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A review of Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Five of the baddest, raddest Lumberjane scouts attend Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types. These girls are ready for adventure and there is much to be found in the woods surrounding Miss Quinzella's. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are prepared to earn their badges for the usual activities like boating, knot tying, and archery. What they are faced with instead are sea monsters, zombies, yetis and secret caves. Each Lumberjane is easily ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Americanine: A Haute Dog of New York by Yann Kebbi

Where do I begin? This is a sophisticated, oversized picture book that is told from the point of view of a French dog who returns to Paris after visiting New York. The illustrations are bold, colored pencil renderings of NYC that are so accurate and frenetic you know exactly where you are, like Grand Central Station or Central Park, but they're also somewhat dreamy and impressionistic. The author's note explains that the book was illustrated from memory from his days living as a student in New ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This book was a pleasant surprise. What’s been billed as a book on romance in the modern age written by Aziz Ansari, comedian and star of Parks and Recreation, is: A book on romance in the modern age A sociological examination at relationships and how they’ve changed over the years, and An investigation of how our lives today are inextricably bound to technology This book is chock-full of research conducted in conjunction with renowned ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Sometimes you need to wait until the very end to get what you've been longing for. Such is the case with The Witch of Painted Sorrows. I read an early review of this gothic novel and was immediately attracted to the cover and publisher summary, "Possession, power, passion." Sounds great, right? Socialite Sandrine Salome flees New York and her abusive husband and journeys to Belle Époque Paris to stay with her grand ...read more

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July 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Wow. This is a book to think and talk about.  Greg Gaines is a middle-of-the-road high school kid and wannabe film maker. His friend Rachel has leukemia. Greg hasn't spent any time with Rachel since Hebrew School when they were in junior high, but their moms have decided that the two should hang out because Greg makes Rachel laugh and laughter is good medicine. Greg reluctantly agrees and soon he and Rachel are spending almost every afternoon together and starting to meet up at school for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli is living a charmed life. She's smart, skinny, rich and beautiful. She's got an amazing job at the most recognizable women's magazine in America, a killer wardrobe, enviable zip code and the perfect fiancé. The only problem is that she's not happy. She imagines plunging an expensive knife from her bridal registry into the ribcage of her handsome husband-to-be. She's got a bitter internal dialogue running about everyone in her life from co-workers to college room-mates to the hostess ...read more

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July 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Bee and Puppycat. Volume 1 by Natasha Allegri

This graphic novel is a collection of the first four Bee and Puppycat comic books created by Natashi Allegri. The comics are based on a Cartoon Hangover animated series on YouTube. Each episode is a little over 6 minutes long and it's all adorable, adorable, adorable. If you are not familiar with kawaii - this is it. It's the phenomenon of cuteness in Japanese culture and Bee and Puppycat ...read more

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June 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

This latest by the author of Water for Elephants takes place in Scotland during WWII. Three Gatsby-like characters of American wealth and privilege get into a drunken New Year's Eve mess they can't fix and set off in search of the Loch Ness monster to try and redeem themselves. Maddie, Ellis and Hank travel oversees during air raids and U-boat attacks and arrive in Drumnadrochit thinking they are going to go monster ...read more

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June 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

There is just something about Kim Gordon. I mean, look at her gaze. She knows something I do not. And this book makes me feel cool by association. Girl in a Band is her story and it's raw, relatable, and authentic. I respect how she's handled her life, career and rough spots. Long before her band Sonic Youth and noise-rock, Kim was a girl who grew up primarily in middle class California with a semi-famous professor for a father and an artistic mother who allowed her a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Eyes on You by Kate White

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from June 9–23, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Eyes on You by Kate White for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 4, 2015 | 0 comments