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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
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Giant Days. Volume 1 by John Allison

This young adult graphic novel is about three female college freshmen navigating their way through higher education, new adult relationships and living in the dorms. Esther is the beautiful drama queen, Daisy the animal loving optimist, and Susan a jaded feminist zine writer. Their first major tragedy is a debilitating cold virus that sweeps over campus. The trio has to take care of themselves to mixed results. It's funny to witness their various methods for curing a cold from rest, to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow by Fiona Barton

I'm nervous for all of us about how much personal information is available online and how it might be used. It's scary enough to make you want to lock your doors and not come out. But that's not really a way to live, is it? The Widow starts with a crime. The reader is not sure what the crime is exactly, who the criminal or criminals are and whether or not it's been resolved. What we do know is that a man who was involved is now dead and his widow, Jean Taylor, is relieved.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Why would you want to read about a young, talented neurosurgeon that is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer writing about his disease? Because it's one of the best ways to understand what dealing with cancer is like and how tough it is to make decisions, even for those who are experts.  Paul Kalanithi was 36 years old when he started losing weight and suffering from excruciating back pain. He describes his symptoms, diagnosis and care in a basic way, as explained by a doctor in a more ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper

This is a collection of correspondence between Gloria Vanderbilt, who is 92 years old, and her son, journalist Anderson Cooper. The core of the book surrounds a son asking questions of a mother as she nears the end of her years. Both Vanderbilt and Cooper have experienced great tragedy and loss together and this is their way of reconciling their relationship.    The idea of sharing stories with the ones we love before it's too late is a good one. Cooper's experience and clarity ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Bernie by Ted Rall

Looking at the cover of this book, I was expecting a biography of 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernard "Bernie" Sanders.  What I got instead was a straightforward tutorial on the history of the two-party system in America.  The first 100 pages really sets up the shift in the Democratic Party in the last 50 years and shows where the modern Democratic Party has ended up - to the right of Republicans like Richard Nixon.  The differences between conservative, moderate and ...read more

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May 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Little Robot is the cozy, yet subversive story of a young girl who befriends a robot and instigates a rebellion. Wow! That sounds like a lot to offer in a juvenile graphic novel! But it really works. A box falls off the back of a truck and floats its way down a river until a little girl finds it at the edge of a junkyard. This little girl is an explorer and engineer and doesn't shy away from the contents of this box: a robot! She befriends and trains the little robot and they embark on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 26, 2016 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes announced The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.  The following are the winners for Letters, Drama and Music: Fiction (1948-present) The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen - A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" -- and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.  ...read more

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April 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

This is an Edgar Award-winning short story, only 63 pages, written by one of the most talented authors of mystery and suspense novels on the market today. It's classified as a ghost story and is mysterious and suspenseful and psychologically terrifying. Gillian Flynn's got a talent for creating characters that are relatable yet simultaneously despicable and this story is full of them.  The main character is a young woman pretending to be a psychic. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2016 | 0 comments