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A review of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Ask anyone about a notorious shipwreck, and they will more than likely respond with the Titanic disaster of 1912. Yet a mere three years later, another grand ocean liner met an equally disastrous fate, the repercussions of which would be felt far beyond those immediately involved. May 7th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, the giant Cunard liner that many felt could not, would not fall victim to Germany’s submarine warfare against British ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

As a huge fan of historical fiction and someone who also appreciates a good horror flick, I'd be lying if I said the title of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender wasn't the deal-maker when it came time to choose a new read. I assumed the novel might take place around the French Revolution; however, it's actually a modern-day tale. Our narrator, Colette, is your typical teenage girl attending a private school in Ohio on scholarship: balancing complicated family ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended History Do you like to read about another time or another place?  Then check out some of the new history books from a new upcoming library booklist--History Books, Recommended in 2014.  Or you can even subscribe to the Library Insider Newsletter History, which comes out every other month. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 26, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

This fiction debut sings. Literally. Much of the action takes place in a Philadelphia jazz club called The Cat's Pajamas and one of the main characters is a nine-year-old girl named Madeleine Altimari whose dream is to sing on stage. Madeleine has the kind of mouth on her that sings like an angel and swears like a sailor and this makes for a very entertaining novel.  There are several revolving and related storylines that involve Madeleine, her teacher, the school principal and the owner ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her “An American Heiress in London" series with Catch a Falling Heiress. It starts with a group of friends who plot to ruin a man. Stuart, the Duke of Margrave (his story is in How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days), has called his friends together to ask them to hem him ruin an ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creature Features by Steve Jenkins

Some animals are cute and cuddly, some are ferocious and scary, and some are just plain weird.  In this book, 25 animals explain some of their stranger features.  They might look odd to us, but those features are important to the animal’s survival.  So, why is a giraffe’s tongue purple?  Why is the Egyptian vulture’s face bald?  I’ll let them tell you! ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Moomin and the Golden Tail by Jansson Tove

Though this is a children’s book and a graphic novel, two categories I’m not normally too familiar with, I can recommend this book for readers of all ages. The illustrations are simple, but engaging, and the story can be appreciated on several different levels. There is a series of Swedish comics and graphic novels about the Moomins, a hippo-esque clan that teaches us about life through endearing capers. In this one, we learn about what happens when the thinning of tail hairs results in the ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

It’s become more popular of late to take historical figures and reimagine their lives with a fictional treatment. Hilary Mantel’s excellent Wolf Hall, Paula McCann’s bestseller The Paris Wife and Therese Fowler’s Z: A Novel ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber

I just finished reading the first three books in Anna Lee Huber's mystery series featuring Lady Darby and each book got better then the last. The series is set in 1830s Scotland and The Anatomist's Wife introduces the widowed Lady Darby. Lady Darby has been hiding out at the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Scotland since the death of her husband. Her husband was a physician and an anatomist, but he did not have the talent to draw the bodies he dissected. After his death ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 13, 2015 | 0 comments