A review of Think of a Number by John Verdon

I came at John Verdon's debut somewhat blind. We'd picked it for the Central Library Mystery Book Group (which is going to be meeting at the South Madison branch while we're under construction, btw) and all I really knew was that Think of a Number had made it onto a starred list somewhere - which is partly how we come up with suggested titles for the group.  Verdon's protagonist is more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 1, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert has had a remarkable life and career as a film reviewer and he is very forthcoming and candid about that life in his aptly named memoir Life Itself. Perhaps the fact that he can no longer speak due to complications of thyroid cancer makes his written story and introspection all the more poignant. But even without complication of cancer, his autobiography would be interesting more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 31, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

In a note to her stunning graphic biography of Marie and Pierre Curie, Lauren Redniss recalls how Helene Langevin-Joliot warned her not to make her grandparents’ story a fairy tale, nor to exclude Pierre from the more famous story of Marie. While Redniss does an outstanding job presenting both figures equally, she can be forgiven for giving Marie more attention as her longer career contributed to her achievements outshining her husband’s. But she admits to freely ignoring the first bit of more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 30, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Lost in Time by Melissa De la Cruz

For those of you who aren't totally over the vampire craze, there is one fantastic vamp series that is still in full swing. The Blue Bloods series, by Melissa De la Cruz, is Gossip Girl meets Twilight. The latest novel, Lost in Time tells three different, yet connected stories. Schuyler and Jack Force continue their quest to save the world in Egypt and are forced to put their love to the test. Mimi Force, meanwhile, must literally travel to Hell and back to more

Reviewed by Krissy on
January 27, 2012 | 0 comments
Oscar Books to Movies The nominations have been announced for the 84th annual Academy Awards and readers are in luck. Six of the best picture nominations are based on books, as are the best adapted screenplay nominees and several in other major categories.  Best picture nominee Hugo, which is based on Brian Selznick's novel more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Then Again by Diane Keaton

How is it possible that Diane Keaton does not think she is beautiful? She also doesn't think she is funny, smart or charming. I think she possesses all of these attributes in spades. It goes to show you just never know what's going on in someone else's head. Diane generously shares herself and what she believes about herself in this complex new memoir. It's thoughtful, honest and bittersweet. Readers might not be expecting this last quality, but this is what I appreciated most about this book. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews, the author, is really a husband/wife writing team and I often wonder how that works. Does one do the plotting the other the writing? I have heard of other writing duos who trade off on the writing and of the ones I've known about, I thought it showed a bit. With the Andrews team the writing is so smooth, seamless and flowing I can't imagine that they are switching off. But perhaps they more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 24, 2012 | 0 comments
Edgar Award Nominees The Edgar Award nominees have been posted by the Mystery Writers of America organization and the winners will be announced in April, so this will give you some time to read ahead and make your own picks. In the top three categories: Best NovelThe Ranger by Ace Atkins more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Today's MADreads post features a guest review by staff of the Cooperative Children's Book Center.  Me...Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, is the fifteenth annual winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of more

Reviewed by Tana on
January 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Bear’s hat is missing. After a simple, somber interrogation of every forest animal he sees, Bear has given up hope of ever finding his hat. Until he suddenly remembers something curious on the head of one of the animals he spoke to…. This book’s understated illustrations match the dark, dry humor of the dialogue perfectly. Although it is a picture book, the simple text would also be a good choice for beginning readers to try out. I won’t spoil the end of this book for you, but I’d recommend you more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
January 20, 2012 | 3 comments
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