Books on Pearl Harbor It's been 75 years since that day of infamy.  On December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor.  Looking to read about that day and how we got there, then check out Booklist's Read-alikes Seventy-five Years of Infamy. See the list below.  In addition, the library has many more books on Pearl Harbor and World War II.  See subject heading more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

If you’re a non-scientist like me, the idea of reading a book about physics might seem a little dizzying. I was heartened by the fact that Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is written specifically for non-scientists who want to understand a little more about current scientific work in the field of physics (and it didn’t hurt that it has the word “brief” in the title, proven true with only 81 pages of text, including pictures!). While this book won’t help you decipher complex scientific more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 6, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon

With the world being such a crazy place lately I find myself searching out purely escapist reading, some romance, but even more science fiction. And as I was reading new titles I was reminded of an old Space Opera favorite, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon. So I did what any self-respecting library loving bookie would do, I put it on hold, checked it out and dove in (finished at more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Color Me Purple by Ellie Schatz

This book came to our library at just the right time. Local author Ellie Schatz and local artist Donna J. Parker collaborated to produce this beautiful book for children and adults, with 52 pages packed full of wisdom and practical lessons about diversity. Extraordinarily well-researched, this book is clearly the brain-child of educators, artists, and activists. Intended to be read with children, the book introduces us to eight children of different colors and ethnicities, who demonstrate eight more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by Rowling, J. K. J. K. Rowling

Note: This is a spoiler-free review. If you love the Harry Potter world as much as I do, you will perhaps understand how I spent most of one cold, windy Saturday in November. See, first I went to see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and I'll say, in short and spoiler-free, it was amazing -- and for more reasons than the fact that the lead female character's name was Tina! The movie was so amazing that as soon as I got home, I listened to the soundtrack while pre- more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
December 1, 2016 | 2 comments
A review of Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan

If you’re the sort of person who is not inclined to the holiday season, there can be no greater hell on earth than a shopping mall a few days before Christmas. In Fields Where They Lay, Junior Bender—LA-based thief and detective to the criminally inclined--is decidedly not a fan of Christmas. Yet when a Russian crime boss turned retail entrepreneur hires him to find out why shoplifting has skyrocketed at his struggling mall, Junior is stuck practically taking up residence at Edgerton more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

A silly story about an owl who hears a “squeak” somewhere in his house – but, where is it coming from?! In Good Night Owl (Disney/Hyperion, 2016) readers get the inside scoop through the humorous illustrations, while the owl tries to figure things out. He empties out the cupboards, takes up the floorboards, and – even – tears down the roof! Finally he is ready to go to sleep under the wide open sky . . . Greg Pizzoli’s text and illustrations are a perfect match - and the humor is sure to tickle more

Reviewed by Tracy on
November 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica Ahlberg

I grew up loving the work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg, so I was thrilled when I discovered Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker – a picture book written and illustrated by their daughter, Jessica Ahlberg.  This cumulative story follows Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, through a series of fairy tales.  As they go from one story to another, they rescue Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs, Jack, and Sleeping Beauty from their fairy tale fates with the more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
November 25, 2016 | 0 comments
National Book Awards The National Book Foundation bestowed its annual awards November 16, recognizing outstanding contributions to American literature in several categories. The winner of the Young People’s Literature Award went to March. Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell.  The graphic adaptation is the final installment in a more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers by Avi For whatever reason, short story anthologies don’t seem to be fast movers from library shelves.  This is a missed opportunity for readers.  Author extraordinaire, Avi has crafted a series of short stories posing the question “What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?”  The seven stories in the anthology range from absurd to comic to profoundly sad.  Avi renders each story with his deftly poetic style.  While answers to the initial question are not more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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