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A review of In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is now 84 years old! This knocked my socks off. What a pleasure it was to read this book - it's a chronology for fans of Carol Burnett, fans of The Carol Burnett Show, and fans of television comedy and media history. This serves as a thorough inventory of what putting a live variety show together in the late 1960s through the 1970s was like, from the nitty-gritty of sketch writing to the sound effects, staging and sets, studio audience and famous guests.  The options ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be An Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark, III

This new biographical collection from Wisconsin Historical Society Press is an important contribution to our local and national culture. The cover art demands attention and I predict book groups will spend lots of time discussing that image as well as the poetry and prose of Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III.  Louis grew up on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin near Green Bay during the 1960s and shares his history as an ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 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

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April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Ijeawele, or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. How does the author of We Should All Be Feminists respond when a friend asks her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist? She shares 15 real, thought-provoking, and practical suggestions about how to live a feminist life including: ...read more

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April 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Who knows about vaudeville? Any specialists out there? I knew very little about vaudeville before reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters and it's a fascinating part of American cultural history. Vaudeville was a type of entertainment that was popular in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and shows consisted of individual performances or acts by comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and sometimes trained animals. Cinematic films were new, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, runs from March 16th-30th, 2017. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous Big Library Read titles include ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Are you familiar with Raggedy Ann? She's a gentle rag doll with red yarn hair and a sweet smile. It's believed that her sweetness comes from the "I LOVE YOU" candy heart that lives inside her stuffing. That just makes me melt. I mean, really. This charming classic includes all of the original Raggedy Ann stories in which Raggedy comes to live in Marcella's nursery and leads the charge of dollies into the pantry and on many other adventures. My personal favorites include Raggedy Ann Learns a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding

Hey, everyone! It's been a while since Helen Fielding has given readers a new book and I just gobbled it right up. This book is in diary format and follows Bridget Jones's surprise pregnancy. Her pregnancy is surprising to her (not necessarily to me - I feel like I know Bridget after all of these years and I was quite expecting and hoping for something like this) in two ways: she's old enough to believe she's menopausal and doesn't know she's pregnant, and she's had two different sexual ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 27, 2017 | 0 comments