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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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February 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Never in a million years did I think I would see a play, a screenplay and a libretto hit the bestseller list in one year. It's a performing arts miracle for the publishing industry and I'm hoping a new trend in reading interests. J.K. Rowling shot to the top of the charts in 2016 with the special rehearsal edition of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II and ...read more

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February 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Atlanta on Monday.   A list of 2017 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly ...read more

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January 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick swears an awful lot for someone who considers herself to be the Mayor of Squaresville.  I have no problem with this, it's just an observation.  She's super talented, down-to-earth and definitely a little scrappy.  She's been nominated for an Academy Award, starred in some big films like Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, Twilight and Up in the Air and was nominated for a Tony Award as a child actor in the Broadway musical High ...read more

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January 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin

This book made me laugh and laugh. In fact, I laughed out loud many times. There is something about Kathy Griffin. Her humor speaks to me. She calls it like she sees it, she's a hard worker, she's got a real Midwest sensibility, and she's friends with Cher. Like, she goes over to Cher's house and they eat snacks and watch movies and play in Cher's glitter room (her make-up and cosmetics area, naturally). She's had "run-ins" with a wide range of celebrities and it's impressive that she was able ...read more

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December 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist is a collection of stories and diary entries written by Carrie Fisher about her time during the making of the first Star Wars film in 1976. Carrie shares everything from meeting George Lucas for the first time to how the famous cinnamon roll hair buns were created and how long it took to get them ready every day. About two-thirds of the book is made up of the hilarious behind-the-scenes stories with the diary excerpts in the middle. Something that I feel ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 21, 2016 | 0 comments