot next door, it was also the neighborhood baseball field). We had apple and pear trees, a number of rhubarb plants, an asparagus bed ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
November 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Euphoria by Lily King

anthropologynoun the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture theology dealing with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings Lily King's book Euphoria takes place in the 1930s when the science of anthropology was shifting from the study of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 25, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

You might know Emma Donoghue from her bestselling novel Room (now a motion picture). The Sealed Letter is nothing like Room, but it is also based on historical events, and as impressively researched and depicted as Room was. Based on historical events in England in 1864, The Sealed Letter centers on a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
November 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of I Can Roar by Frank Asch

“I Can Roar” is one of Frank Asch’s newest books and it is adorable.  There are pages and pages of various animals, one per page, with a large circle cutout so you can hold it up to your face and make oodles of animal noises.  It is great fun.  I tried this at a daycare and had to be careful not to frighten the young ones with my enthusiasm. I just toned it down a bit…but with your own child it will be a hoot!  You could also sit in front of a mirror and hold it up to your ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
November 20, 2015 | 0 comments
National Book Awards Announced by The National Book Foundation, a group comprised of American booksellers and publishers, held the National Book Awards on November 18. Recognizing excellence in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature, the awards have honored authors such as William Faulkner, Louise Erdrich, Lucille Clifton and Katherine Paterson in previous years. This year’s fiction winner is Adam Johnson for his short story collection Fortune Smiles, a book that definitely made an impact with me ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 19, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of You by Caroline Kepnes

This debut, chilling novel was listed by Suspense Magazine's as one of the Best Books of 2014. Follow along with Joe Goldberg, as he creates his true love story after spying Guinevere Beck in his bookstore. All he has to do is Google the name off her credit card. What starts off as something you or I can perhaps imagine doing with a guilty conscious, becomes a game of cat and mouse, where the mouse can't even fathom there being a ...read more

Reviewed by Carrie on
November 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Piu Marie Eatwell

The image of the English aristocrat as harmless eccentric is as old as, well, English aristocrats, but author Piu Marie Eatwell may have found the ne plus ultra of eccentricity in the person of William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, the fifth Duke of Portland. The fifth duke is the duke referred to in Eatwell’s The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse, an historical account of an actual case that transpired in Edwardian England. Known as a highly introverted individual, ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Don't let the hefty size of the book deter you from accompanying an enchanted harmonica through the years as it enters and leaves the lives of four children. Think of it as beautifully crafted short stories that are bound together in one novel. The writing will draw you into the issues of the times such as, the beginning of the Holocaust in Germany, the Great Depression and the effects of WWII in California.  You will rally for the characters and hope that luck and good fortune is in their ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 13, 2015 | 0 comments
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