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A review of Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami

Guess what?!? Garfield is going to be 36 years old! And he's still a star. Garfield Souped Up: His 57th Book was published earlier this year and I'm sure there's more Jon, Odie and lasagna in store for us in the future. Don't get me wrong, Garfield is still my gold standard of cat comedy, but I'd like to take a little time to introduce you to (or remind you of) some newer, more global kitties. Two of these felines ...read more

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April 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

It sounds absolutely ludicrous to say that a book about finding work as a nanny in Australia for a family that just lost its mother to cancer is sweet and funny, but here it goes. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan is sweet and funny. I can't get enough of Kelly Corrigan. She's strong, she's honest and true. The way she is able to get to the heart of any situation and ...read more

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April 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Not everyone likes to write lists. But I like to write lists. And Ramsey Beyer likes to write lists. That's why I like Ramsey Beyer's book about leaving a small rural community in Michigan and starting her first year at art school in Baltimore. Ramsey shares the lists she creates about everything related to everything: what she's going to do, how she's going to act, what she needs, her favorite things and on and on. Once she gets to school and gets settled in she makes lists of who she's met, ...read more

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March 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

I'm not sure that swampy Suley, GA would be the first place I'd look to for a lake vacation, but the fictional cottage resort featured in Sarah Addison Allen's latest novel is inviting, appealing, and as one comes to expect from this author, magical. Aunt Eby has been running the Lost Lake resort for decades and it's beyond showing its age. There are a few faithful vacationers who still visit each summer, but Eby has decided this will be her last summer at Lost Lake. There's too much upkeep, ...read more

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March 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The War within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki and A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly

It's been more than 20 years since the graphic novel and Holocaust memoir Maus was published and more than 30 years since its first chapter appeared in the comics anthology Raw. Since that time, general readership and library collections of graphic novels have ...read more

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March 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life by Melissa Joan Hart

Are you familiar with the '90s television shows Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Well, Melissa Joan Hart, the actress who played Clarissa and Sabrina has written a book. And it's highly entertaining. First and foremost, like the subtitle suggests, Melissa is very normal for a child actor with a continuing professional career in Hollywood as an adult. By ...read more

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February 25, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp

As part of the Big Library Read program, Wisconsin's Digital Library will be featuring Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen in eBook format from February 17th - March 5th, 2014. During this two-week reading ...read more

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February 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump was written by a thirteen-year-old autistic boy from Japan in order to share how he thinks and feels and perceives things when it's difficult to communicate with the rest of the world. Unable to use speech or write with pen and paper to convey his thoughts, Naoki Higashida was able to write this book using an alphabet grid invented by his mother. This was something that worked for the two of them and with practice the author was able to further his communication ...read more

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February 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Spelling It Like It Is by Tori Spelling

Oh boy. It is beyond fascinating reading about Tori Spelling. Her earlier books, sTORI telling, Mommywood, and Uncharted terriTORI cover a lot of the history of what it's like growing up as Hollywood entertainment royalty. Daughter of television and film mogul Aaron ...read more

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January 27, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

There was so much to take in with this oversized graphic novel I decided to read it twice. My final analysis: this is an amazing gem of a book. Hélène is being bullied. Her former friends have shunned her and make nasty jabs about her being overweight and stinky. It is clear from the illustrations and from a later visit to the pediatrician that Hélène is a perfectly normal middle school student who is growing. Her lack of self-esteem is justifiable considering the treatment she is experiencing ...read more

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January 15, 2014 | 0 comments