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A review of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

In this cookbook/memoir food writer and critic, and former editor of Gourmet Magazine takes us through the difficult year after her magazine closed, and the recipes that helped ease her back into her first food love: home cooking. This book is perfect for those among us that enjoy reading cookbooks as much as or more than we enjoy cooking. I listened to My Kitchen Year on audio (read by the author, spectacular)-- and it included all the recipes. I never thought I'd be so ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
April 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Story of Space Travel: a Max Axiom Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup

Meet Max Axiom, Super Scientist.  Max Axiom is the brainy superhero of a series of accessible books about various STEM topics.  Axiom has a complete back-story, like any superhero.  And his superpowers include super intelligence, the ability to shrink to the size of an atom, a lab coat that allows time travel and sunglasses that provide x-ray vision. Written for ages 7 – 12 in a comic book format, the series titles include sound scientific facts and information, great ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 21, 2017 | 0 comments
Big Library Read Vote to help choose the next Overdrive Big Library Read (BLR)! They're focusing on adult literary/general fiction this time around. Cast your vote now through April 27th. The winning title will be used in the next BLR, which will happen June 12th-26th.   Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program that connects millions of readers around the world ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
April 20, 2017 | 0 comments
Old and New Titles Back in 1996 the National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets. This year I decided to be adventurous. I usually don't read a lot of poetry, but the title How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III caught my ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker, poet author of the explosive collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, leaves the title open to interpretation, but with one exception: She isn’t suggesting that Beyoncé isn’t beautiful, because Beyoncé is beautiful. Like the rest of us, Parker is clearly a fan. She is however suggesting ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
April 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ​​You DON'T Want a Unicorn by Ame Dyckman

Rainbows? Glitter? Unicorns? What's not to love? This fun new book considers the very real ramifications of having a unicorn for a pet. Sure, it sounds like fun, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Text and pictures combine to tell the whole story, requiring careful observation and lots of opportunities for conversations around the illustrations and real life similarities. Both simple enough for younger kids but with enough irreverence and bodily humor (pooping cupcakes!) to ...read more

Reviewed by Holly on
April 14, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles It’s Christmas in May for book lovers, as publishers tend to release their more hyped titles in readiness for the summer vacations (and extra reading time). The biggest release by far is Paula Hawkins’s Into the Water. Hawkins’s thriller The Girl on the Train dominated bestseller lists in 2015, so publishers are betting big with a projected print run of 1.5 million copies. It hits shelves May 2. A somewhat surprising release comes from Michael Crichton, whose ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Four-hundred odd pages into Six Four, I was all set to write up this review as a pan. Thank god I kept reading, because Six Four is constructed with the sort of attention to detail that rewards the diligent reader. Hideo Yokoyama’s police procedural, his sixth published novel and the first to make it into English, is a 566 page accounting of the inner turmoil of Prefecture D’s constabulary, an outfit still reeling from failing to solve Japan’s most notorious kidnapping ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas

A gentle story about a man who delivers all the many messages set out to sea in bottles. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Dial Books, 2016) by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead is beautifully rendered in soft pastels and fine lines. The words are spare and poetic – “for a letter can hold the treasure of a clam-hugged pearl” and, “he felt loneliness as sharp as fish scales.” We feel this sadness and hope the deliverer of all these paper messages finds happiness himself. It ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 7, 2017 | 0 comments