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Recommended History Books Like reading history?  Why not check out some new history books? There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new library booklist-- History Books, Recommended ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee

Orange, blue, white and black are the only four colors needed in this beautifully illustrated new picture book. The bold, graphic images are the perfect backdrop for a day in the life of Elizabeth, who is a perfectly normal girl with a bit of a sassy streak. If you have a name that can be shortened, you'll enjoy watching Elizabeth try to navigate a day as Lizzy, Liz, and WORST OF ALL Betsy! ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
December 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans is a novel that is hard to slot into a category. Might it be considered  historical fiction? A mystery? A love story? Or even a tragedy? Readers of this well written book will not care about this, but will be quickly drawn in to the story and the description of life on a remote island where the lighthouse keeper lives alone with his family. Tom Sherborne has survived years of fighting on the Western front in World War I and has returned to Australia to ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 13, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Yes, the premise of this book sounds grim, but it's quite enjoyable to read. Will Schwalbe's mother Mary Anne is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She's got an indeterminate amount of time to spend in waiting rooms and in recovery while undergoing cancer treatments. She shares a love of books and reading with her son, so they decide to start a little book group, just the two of them, to discuss books while waiting for appointments and treatments. It's a nice idea, low pressure, and a great way ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Origin by Jessica Khoury

When you're the only teenager living in a compound of secret research labs in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, life can be a bit lonely. It's even worse when you're the only person in the world who's going to live forever. In Jessica Khoury's debut novel Origin, Pia is the first and only immortal human, the result of generations of genetic experimentation by scientists who devote their lives to this hidden compound and its ethically questionable research. Pia has been raised by ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
December 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok

Mira Bartok was born Myra Herr. She changed her name in order to escape from her deeply mentally ill mother. And that’s what this memoir is about. To tell her story, Mira starts at the end-- bedside as her mother is dying in hospice (and still schizophrenic.) For over 17 years Mira had not seen or spoken to her mother. And quite quickly in the narrative we find that her childhood was bad. But the reader doesn’t know exactly what led to this level of disconnect between Mira and her mother ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
December 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I could not put this book down--it was an engrossing, emotional rollercoaster ride. Ten-year-old August (Auggie), is going to school for the very first time after being homeschooled by his mother. He is apprehensive about entering the 5th grade because of the way he looks. Auggie was born with severe facial deformities that have required extensive surgeries, but he still doesn’t look “normal.” At one point, Auggie says, “I won’t describe what I look like.  Whatever you are thinking, it’s ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
December 7, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners

Grace Grows is an extremely apt title for Shelle Sumners' lovely new novel. I came into this thinking it was one thing; light, gal-in-the-city, chick-lit. But instead got an angsty, witty, emotional read that really grew on me. Just as Grace grew between the pages. Grace Barnum thinks she has her life pretty figured out. She has a good job editing educational textbooks (even if she occasionally gets frustrated by the politics of the process - you'd be surprised), she has a solid ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I'm not super into dragons and I probably never will be. But Clay Jannon, the new clerk at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in San Francisco, was obsessed with them in 6th grade and developed his most enduring relationship because of them. Clay and his best friend Neel bonded over the "The Dragon-Song Chronicles" and have remained tight ever since. "The Dragon-Song Chronicles" are referenced over and over again and ultimately help solve the puzzle that is this book, but you do not need to know ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A cliff top factory deep in the Norwegian wilderness. A beautiful, isolated ranch deep in the New Mexico wilderness that suddenly becomes a hub of government activity. Clandestine meetings, secret messages in invisible ink, scientists disappearing to points unknown on secret missions. It sounds like it could be a mid-seventies James Bond film, but all of these elements can be found in the remarkable story of the world’s most dangerous weapon—the atomic bomb. In his history of one of the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 4, 2012 | 1 comment
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