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A review of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli by Lisa Abend

I am not a foodie reader. I haven't read Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton. If I've read anything about the preparation of food, like Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone, it's because my book group was ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

It’s 1929 in NYC, and Martha O’Doyle is convinced there is nothing worse than school. When she gets on her teacher’s last nerve and is expelled, she goes to work with her mother as a maid in a wealthy newspaper magnate’s posh home. Turns out she was wrong. It doesn’t take long for Martha to find some intrigue between all the washing and cleaning and potato peeling. It turns out the master of the house’s wife, Rose, is a recluse. She hasn’t left her bedroom in years. The word around the house, ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls by Emma Cline

This was the starting line of a conversation I was having with a friend at our kids' tee ball game and after my friend responded with "I love Charles Manson-style cults!" there was complete silence across the sidelines. And then someone said, "Oh, you must be talking about books." Oops! Yes! Occupational hazard! But really, how do you feel about Charles Manson-style cults? Because The Girls is a book that I have been recommending to everyone this summer. It is serious, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Guy presents Bats by Tedd Arnold

For fans of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series, the author has now come out with a series of high-interest non-fiction books.  Bats is filled with some great, general information about bats, lots of quality photographs of different species of bats, and some fast facts about particular species of bats.  This is all wrapped up in a Beginning Reader format which will be great for kids who have experience sounding out words or as a read-with experience with a favorite adult, as the book ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
August 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

My mystery reading lately has been hit or miss and what I'm finding is that most of the hits have been historical mysteries. One of those is the first in a new series from Darcie Wilde (more known for her historical romances) featuring Rosalind Thorne. Rosalind is the daughter of a baronet who was nearly ruined when her father made some horrendous financial decisions and abandonded his family. Rosalind survives on the fringes of society by working as a bit of a fixer. Have a daughter who needs ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles It’s said that good things come in threes, and this September demonstrates that old adage perfectly.  Biographies and Memoirs: Bruce Springsteen’s eagerly anticipated Born to Run hits shelves late in the month, fellow musician Mike Love recalls Good Vibrations as a Beach Boy and the author Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery) finally gets the full biographical treatment with Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.  Graphic ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her American Heiress in London Series with No Mistress of Mine. It is the story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who gets the boy, has to give up the boy for his own good, and then years later gets another chance. Will the rekindled passion burn out of control and burn them both or will they find a way to happy ever after?   Six years ago Lord Denys ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival this year will be held from October 20-23. They've just posted the full schedule of authors today and it's looking like another fantabulous fest. From Conor Moran, the Director of the Fest:"It's a wonderful feeling to see the culmination of a year's work all laid out in full color.  This year promises to be one of our most wide-ranging and engaging yet.  No matter what kind of reader you ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Book Riot's YA Books Radar Every quarter the BookRiot website (a great bookie news site) publishes a list of YA books hitting the shelves soon. Their latest - July-September - just came out a couple weeks ago and I'm still working my way through the extensive list (164 titles). A few that have jumped out for me and will be added to my tbr lists: ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

​Do you like historical romances filled with strong-willed characters, emotional depth, intrigue, then check out the Secret Life of Scoundrels series by Anna Harrington. She tells the stories of three former brothers-in-arms and the ladies who love them. I got hooked from the first book, Dukes are Forever, the story of a colonel who becomes a duke and learns that love trumps revenge. The second book, ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 8, 2016 | 0 comments