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A review of Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf, and Other Brief Essays From On and Off the Back Forty by Michael Perry

Michael Perry’s latest book, Roughneck Grace, is a compilation of his weekly Wisconsin State Journal columns of the same name. He treats us to an inside view of Wisconsin farm life; life on the road as an author/entertainer; relationships with friends and family; reflections on aging; and gratitude for life’s experiences. For those who have trouble committing to novel-length text--good news! There is no story in this book longer than 3 pages. But Perry makes masterful use of ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

She's got a hard shell on the outside and is sweet and melty on the inside. Or maybe assertive, blunt and cranky on the outside and warm-hearted, generous and looking for love on the inside. Inside or out, Agatha Raisin is a smart, retired public relations guru from London moonlighting as an amateur detective in the Cotswolds. She's got a shiny brown bob, inquisitive bear-like eyes and excellent legs! And from the comfort of my Madison armchair, she's living the life. Agatha finds herself in ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Don't Wake Up The Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Tiger is fast asleep and snoring, and in the way! Her friends Frog, Fox, Turtle, Mouse, and Stork need the reader's help to keep Tiger snoozing as they sneak across the pages floating on balloons. A whimsical interactive book, little ones help coax Tiger back to sleep by petting her nose and rubbing her tummy, and help Fox sneak past by blowing on his balloon as it sinks dangerously close to Tiger's ears. A mix of shiny balloons and matte textured illustrations make this book even more ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 9, 2016 | 0 comments
Gift Giving Ideas It's that time of the year again - yes I'm talking 'best of' lists, but I'm also thinking of all of you struggling to find that perfect book for the reader in your life. If you're stumped (I saw a tweet this morning from a woman who always gets her kids at least one book who was struggling because her one son had already read "everything!"), I've got some tips for you. First I'd recommend starting locally. Our own Molly Warren, Collection Development Manager, was on Channel 57's Talk of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 8, 2016 | 0 comments
Books on Pearl Harbor It's been 75 years since that day of infamy.  On December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor.  Looking to read about that day and how we got there, then check out Booklist's Read-alikes Seventy-five Years of Infamy. See the list below.  In addition, the library has many more books on Pearl Harbor and World War II.  See subject heading ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

If you’re a non-scientist like me, the idea of reading a book about physics might seem a little dizzying. I was heartened by the fact that Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is written specifically for non-scientists who want to understand a little more about current scientific work in the field of physics (and it didn’t hurt that it has the word “brief” in the title, proven true with only 81 pages of text, including pictures!). While this book won’t help you decipher complex scientific ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 6, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon

With the world being such a crazy place lately I find myself searching out purely escapist reading, some romance, but even more science fiction. And as I was reading new titles I was reminded of an old Space Opera favorite, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon. So I did what any self-respecting library loving bookie would do, I put it on hold, checked it out and dove in (finished at ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of Color Me Purple by Ellie Schatz

This book came to our library at just the right time. Local author Ellie Schatz and local artist Donna J. Parker collaborated to produce this beautiful book for children and adults, with 52 pages packed full of wisdom and practical lessons about diversity. Extraordinarily well-researched, this book is clearly the brain-child of educators, artists, and activists. Intended to be read with children, the book introduces us to eight children of different colors and ethnicities, who demonstrate eight ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by Rowling, J. K. J. K. Rowling

Note: This is a spoiler-free review. If you love the Harry Potter world as much as I do, you will perhaps understand how I spent most of one cold, windy Saturday in November. See, first I went to see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and I'll say, in short and spoiler-free, it was amazing -- and for more reasons than the fact that the lead female character's name was Tina! The movie was so amazing that as soon as I got home, I listened to the soundtrack while pre- ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
December 1, 2016 | 2 comments
A review of Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan

If you’re the sort of person who is not inclined to the holiday season, there can be no greater hell on earth than a shopping mall a few days before Christmas. In Fields Where They Lay, Junior Bender—LA-based thief and detective to the criminally inclined--is decidedly not a fan of Christmas. Yet when a Russian crime boss turned retail entrepreneur hires him to find out why shoplifting has skyrocketed at his struggling mall, Junior is stuck practically taking up residence at Edgerton ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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