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Man Booker Longlist According to my Twitter feed the Longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced. This is the longer list (natch!) of titles that will be up for the prize. It will be winnowed down to 6 titles in September and the winner will be announced in October. Since this is a British prize some of these titles are not yet out in the US, but you should definitely keep an eye on LINKcat because most will be coming soon. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Would you press a giant red button that fell from the sky encased within a meteorite? Ignoring the protests from Joseph, Zita pushes the button, opening a wormhole just long enough for the mechanized tendrils of the Screed to snatch Joseph and lead Zita on a chase through another world chasing the nasty alien and her friend. Along the way, Zita meets some imaginative and unusual alien allies who join the rescue effort. The illustrations in this graphic novel do a wondrous job conveying the ...read more

Reviewed by Jesse on
July 21, 2011 | 0 comments
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Year's Best Thrillers The International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2011 Thriller Awards on July 9, 2011, in New York City. John Sandford’s Bad Blood was voted the Best Hard Cover Novel, J. T. Ellison’s The Cold Room won for Best Paperback Original Novel, and Best First Novel went to Chevy Stevens for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Set to Sea by Drew Weing

What a little gem this book is. It's a very tiny graphic novel, just 6.75 inches tall, that is full of story. Each page is illustrated as a single pane in black and white, more than enough color to get a vivid sense of the sea, life at sea and trouble at land.  The story begins when a drunken bruiser with the heart and soul of a poet gets kicked out of a pub, passes out and finds himself captured aboard a ship bound for the Far East. He struggles with his capture and tries to make the best ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Forgotten by Cat Patrick

When I reviewed Before I Go to Sleep a few weeks ago someone mentioned Cat Patrick's young adult novel Forgotten as one with a similar story device. And it is, in broad strokes. Both novels explore what it would be like to forget your life each time you go to sleep at night but they come at the issue in very ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Red Wolf by Liza Marklund

We can thank the popularity of the Girl Who series by Stieg Larsson for an increased interested in Scandinavian mystery authors. While there have always been a few mystery authors translated into English, in recent years their numbers have increased. Some of the notable authors are Henning Mankell ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 18, 2011 | 1 comment
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Works in Progress The Wisconsin Book Festival will celebrate it's 10th anniversary in October. The support of book-lovers and writers has made the festival a reality and to keep the momentum going they need help to keep the festival free. Works in ProgressThursday, July 21, 7-9 pmGoodman Community Center This benefit reading will showcase three Wisconsin writers, ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator by Mo Willems

Mo Willems, who has charmed us all with pigeons, bunnies and elephants, turns to a funny little alligator for his latest book. Willems's illustrations are spot-on and full of life. It’s amazing to see how he can capture such a broad range of emotion with just a few simple lines! In Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! we get 6 -- no make that 6 ½ -- silly tales that continually surprise and amuse. Amanda likes to spend her day with her nose in a favorite library book, while Alligator ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
July 14, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of White Cat by Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe has never really fit in with the rest of his family. His mother, grandfather, and older brothers are curse workers, which means they've been born with the ability to "work" other people using innate abilities stored in their hands to change people's memories, dreams, emotions, luck, or even physical bodies. Cassel has never manifested any of these talents, which is a good thing in the eyes of the government, which encourages all people to wear gloves at all times to protect them ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
July 14, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer

I have been "practicing" very basic hatha yoga off and on for about eighteen years.  During this time, I've never mastered anything even remotely difficult and can only do tree pose on certain days.  My last yoga session was in a prenatal yoga class and I was super uncomfortable.  Postnatal, I've been scrambling to balance my time and yoga has not been at the top of my to-do list.  It should be though, because my back has been bothering me and there's nothing like a good ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 12, 2011 | 0 comments
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