A review of Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell

There has been a lot of talk lately about local foods and the quality of our diet.  The Go Big Read discussions and the recent appearance of Michael Pollan at the Kohl Center have helped focus that discussion.  But what about other aspects of our lives as consumers?  Ellen Shell Ruppel takes a look at some of them in more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
November 24, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Bestselling author Anita Shreve's latest novel, A Change in Altitude, uses the tragedy of a more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
November 23, 2009 | 0 comments
A recent top 100 list from Publishers Weekly caused a stir because their top ten did not include any women.  This in a year when Hilary Mantel won the more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 22, 2009 | 4 comments
A review of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Dave Egger’s 1999 memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius chronicled his life while taking care of his younger brother Christopher "Toph" Eggers following the cancer-related deaths of his parents.  Eggers has since gone far beyond the personal narrative and into the chaotic more

Reviewed by Kathleen - Monroe Street on
November 20, 2009 | 0 comments
This year's National Book Award winners were announced Wednesday night at a dinner in New York City.  The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 19, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

My new favorite novel is The Flying Troutmans by more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
November 18, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of Stitches by David Small

Judging from David Small's award-winning children's books illustrations, it's hard to imagine that the same man is behind the dark tale recounted in the graphic novel memoir more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 17, 2009 | 4 comments
A review of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben Winters

Quirk Books' mission is to “amuse, to bemuse, to entertain, and to inform (not necessarily in that order, but usually all at the same time).”  Even though they are a small, relatively new publishing house, several of their books have become national bestsellers, including The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 16, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten

When I first picked up The Art of Making Money I thought, “Great.  Probably one of those more

Reviewed by Terry on
November 13, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti

It's nearing the end of the year and I had a little vacation time to use (or lose) and naturally I did some reading.  Not as much as I thought I would of course, all that nice sunshiny weather got in the way of that plan, but I did get a few books read. First up was Running from the Devil by more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 12, 2009 | 3 comments
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