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A review of Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton

This is a stunning variation on a cook's memoir and excellent companion to Blood, Bones, and Butter written by the same author. The reader is offered 567 pages of recipes and notes from author, chef and owner of the restaurant Prune to her staff. The photographs are exquisite and the book layout mimics a staff notebook (Note to Gabrielle Hamilton: Is this the Prune staff ...read more

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January 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince

Liz Prince was a tomboy when she was a kid and it was not easy for her. Boys and girls alternately picked on her or ostracized her. Adults didn't know what to make of her and there were a lot of rules that made things tough for her, like a school requirement that boys wear shirts and ties and girls wear dresses on certain school days.  This autobiographical graphic novel shares her story. It's a really important one. But it got me thinking about tomboys. I am wondering if today's world is ...read more

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January 12, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham

Much has been written about this book already, and it's been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for several months. It seems as though everybody has an opinion about Lena Dunham, her HBO television series Girls and this book. Why read another review? Maybe you're already waiting for this book and I want to cement that choice for you. Maybe you are looking for post- ...read more

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January 5, 2015 | 0 comments
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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