MADreads

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
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