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A review of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelley

Summer's not over! Are you still looking for a fun beach read?  Love in a Nutshell is a cozy comedy/romance/suspense novel set in Keene's Harbor, Michigan, home of The Nutshell Bed and Breakfast. Or what will someday be The Nutshell B&B.    The main character, Kate Appleton, has had a run of bad luck. She's lost her job, her husband and her dog. She's slightly unhinged, but super cute, and working to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Although she no longer has her TV show, Oprah Winfrey is still a book lover. She has started a new digital (2.0) book club to replace the one she had on the TV show and Wild by Cheryl Strayed was her first choice. It is easy to see why Oprah was drawn to this book. Strayed took an unusual and  brave step for a 26-year-old woman setting out alone to hike 1100 miles  on ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Rita Award Winners The Romance Writers of America held their annual conference last week and named their 2012 RITA Awards. If you're heading off on vacation you might want to grab a few of these: Best First Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesContemporary Series Romance:  ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

A few years ago, Kate Summerscale scored a deserved bestseller hit with The Suspicions of Mr. WhicherIn that book, she took an obscure murder in the bucolic English countryside and used it to reveal a wider story encompassing the birth of Scotland Yard, the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Between Two Ends by David Ward

Sure, it's fun to get lost in a good book for a few hours, but what if you had to stay there forever? Could you survive the blistering sands, talking tigers and the armed palace guards of The Arabian Nights? Yeats knows that something unsettling happened in his Gran's old house years ago, even if no one else will talk about it. But when his very presence puts events in motion, Yeats must rely on his wits and his heart to lead him through an adventure that will redeem or destroy his ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson

Want to get your mind off the heat?  Then check out A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson.  The setting is Edmonton in the dead of winter with temperatures below zero.  Minus thirty below make me appreciate the warmer weather (or least be thankful that the cold weather is months away, hopefully).  Leo Desroches, a half French-Canadian, a half Cree journalist with an addiction problem ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Girl Walks into a Bar-- : Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch

I don't get why Rachel Dratch isn't more famous. I mean, I think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are wildly talented, super funny and likable ladies, but SO IS RACHEL DRATCH. How is it that seemingly exactly equal people starting out in comedy together can have careers that take off in completely different directions? I'm not sure all the answers are in this book but the most obvious one is totally disgusting. It's that Rachel Dratch isn't as cute as Hollywood would like. Rachel openly discusses her ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
Authors We'll Miss It's been a tough week for literary fans. I was first saddened to hear about the death of Margaret Mahy. Though she may not be as well known as J.K. Rowling, Ms. Mahy was an important figure in the world of children's books. She wrote over 150 books for kids and teens, won awards for that writing, and even worked as a librarian. If you haven't yet discovered Margaret Mahy, now's your ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The explosion of dystopian/post-apocalyptic young adult fiction has been well documented. In fact if you want to see something really cool take a look at this Hunger Games readalike pathfinder from Lawrence Public Library in Kansas. But all these apocalyptic worlds can get a little depressing and wearying. Which is what drew me to Rachel Hartmen's high-fantasy Seraphina. Seraphina ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 31, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of This Is How by Augusten Burroughs

I'm a Youth Services Librarian, so I don't often venture into the world of adult books, except for the rare James Patterson novel or a book about parenting. I do occasionally go on self-help kicks, but I have to admit -- I have never finished one. Diet books, meditation, the power of positive thinking -- I have started many books on these subjects, but they just haven't been interesting enough to get me to the last page. When I saw that Augusten Burroughs had written a self-help book, though, I ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 30, 2012 | 0 comments
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