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A review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Have you ever wondered just what might happen if…you shot an arrow in space? Or what would happen if a thunderstorm dropped all of its rain in one single gigantic drop? Randall Munroe, author of the web comic xkcd and its spin off site What If? has both the time, knowledge and insanity sanity to pursue answers to the unlikely scenarios that faithful readers submit, digging down to the scientific details to reveal some ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 8, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham

Much has been written about this book already, and it's been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for several months. It seems as though everybody has an opinion about Lena Dunham, her HBO television series Girls and this book. Why read another review? Maybe you're already waiting for this book and I want to cement that choice for you. Maybe you are looking for post- ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend by Dan Santat

Beekle was born to be an imaginary friend, but no one has imagined him yet!  When Beekle courageously sets out for the real world, will he finally find the special friend of his dreams?  The Adventures of Beekle is a brilliant feast for eyes and hearts, but don't just try to imagine it--borrow it from your local library today! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
January 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

I first learned about Call the Midwife from the BBC television series of the same name that won my heart with a historical view of 1950’s London through the lens of a bright-eyed young midwife in training. The tv series is thoughtfully done with just the right balance of medical history and personal intrigue. I picked up the book out of interest in how much of the ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

The  Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville is the last in her Wild Quartet series. If you like your historical romances with some intrigue and mystery, then check out this series. Each novel can be read on its own, but it's satisfying to find out how each of the friends find love in the face of adversity. The books are The ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Elliot, Big city by Mike Curato

Will Little Elliot the small, white, polka-dotted elephant be the next big children’s book character?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that this is one book I couldn’t rightly judge by its cover.  Little Elliot is a small soul overlooked in a big and bustling New York City.  Pushed around in subway crowds, unable to reach up to the bakery counter to purchase a cupcake, Elliot defines the word diminutive.  Until, that is, he meets Mouse.  Mouse needs Elliot, and ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
December 26, 2014 | 0 comments
My Top Ten For the first ten days of the month librarians around the country counted down their top ten books read for 2014 and listed them on Twitter using the hashtag #libfaves14. The top title was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I loved and reviewed. Though I really enjoyed Fikry, it didn't ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Open up this lovely and colorful picture book about author and illustrator Lois Ehlert! The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life (Beach Lane Books, 2013) reads like a personal journal or memory book, with the added benefit of having Ehlert’s own stunning artwork, personal jottings, and inspirations filling every page. We get to see a yellowed photo of her parents after a trek to hunt wild asparagus. We get a peek at her folk art and fishing lure collection – we see mock-ups of some of her ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann

Wow. This is one of the most unsettling books I've read. Take a good look at the cover of this book and you'll notice that there is something not quite right about the fairy landscape. Right there, on the front cover, in a green, leafy setting is a tiny fairy creature snuggled up to a human hand. A dead, decomposing human hand. Shiver. What's going on here? In a nutshell, this book is about a crisis. What happens in a crisis? Who takes charge in a crisis and who takes advantage? How do you ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Last January, romance author Tessa Dare launched her new series Castles Ever After with the acclaimed Romancing the Duke, a novel that I basically devoured in a day. It would be a hard story to follow up, but Dare has written a memorable installment with Say Yes to the Marquess, a tale that ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 15, 2014 | 0 comments
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