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A review of Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann

Wow. This is one of the most unsettling books I've read. Take a good look at the cover of this book and you'll notice that there is something not quite right about the fairy landscape. Right there, on the front cover, in a green, leafy setting is a tiny fairy creature snuggled up to a human hand. A dead, decomposing human hand. Shiver. What's going on here? In a nutshell, this book is about a crisis. What happens in a crisis? Who takes charge in a crisis and who takes advantage? How do you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

This graphic novel depicts the author's memories of growing up in Beirut in the 1980s during the Lebanese Civil War and is a follow-up to A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return.  A Game for Swallows is about one particular event: an evening when young Zeina and her brother are left in the care of neighbors while their parents venture to the other side of Beirut to visit family. The kids are ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Oh, this is Humor. With a capital "H." Jim Gaffigan is clearly not getting married to a hot dog, as he already has a wife and five small children, and he's not that kind of weirdo, but he really does love the cured meats. Like, loves loves loves the cured meats. Hot dogs. Bologna. Bacon. All sausages, especially bratwurst. I did not think I could laugh more than I did while reading Dad is Fat, Gaffigan's take on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll

This is a collection of five elegant and horrifying graphic short stories that take place in or around the woods. The stories included are "Our Neighbor's House," a chilling tale of three girls left all alone in a house; "A Lady's Hands Are Cold," about a young woman sent to live on an isolated estate with a husband she has not yet met; "My Friend Janna," featuring a girl who may or may not communicate with the spirit world; "The Nesting Place," a shocking twist on the ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Your day is not going well. Things happen that you wish you could change. What would you do if you were given the opportunity for a do-over? This is the focus of the new graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of the popular Scott Pilgrim series.   Katie is a hot shot chef training her replacement at her flagship restaurant while preparing to open a new venture. She's stressed out and insecure about the new ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 28, 2014 | 0 comments
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