A review of Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell

Tawni O'Dell returns to the Pennsylvania coal country in her fourth novel, a story of two families at opposite ends of the economic scale. more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
July 1, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths has the kind of protagonists I like.  Ruth Gordon is a prickly, intelligent loner who lives on the edge of a saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea in the Norfolk region of England.  She teaches archaeology at the local more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 29, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine is a short book that explains so much about male behavior.  It's all about the hormones.  Mainly (or should I say manly?), it's about the testosterone. Brizendine starts with the Greek Gods and testosterone stars more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 28, 2010 | 1 comment
A revew of Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story by Isabelle Gillies

It's sure to be a conversation starter.  I've decided the only books I can listen to in the car to and from the library must be memoirs read by the author themselves, makes me feel like I'm just listening to a more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
June 24, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

Jake Jameson has trouble finding himself, trouble locating himself in moments and places.  The retired architect stutter-steps through his days, not knowing how he got from the top of the stairs to the bottom, or what point he's been arguing so forcefully.  But, "in amongst a sea of events and names that have been forgotten, there are a number of episodes that float with striking buoyancy to the surface."  These episodes are the stories around which Samantha Harvey's more

Reviewed by Alicia - Lakeview on
June 23, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of A review of Magic & Madness in the Library edited by Eric Graeber

As a library student, checking out a book titled Magic & Madness in the Library: Protagonists Among the Stacks (edited by Eric Graeber) was almost serendipitous. The collection of story excerpts range from classic authors like more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
June 21, 2010 | 5 comments
A review of Day for Night by Frederick Reiken

I have no idea how I am going to review this book.  Frederick Reiken's Day for Night is so fantastically more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 18, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Passage by Justin Cronin

Last week Kim Ukura wrote an article for 77 Square about summer reading (several MPL staff members - past and present - were quoted, yay us!).  They included some more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 17, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Heat Wave by Richard Castle

The network television season has wound down, are you starting to go through withdrawal?  I am kicking off my summer reading with a TV spin-off novel written by the fictional novelist Richard Castle. Castle is a fun murder mystery show that airs on Mondays on ABC.  It features a popular male mystery novelist shadowing a tough female detective in order to gain inspiration for a new book series.  It's set in NYC, there's a lot of witty more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 16, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I've been waiting for Aimee Bender to write another book for quite some time - about 5 years, actually, since her last book was published in 2005.  I loved her more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 14, 2010 | 6 comments
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