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A review of She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick

Summer is here and I can’t wait to see the Madison Mallards in action! Luckily, I can enjoy a great baseball story even outside the Duck Pond thanks to a new book, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. When Effa was a young woman, there were certain jobs women just didn’t have, and African Americans faced a lot of discrimination, even in their own neighborhoods. But Effa was not about to let other people tell her what she could and couldn’t do—she stood up for her beliefs and organized her ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 13, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Selection by Keira Cass

This book has been hyped as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.*  I'll say this:  not so much, for good or bad; I really enjoyed this book as a standard YA fairy tale romance.  It's more like an extended version of the ball that Cinderella attends along with all the ladies of the land in order for the prince to find a wife, with a few television ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 12, 2012 | 1 comment
The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

I just finished this great little gem of a book:  The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt.  After 30 years together, Mia’s husband Boris announces that he needs a “pause” in their marriage.  This sends Mia off the deep end and she is locked up and medicated in a mental hospital for a week and a half.  Once discharged, she realizes she can’t stay alone in her Brooklyn apartment, so she leaves ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
July 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Game of Thrones. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R.R. Martin

I had picked up the first book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series over a year and a half ago.  I didn't have time, so I returned it without reading a single word.  Here we are now, with two seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones already aired, and nearly everyone I know having read and raved about the series.  Not reading a single word proved to be a fatal mistake in my literary life! If I had read the prologue, I ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 10, 2012 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Suggestions The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here.  Check out some books on the olympics, as well as some web pages. Some new and old books on the olympics: The Complete Book of the Olympics by David Wallechinsky & Jaime Loucky How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 9, 2012 | 0 comments
Planting Seeds
A review of Planting Seeds by Maria Sangiolo

My toddler had been obsessed with one song in the car (Fast Monkey, from Marvelous Day! by Stevesongs—if you dare listen to it with your kids—it is fun!) and every time we got in the car he would demand that song. I’ve tried sneaking in other CD’s but nothing has held his interest until I discovered Planting Seeds by Maria Sangiolo. Not only has he picked a few favorite tracks to ask for over and over (hooray, ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of White Horse by Alex Adams

I'm not sure where I first heard about White Horse but it's a title that's been making the rounds in the buzz of the book world online. So when my copy came in I was glad to dive into the post-apocalyptic world created in Alex Adams' debut (first in a planned trilogy). White Horse takes place now or in the very near future in a world decimated by pandemic disease, war and the resultant general breakdown of most of the world's infrastructure. The breakdown was gradual. First ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion by Adam Hochschild

One type of book that I can never get enough of is 'hidden history' books.  These books take what you learned in your high school history class and reveal the shades of gray, the unknown or forgotten men and women who played roles in shaping our world, and make our current world much easier to understand.  While history books are intimidating to many, I think if you find one on a subject that interests you, you will be converted to the ranks of history lovers. One book I would ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell has been busy. The last time we saw him, the king’s right hand man had engineered the end of one royal marriage to make way for another, inching the monarch towards a new faith and consolidating his own position at court. With Anne safely on the throne, he could be excused for relaxing a bit, but the king has already grown dissatisfied with his new queen, and no one but Cromwell can execute the delicate task of removing crowns and the power that comes with them. It promises to ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Cookiebot! by Katie Van Camp

Harry and Horsie are back! In this adventure, Harry wants to stop his tummy rumblings with a cookie, but for some reason, the cookie jar has been placed out of reach. How can he get his treat? Invent a cookie-seeking robot, of course! Red, yellow and blue illustrations with an old-timey feel make CookieBot and his rampage down Fifth Avenue feel like it's straight out of an old comic book. A fun-filled story for cookie and robot lovers alike. ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 29, 2012 | 0 comments
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