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A review of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

On the surface Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking is a clinical exploration of the effects of grief, but in reality it is an intimate porthole to a deeply personal year of loss and grieving for the author. In a way, it is a literary survivor’s guide to widowhood. Didion turns to literature to untangle the web of feelings and thought patterns that occur in the wake of unexpected tragedy. She studies it like any academician, with the idea that with enough studying, she can dissect it to its ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 20, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak

Halloween is on its way, and it’s never too early to find your perfect costume. That’s exactly what Monster Needs a Costume is all about. But he really can’t decide. Watch as Monster tries on some amazing costumes, including an astronaut and a pear, and even dresses up as a cowboy in a ten-gallon hat. Enjoy his exploits when he dresses up as a ballerina, and even a ninja. (It's hard to be stealthy when you are nine feet tall!) Finally, discover what he chooses for his final, super creative ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
October 17, 2014 | 0 comments
Top 10 Literary Travel Books Do you need to get away, but have neither the time or the funds? Then check out some of the titles on Booklist's new Top 10 Literary Travel Books: 2014. Hopefully there is a title that we satisfy your need to roam and take you to some place you've never been. The Broken Road: From the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Scavengers by Michael Perry

When I went to a recent Michael Perry event I wasn’t planning to buy his new book, The Scavengers, because it’s a kids’ book. But after a few passages read aloud in Perry’s signature down-home-wisdom style, I was hooked. So I bought** the book and devoured it in about two sittings, forgetting very quickly that it was even supposed to be a kids’ book (don’t worry, it’s ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 15, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from October 13–28, 2014.  The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Swamp chomp by Lola M. Schaefer

The water in the swamp is rippling.... All the animals and insects of the swamp are preparing for lunch, so get ready to nibble, gulp, snap and CHOMP along!  Packed with vivid verbs, Swamp Chomp is a perfect pick for the preschool set.  A bonus endnote even explains food chains--gobble this goody up before it gets away! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins

If you’re like me, discovering Tom Robbins in my late teens and early twenties was like opening a door to a whole new appreciation of books and literature. Robbins’s art of description and imagination transports beyond the traditional canon of literature and explores worlds where the body of Jesus Christ is discovered and finds a home in a roadside attraction, and where big-thumbed women ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
October 9, 2014 | 0 comments
New Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading. In honor of Autumn I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to curl up by the fire and read. Most are new stories with old friends, but I've found a few new ones to try out as well.  Which favorite character would you like to go on an adventure with? ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

I first discovered Michael Koryta this summer after reading his thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, a heart-stopping story about a young boy in witness protection hiding out in the fire ravaged Montana Beartooth Mountains where serial killers are on the hunt to find him. I wasn’t wild about the ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Here comes Raina in a new young adult graphic novel that explores her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Amara. The family is headed on a cross-country trip through the mountains from California to Colorado for a family reunion. The home environment is tense, the travelling is fraught with chaos and the final destination is disappointing. Raina and Amara have been at odds since day one, but must band together to face certain crises on this trip. The girls are not exactly best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2014 | 0 comments