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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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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
A review of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is an excellent read-alike for fans of Raina Telgemeier and for fans of graphic novels exploring the middle grades. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12-yr-old girl named Astrid who is lost and drifting away from the best friend she’s had since first grade. Astrid signs up for roller derby camp and is broken-hearted to discover that her best friend, Nicole, won’t be joining her. Nicole has signed up for dance ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

I'm not into big time scary, but I'm fond of reading gothic horror from time to time. I went through a phase a while back where I dug deep into the origins of the genre and read The Castle of Otranto and The Mysteries of Udolpho, considered to be two of the earliest examples of gothic fiction or gothic romance. I've also enjoyed ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

This is an enchanting little book that celebrates words from around the world that have no English translation. 52 words are illustrated and defined and as I admired the artwork and hand lettering I felt the world open up. Some of the words are profound. Some are silly. Some make you think, "Oh, so that's what they call it." You've always hoped others were thinking or feeling what you were and now you have a name for it.  Some examples include: Gezellig (Dutch) n. Describes much more than ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

Imagine if reclusive poet Emily Dickinson had a cell phone and was texting for shawls and tea while hiding in her room. Or if Lord Byron was sexting and arranging his late night trysts with his many willing admirers. Or if Emily Bronte's Heathcliff and Cathy obsessively sent each other "I love you so much I'd..., NO I love YOU so much I'd..." challenges. If only the heroes and heroines of English 101:  Introduction to English Literature could avail themselves of modern technology. There ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 21, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami's novella The Strange Library was originally published in 2008 and has recently been released by American publisher Knopf in a trade paperback edition. The book is designed by famed author, editor, and graphic artist Chip Kidd with a provocative flap cover and contains 36 pages of full color illustrations plus graphics on the flaps. So go ahead and judge this book by its cover. I daresay I appreciate ...read more

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April 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

Photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson has captured something so specific and mesmerizing that I feel compelled to spread the word. She photographs dogs and puppies mid-shake. This is all jowls and ears and spittle and fur. All paws and playful cuteness. All feel-good. I mean, look at the bull dog puppy on this cover. Just loooook at hiiimmmmm. This is some earnest stuff. With an important dose of awareness. Shake Puppies is the follow-up to the bestselling ...read more

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April 2, 2015 | 3 comments
A review of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

This fiction debut sings. Literally. Much of the action takes place in a Philadelphia jazz club called The Cat's Pajamas and one of the main characters is a nine-year-old girl named Madeleine Altimari whose dream is to sing on stage. Madeleine has the kind of mouth on her that sings like an angel and swears like a sailor and this makes for a very entertaining novel.  There are several revolving and related storylines that involve Madeleine, her teacher, the school principal and the owner ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 24, 2015 | 0 comments