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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

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December 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

She's got a hard shell on the outside and is sweet and melty on the inside. Or maybe assertive, blunt and cranky on the outside and warm-hearted, generous and looking for love on the inside. Inside or out, Agatha Raisin is a smart, retired public relations guru from London moonlighting as an amateur detective in the Cotswolds. She's got a shiny brown bob, inquisitive bear-like eyes and excellent legs! And from the comfort of my Madison armchair, she's living the life. Agatha finds herself in ...read more

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December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I love, love, love books by female comedians. I gobble them up like it's Thanksgiving Day. I could not wait to get this book and it did not disappoint. Some highlights for me include a chapter on Amy Schumer, introvert. Yes! I *totally* get how someone who is an introvert finds themself in a conspicuous position or needs to be on super octane for certain stretches. My career as a quiet librarian has required me to lead groups of 300 school children in summer reading cheers, teach classes at ...read more

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November 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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Racial Equity Resources In 2014, the City of Madison undertook a deliberate, focused and organized effort called the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative (RESJI).  One of the guiding principles of the City's RESJI is authentic, ongoing public engagement and participation, with the goal of changing the culture of our city - including addressing institutional racism. The city, and the library, are committed to supporting and aligning with other racial equity and social justice efforts - including the work ...read more

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September 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by Abraham Lincoln

It's that time!  The dates and venues have been announced for the 2016 Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as well as the date for the Vice Presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Find the complete 2016 Presidential Debate schedule here.  As our nation prepares for the upcoming presidential election, let us think back to electoral ...read more

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September 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Imagine a precocious young Cleopatra sneaking away from her royal tutor to hang with her pal amidst the Egyptian pyramids. She's having a great time playing hooky when she unexpectedly gets teleported to a future time where she's considered to be the savior of the galaxy. Her education now includes combat training and stun gun target practice and her assignments require flying secret missions on a Sphinx hover craft.  The world building in this series is AWESOME. The instructors at Yasiro ...read more

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September 9, 2016 | 0 comments