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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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

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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

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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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 11, 2014 | 1 comment