Book cover of Silence of the Lambs
The NPR audience cast more than 17, 000 votes to select "Killer Thrillers" - the most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels ever written (along with Truman Capote's sensational true-crime book). Find the top ten titles listed below in our library catalog: 1. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi's novel The Windup Girl is getting tons of praise from critics; it's already won a Nebula Award and the Locus Award and is nominated for a more

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August 6, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

At the bookstore where I used to work they had a mystery book group called the ArmchairTravelers. Their mission: to explore the world via the mysteries they read each month. Have I got the book for them. more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 5, 2010 | 0 comments
Book cover of How I Made it to Eighteen
Librarian Kathy recently commented on MADreads about the second annual Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer list from I appreciate a nice list like this and am always looking for graphic novel guidance and recommendations, so I am slowly making my way through it. Some background about my graphic novel tastes: I prefer more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 2, 2010 | 2 comments
Book cover of Name of the Wind
There is a certain tradition in Fantasy fiction of the noble hero going out on a quest, usually with a couple of elves or dwarves, and then finding the magic whatsit to save the world as we know it. While that tradition has certainly yielded some great stories, it's always a treat to come across something a little different. Here are three titles that I've recently read and enjoyed. more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
July 30, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson takes place in the present day more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 29, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor

...these are just a few of the stories animal behaviorist and trainer Karen Pryor includes in her latest book, more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 28, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

I've never read Mary Balogh before, but I was in the mood for a nice, old-fashioned little Regency romance and this book received a glowing review in Library Journal. It's a short novel, just under 200 pages, and zips right along. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 27, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery by Kerry Greenwood

It's summer, and like a lot of Madisonians, I'm looking to get out of town fora few days. But sincethe budget doesn't allow for much beyond ajaunt to Paoli (a nice town, but still), most of the traveling I'm going to do comes throughbooks, and murder mysteries in particular. This year, I'm going to Australia on the cheap, courtesy of authors Kerry Greenwood and Peter Temple. more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 26, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

One of the worst things I can ever envision is to be imprisoned for a crime you didn't commit. Imagining someone having to go through the indignities, loss of freedom and choice, and the endless monotony of being in prison when they're innocent horrifies me. How do you get through that? Knowing you're innocent and spending time in a system that is set up for the guilty? Very tough to imagine. But what about going to prison for a crime you did commit? Is that less scary? Going to federal prison more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 23, 2010 | 0 comments
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