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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

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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

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July 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means

Jack and Jane meet cute when Jane falls off her skateboard and hurts her coccyx. Jack works at a soup stand near where Jane falls and offers her a cold bottle of ice tea to soothe her injury. Awwww! Isn't that sweet?  Their romance starts off with some nice dates and Jack and Jane seem destined for awesome couple hood. That is, until one of Jane's friends sees Jack and Jane together and fills her in on the Network - a text/cell/web chain of single women in the Portland-like city where the ...read more

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June 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jinx. Little Jinx Grows Up. by J. Torres

Reading Archie Comics was a huge part of my childhood summers and I'm still a loyal fan. What a delight it was for me to discover that the Archie character Li'l Jinx was being reintroduced as a modern-day high school student! Jinx was a precocious kid introduced in 1947 with a red dress, yellow pigtails, a love for Little League and an ever-present dad. Now a teen, Jinx wears a red shirt, ...read more

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June 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood

Are you familiar with the children's book series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place? If not, and you enjoy anything even remotely Lemony Snicket-y or Edward Gorey-esque and are ready for a more subtle, yet intoxicating humor, please allow me to introduce you. These books are charming and clever and appealing to a wide range of readers, regardless of age.  And there are now four books in the series to enjoy. To get you up-to-speed: The stories are set in Victorian England ...read more

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June 11, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of OverDrive Big Library Read: A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson

OverDrive is thrilled to announce the next Big Library Read - a cozy mystery for readers to kick off the summer just right: A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 by Laurien Berenson. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Pedigree to Die For for community-wide access from ...read more

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June 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I think of B.J. Novak first and foremost as Ryan Howard, the character he played for eight years on The Office. The real B.J. Novak is a wunderkind stand-up comedian, comedy television writer and, now, short story writer. I'm a big fan of comedy essay-memoirs like those written by Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling and Jim Gaffigan and thought this might be similar in vein but it's not. It ...read more

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May 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About by Dave Barry

Just to be clear, this is not a parenting book, even though there is parental attendance at a Justin Bieber concert (shriek!). Dave Barry is honest in his foreword that he just used parenting in the title as a hook. He is a parent and there are essays that include him being a parent, but the book is not at all about parenting. He might be serious about his daughter not dating boys until she is forty, but that is between the two of them. There is the aforementioned essay about attending a Justin ...read more

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May 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton has been taking street photographs of New Yorkers since 2010 and featuring them on Facebook, Tumblr and his blog, Humans of New York (HONY). He has more than four million social media followers and his blog is updated daily with portraits, quotes and short stories from the people he meets.  400 of ...read more

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May 5, 2014 | 2 comments
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

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