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A review of I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes

My mother had a saying: “That and fifty cents will get you right on the bus.” The meaning was, no matter what, you still have to pay for the bus. An example: Me: “That woman has beautiful hair.” My Mother: “Yeah--that and fifty cents will get her right on the bus.” We all make references depending on the times/places we’re from.  Depending on our differences, this could mean we're not always understood.  Every year, Beloit ...read more

Reviewed by Terry on
July 30, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

2008 was a great year for witches.  Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader and Kathleen Kent’s ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 29, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of American Thighs by Jill Connor Browne

This is the first Sweet Potato Queens (SPQ) book I’ve encountered and I'm happy to report I was pleasantly surprised by it. For those of the uninitiated, SPQ is an organization based in Jackson, Mississippi started by Jill Conner Browne in the early 1980s. Every year they host a weekend of ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
July 27, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

A while back I read and loved 84, Charing Cross Road, a collection of letters between the witty and wonderful Helene Hanff and the staff of a ...read more

Reviewed by Robin - Pinney on
July 25, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of Idiot America by Charles Pierce

"Dinosaurs with saddles" was the three-line pitch used to get the go-ahead for an article he was proposing for Esquire magazine.  It was about the Creation Museum in Hebron, Kentucky which includes, yes, a model dinosaur with an English-riding saddle on it's back.  That story appears as an introductory offering in ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
July 24, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Important Artifacts And Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton

Relationships have their key moments.  There’s the first kiss, the first night, meeting the parents, and if things go sour, the getting rid of each others stuff.  But what if the love letters and toothbrush holders didn’t have to go to the cardboard box or bonfire?  Instead, say, Sotheby’s?  ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca - Monroe Street on
July 23, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Nerve Damage by Peter Abrahams

Imagine a world where you have a pretty good life.  You're moderately successful in the art world, becoming known for large sculptures made with scrap material.  You're living in a small New England community where pretty much everyone knows everyone, and you can still play your weekly game of hockey with friends.  You're in a relationship even though you can't quite let go of the wife who died 15 years ago in a terrible accident.  What if all those memories and that life ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
July 21, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Adults often enjoy novels that are written for the teen audience.  Case in point: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the first young adult novel by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 20, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

I moved from Los Angeles to Madison less than a year ago, so when I noticed a book by an author who also fled L.A. I was intrigued.  Then I saw that she was a writer on what I regard as the most hilarious sitcom ever, Arrested ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
July 17, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach

I never got around to reading Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying by financial guru David Bach last summer, and it has been hanging over my head ever since.  Boy, am I glad I finally took the time to read this - I ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 16, 2009 | 3 comments
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