A review of The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Love this one. I'll just start with that. I've grown a bit weary of the unreliable narrator domestic suspense subgenre of thrillers lately. Still some great ones coming out (The Breakdown, The Marriage Pact to name a couple), but more and more often I find them a bit of a slog. That's why this one was such a nice surprise. It's a domestic thriller, but doesn't rely on the unreliable narrator ( more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Mom, There's a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan

A mother is busy working in the kitchen, when her young son announces that there is a bear at the door of their apartment - on the eleventh floor!  There is humorous banter between mother and son as he explains just how the bear arrived at their door, and what it will take for the bear to get back home.   This fun story should appeal to children with grand imaginations and those who delight in tall-tales. Be sure to look for Mom, There's a Bear at the Door the next time you are at the more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
True Murder Stories ​Do you like reading about actual cirmes? Then check out this list of Alexandria Marzaqno-Lesnevich's 's more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

There’s been a bit of buzz among book people about Anthony Horowitz’s new novel The Magpie Murders, leading to it being named the top pick for June’s Library Reads and sparking a bit of a ‘dibs’ war when an advanced readers’ copy landed in the library office. It’s no wonder: Horowitz’s novel has been billed as an homage to the golden age of the British mystery, and a compelling novel-within-a-novel in its own right. There’s some catty commentary more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is now 84 years old! This knocked my socks off. What a pleasure it was to read this book - it's a chronology for fans of Carol Burnett, fans of The Carol Burnett Show, and fans of television comedy and media history. This serves as a thorough inventory of what putting a live variety show together in the late 1960s through the 1970s was like, from the nitty-gritty of sketch writing to the sound effects, staging and sets, studio audience and famous guests.  The options more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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Forthcoming Events I don't know if you knew this or not, but the Wisconsin Book Festival holds events all year round. Madison Public Library hosts the Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series throughout the year as a way of generating awareness about the festival and solidifying author programming in the community. In fact, in early June there will be two such events. On June 3 - 7 pm, in the Central Library 3rd floor Community RoomsScott Turow - more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 22, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Alex, Approximatley by Jenn Bennett

Cute, cute. This book is a perfect poolside/sandy-beach/lazing-on-your-friend's-back-patio-when-you're-supposed-to-be-mowing-the-lawn read. Is it too early for that? In my case, it was a first-nice-week-of-spring-thrilled-to-have-the-windows-open-what-do-mean-my-dishes-are-piled-up-there-is-a-BREEZE-through-my-CURTAINS-and-these-fictional-teenagers-are-in-LOVE read.  Quick, sweet, and delightfully non-taxing, this YA homage to Norah Ephron's You've Got Mail, tells the story of two more

Reviewed by Beth M on
May 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be An Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark, III

This new biographical collection from Wisconsin Historical Society Press is an important contribution to our local and national culture. The cover art demands attention and I predict book groups will spend lots of time discussing that image as well as the poetry and prose of Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III.  Louis grew up on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin near Green Bay during the 1960s and shares his history as an more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles After the frenzy of new titles that marked May, publishers are taking it a bit easy in June. Still, there are enough new and notables to satisfy (most) readers. Thriller readers always get a lot to choose from, and June will see that to-be-read pile grow even more. Fiona Barton returns after last year’s successful debut The Widow with The Child; look for this suspense tale centered on the discovery of a long-buried child’s skeleton to hit shelves at the end of more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 16, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Have you ever wished you could trade lives with someone? Well, be careful what you wish for . . . . In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca (Bec) Winter disappeared. In 2014, a young woman is arrested for shoplifting. She is dirty, hungry and desperate. She remembers how a boyfriend once commented on how much she looks like the missing girl. It seems like a great way to escape her current problems - claim to be the missing girl, then make a get away. What could go wrong?   The story goes back more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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