Best New Titles for May The May list of librarian picks is up at LibraryReads and heading the list is a young adult novel, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In addition to this great novel, the list has a great mix that will have something for everyone. The Bees by Lalline Paul is set entirely in a beehive. Flora 717 is a sanitation worker in the hive and of the more

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April 15, 2014 | 0 comments
Nevada Barr Event Join other mystery and book club enthusiasts and bestselling author Nevada Barr for the biggest book club ever! This free event begins on April 24th at 6 pm with library facilitated book discussions of The Rope by Nevada Barr. At 7:30, Nevada Barr will give a brief reading followed by a question and answer session using questions identified in book group discussions. Books will be sold at the event and more

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April 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue truly broke out, literarily speaking, with her contemporary psychological thriller, Room which came out a few years ago. But the novel that first got her real critical notice was her historical novel, more

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March 26, 2014 | 0 comments
Spring Fancies My last post was all about dark and twisty tales. But spring begins today. Really. It does. Gone are the gray days of winter (probably not, but we can hope) and my fancy has turned to happier, lighter things. If you are also looking for a break from the darker days of winter, here are a couple of fun, charmers to lighten the mood. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is the first in a trilogy more

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March 20, 2014 | 0 comments
Survivor Fiction I've decided to create a new subgenre and call it "Survivor Fiction". First I'll tell you what these aren't. They aren't about the last survivor of a plane crash or fictional takeoffs of the tv show about a group of people competing until the last man is standing (i.e. much of the dystopian fiction being written). What they are, are books about characters who've come through terrible events and survived. And not only have they survived, but they've done so by working very hard to make sure they more

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March 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Don't Talk To Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams

This third in the Keye Street series by Amanda Kyle Williams is her best yet.  Keye is an investigator/consultant running her own office in Atlanta. She does a little bit of everything; including background checks, catching bail jumpers, and because of her former job as an FBI profiler, sometimes consulting with local police when a serial killer may be working. The most recent more

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March 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

A while back I reviewed Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie - a science fiction book that was getting almost universal praise (including mine) for its ambitious world-building and clever examination of gender and identity - and now I've found a fantasy novel that is equally ambitious and successfully so. The titular more

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February 27, 2014 | 0 comments
Our Winter Reading I was looking at my recent reads trying to decide what book to talk about here and when I got a little stumped I decided to ask my co-workers about their reading instead. With this never-ending winter it seems we've been doing a fair amount of reading. Tina just started a graphic novel about dinosaurs called, Dinosaurs: In the Beginning which she says is pretty AWESOME. She's also been consulting more

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February 26, 2014 | 0 comments
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Reading Suggestions from Librarians Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, February 24 for our first ever Facebook online event.Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook page from 5:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll respond with another title we think you’ll enjoy. more

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February 20, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Above the door at Island Books it says "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World" which is the best description I have for this quiet, lovely book. Bookstore owner A. J. Fikry is struggling, really he's slowly killing himself. His beloved wife Nik was killed in a car accident and he has lost his will to live. He goes through the motions, irritably dealing with the business of his bookstore, and drinking himself to sleep every night. But, really he can't see the point. A couple of events force more

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February 11, 2014 | 0 comments