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A review of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from October 13–28, 2014.  The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Here comes Raina in a new young adult graphic novel that explores her complicated relationship with her younger sister, Amara. The family is headed on a cross-country trip through the mountains from California to Colorado for a family reunion. The home environment is tense, the travelling is fraught with chaos and the final destination is disappointing. Raina and Amara have been at odds since day one, but must band together to face certain crises on this trip. The girls are not exactly best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside by Amanda Rettke

Three cakes worth? Four cakes worth? Five pounds from taste-testing? Ten?  This stunning new book cost me only the time it took to place it on hold, check it out, read it thoroughly and share more widely with our library community. It didn't take much time for me to decide I wasn't ready to bake any of the cakes - the author is honest about the practice needed to perfect these cakes and that price was too steep for me at this moment. However, I fully plan to dedicate my life to surprise ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 23, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Did you catch all that? The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a book about a book about a writer going backwards. Even more than that, it's from one writer to another. And a mystery. This is one of the most confusing books I've read in a long time, yet it kept me riveted and invested. I wanted to figure this whole thing out! It starts with a young writer named Marcus Goldman. His college professor and writing mentor Harry Quebert, also one of America's most respected writers ...read more

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September 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

This is a bright little book lovers book. The author is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and started a small design project that grew and grew. She had the idea to re-create memorable meals from novels. She cooked, styled and photographed the meals and discovered that there were many more books and many more meals to make. The result is this charming book!  Each novel is set up with a two-page spread. The concept is executed beautifully. The first page includes a narrative ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You about Parenting by Karen Alpert

And apparently, I am not alone. Karen Alpert's sharp and profanity-laced book of stories, lists and observations about parenting two young children includes a very pointed essay on how if Caillou were a real person, she'd gladly go to jail for killing him. I'm not exaggerating about this - that's the title of the essay, almost word for word. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd commit bodily harm to a cartoon character, but I know where she's coming from. Caillou's been on the air for almost ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

This outstanding graphic novel is a 2014 Notable Children's Book from The American Library Association. It truly is notable in terms of disseminating factual information in the most attractive and appealing way possible. As the title suggests, this book is about the Dust Bowl or "The Dirty Thirties," when black dirt blew up and rained down on America's Great Plains devastating the land, farms, homes, humans and creatures in its ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Artist's Library: A Field Guide by Laura C. Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer

Look at this pretty book! The Artist's Library is brought to us by the inspired folks at The Library as Incubator Project and shares stories of collaborations between artists and libraries and serves as a field guide to more and continued partnerships. This book is a celebration of artists and their use of the library as a space, as a resource, and as a creative font. Some featured artists and projects include ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 31, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Who am I to argue with The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and E! Online and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 21, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer

Judy Greer is an actress who's been in such a large number of television shows and movies that she is now best known for being so familiar that no one quite remembers how they actually know her. People stop her on the street asking if they have mutual friends or if she was in their sorority and the answer is always no. When she is recognized as being an actress, people ask her what they know her from. She can't easily tell people what they know her from because she's been in over 40 movies and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 8, 2014 | 0 comments