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A review of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of American Sniper by Chris Kyle for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

With a dad in jail and her mom AWOL, Lucille Bennett’s problems are as followed: she’s left with taking care of the house and raising her adoring little sister, Wren. Fearful of social workers that may split the sisters apart, Lucille covers for her mother’s disappearance by dodging questions by curious neighbors. She’s also forced to get a job to pay the bills, all while trying to scrape by her last year of high school. To make matters worse, she’s nearly-irrationally in love with her best ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Anticipated 2016 Mysteries ​For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my spring 2016 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend?Tundra Kill: A Novel by Stan Jones [2/1]character: policeman Nathan Activesetting: Alaska ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles by Jon Wilkman

There are a few disastrous events that will likely always be remembered: the Titanic sinking, the great San Francisco earthquake, Hurricane Katrina. But there are a few disasters that many would just as soon forget, either because of the painful memories provoked or because recalling past mistakes threatens an otherwise rosy future. This is the case, historian Jon Wilkman argues, with one of the worst man-made calamities of the early twentieth century, the failure of California’s ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton

Did you know that Dolly Parton is referred to as the book lady? She has created an exceptional program called the Imagination Library in conjunction with her Dollywood Foundation that provides books to young children. She wants to foster a love of reading in preschool children in honor of her father, who wasn't able to read and write. This inspired Dolly to not let it happen to others, so she established a program that delivers high quality books ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Enraptured by Candace Camp

Candace Camp concludes her The Secret of the Loch series, with Enraptured, an emotion-packed, sensual story of two strong-willed, stubborn people who hunt for treasure but find love along the way. This historical romance is set in the Scottish Highlands.   Lady Violet Thornhill is making her way to the ruins discovered by the Earl of Mardoun (for his story read ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of HiLo: the boy who crashed to Earth, vol. 1 by Judd Winick

D.J.'s family is full of over-achievers and the only thing that D.J. has ever excelled at is being friends with his next-door neighbor, Gina.  And then Gina moves away. So when HiLo literally drops out of the sky and needs a friend to introduce him to the ways of Earth, D.J. eagerly takes on the challenge. HiLo is impressed by everything (rice!  milk!  burping!) and is a little odd, so D.J. is reluctant to introduce HiLo to his family. Filled with literally laugh-out-loud moments ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

In the publishing world they like to liken books to other books. So they tout a new book by saying it is "the next..." fill in the blank. "This is the next Harry Potter" they tell you or "This is the next Gone Girl". That second one has been thrown around a lot with all the psychological, domestic thrillers that have been published since GG made such a splash. And in libraryland we like these short-cut descriptions because they help us to get new books to the fans of ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Fiona MacKenzie might be notorious for changing her mind, but there are a few things she’s always been sure of: she won’t fall for an athlete, won’t do long-distance relationships and she’s not a fan of beards. Ethan Dexter is as firmly convinced of one thing in particular: ever since he laid eyes on Fiona at his best friend’s wedding, he knows the New York designer is the only one for him. The problem will be convincing Fi that the bearded, New Orleans-based, NFL star center isn’t just ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Having read Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, I was left with a desire to hear more about the controversial church’s practices from its actual members. Leah Remini’s new autobiographical account of leaving the church of Scientology after over 30 years, provides just that insight. A first-hand account of Remini’s upbringing in Scientology, work in the church’s exclusive Sea Org ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 29, 2016 | 0 comments
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