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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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Are you looking for a page-turner? Let's talk about Mary Kubica! The main characters in her books are seemingly normal women with severe emotional scars (or festering, open wounds) whose lives intersect in mysterious and often criminal ways, with other seriously damaged folks. It's riveting stuff. The settings are routine, yet chilling, so you won't get too comfortable.  And just look at those covers! All of her novels start in Chicago and then move ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls by Emma Cline

This was the starting line of a conversation I was having with a friend at our kids' tee ball game and after my friend responded with "I love Charles Manson-style cults!" there was complete silence across the sidelines. And then someone said, "Oh, you must be talking about books." Oops! Yes! Occupational hazard! But really, how do you feel about Charles Manson-style cults? Because The Girls is a book that I have been recommending to everyone this summer. It is serious, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Hippopotamister by John Green

Red Panda and Hippopotamus are languishing in a dilapidated city zoo when Red Panda decides to leave and find work amongst the humans. He comes back from time to time impressing the hippopotamus with his many careers. Hippo decides to join Red Panda on the outside and becomes Hippopotamister. And so begins a cycle of trying on new jobs and just as quickly having to leave them.  This is a sweet story of recognizing your true talents and celebrating each other for who you really are. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Siren by Keira Cass

It's summer! Why not sit back and relax on the beach and think about how the Ocean might be an entity that requires sustenance in the form of human sacrifice in order to provide all of Her bounty? That's right. This book features the Ocean as a character that requires HUMAN SACRIFICE!!! And She uses the enticing song of Sirens in order to lure souls into Her waters. And that is what keeps the waters rolling, so to speak. Wow.  This is a compelling way to think about the ocean and what you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

And there you have it. This is the most ridiculously entertaining trio of graphic novels I've come across in a long while. We're talking gross-out humor, impossibly strong Kung Fu kicks, ludicrous blasting implements and nonsensical adventures. The Glorkian Warrior is the inept intergalactic hero, his talking backpack is the voice of reason, and along the way they pick up a wildly out-of-control, baby-talking future warrior named Gonk and a brains sucking baby alien that thinks the Glorkian ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will start tomorrow and will run from June 23rd – July 7th, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 22, 2016 | 0 comments