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A review of Bernie by Ted Rall

Looking at the cover of this book, I was expecting a biography of 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard "Bernie" Sanders.  What I got instead was a straightforward tutorial on the history of the two-party system in America.  The first 100 pages really sets up the shift in the Democratic Party in the last 50 years and shows where the modern Democratic Party has ended up - to the right of Republicans like Richard Nixon.  The differences between conservative, moderate and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Little Robot is the cozy, yet subversive story of a young girl who befriends a robot and instigates a rebellion. Wow! That sounds like a lot to offer in a juvenile graphic novel! But it really works. A box falls off the back of a truck and floats its way down a river until a little girl finds it at the edge of a junkyard. This little girl is an explorer and engineer and doesn't shy away from the contents of this box: a robot! She befriends and trains the little robot and they embark on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 26, 2016 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes announced The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.  The following are the winners for Letters, Drama and Music: Fiction (1948-present) The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen - A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" -- and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

This is an Edgar Award-winning short story, only 63 pages, written by one of the most talented authors of mystery and suspense novels on the market today. It's classified as a ghost story and is mysterious and suspenseful and psychologically terrifying. Gillian Flynn's got a talent for creating characters that are relatable yet simultaneously despicable and this story is full of them.  The main character is a young woman pretending to be a psychic. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Written and Drawn by Henrietta: A TOON Book by Liniers

This is an easy-to-read comic that is written and drawn by a little girl named Henrietta who has just received a box of colored pencils from her mom.  Henrietta creates her own comic called, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats" and the reader is allowed to watch her artistic process unfold as she draws the story. Our author Henrietta is adventurous and brave and the main character of her comic, Emily, is too.  The three-headed monster is charming and, obviously, as the titles ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of American Sniper by Chris Kyle for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton

Did you know that Dolly Parton is referred to as the book lady? She has created an exceptional program called the Imagination Library in conjunction with her Dollywood Foundation that provides books to young children. She wants to foster a love of reading in preschool children in honor of her father, who wasn't able to read and write. This inspired Dolly to not let it happen to others, so she established a program that delivers high quality books ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Daisy Miller by Henry James

Henry James died on February 28, 1916. I decided to revisit his works in honor of the 100th anniversary of his death and started with Daisy Miller. This is the summary of the story from LINKcat: a young American woman traveling in Europe clashes with American expatriates in Rome. This is an excellent summary and basically what I would have said the story was about based on my first reading of it more than 20 years ago. I also would have added that Daisy clashes with her fellow ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

There's always a killer, right?   Ruth Ware's debut mystery starts off with a "hen night" or bachelorette weekend at an isolated cottage in the woodsy English countryside. The rest of the elements fall into place. The group that is gathered to celebrate the wedding of Clare is comprised of former friends and complete strangers. The weather turns and an unexpected snowstorm traps the group. The phone line is dead and there is no cell service. Mysterious footprints appear in the snow. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Finally. Somebody throws the doors wide open on the discussion of working moms and introduces a thought-provoking personal experiment. I needed this book. Shonda Rhimes is a critically acclaimed television producer and writer whose shows include Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 4, 2016 | 0 comments