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Nevada Barr Event Join other mystery and book club enthusiasts and bestselling author Nevada Barr for the biggest book club ever! This free event begins on April 24th at 6 pm with library facilitated book discussions of The Rope by Nevada Barr. At 7:30, Nevada Barr will give a brief reading followed by a question and answer session using questions identified in book group discussions. Books will be sold at the event and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
April 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

It sounds absolutely ludicrous to say that a book about finding work as a nanny in Australia for a family that just lost its mother to cancer is sweet and funny, but here it goes. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan is sweet and funny. I can't get enough of Kelly Corrigan. She's strong, she's honest and true. The way she is able to get to the heart of any situation and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 1, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox has written an enthralling book about the decipherment of Linear B taking place over half a century from the discovery of the tablets to the conclusion by Michael Ventris in 1952. She starts with a 1900 excavation in Crete by Sir Arthur Evans. Her book looks at both Evans and Ventris but really seeks to give credit to the unsung scholar, Alice Kober, whose work paved the way for the inspired conclusion in 1952. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 31, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble is the best kind of historical fiction. It tells the story of a real event, the 1854 London cholera outbreak, through the eyes of a fictional thirteen year old boy, Eel. Eel is a likable protagonist with a secret and a story of his own. He is a mudlark, sifting through the muck of the Thames river for things to sell. He supplements his income by doing odd jobs around his neighborhood and beyond. One of those jobs is cleaning the animal cages of the great Dr. John Snow ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 28, 2014 | 3 comments
A review of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue truly broke out, literarily speaking, with her contemporary psychological thriller, Room which came out a few years ago. But the novel that first got her real critical notice was her historical novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Not everyone likes to write lists. But I like to write lists. And Ramsey Beyer likes to write lists. That's why I like Ramsey Beyer's book about leaving a small rural community in Michigan and starting her first year at art school in Baltimore. Ramsey shares the lists she creates about everything related to everything: what she's going to do, how she's going to act, what she needs, her favorite things and on and on. Once she gets to school and gets settled in she makes lists of who she's met, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Another Bucket List: Latin American Literature Recommended bucket lists generally catch my eye. So when I saw the article title "Top 20 Latin American Books to Read Before You Die". I had to check out the choices of the Latin Times. Some I've read. How about you? Have you read any? Is there a title that they missed? One Hundred ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

Ah, wondrous science! On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne is a sparse yet brilliant picture book biography that will engage and inspire young readers. The book begins with baby Einstein, who didn’t utter a single word for a very long time. He just watches and wonders at the world around him. When he begins school, his teachers think him strange. But Albert was always pondering numbers, light, and space . . . His wonderings led to many amazing scientific ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
March 21, 2014 | 0 comments
Spring Fancies My last post was all about dark and twisty tales. But spring begins today. Really. It does. Gone are the gray days of winter (probably not, but we can hope) and my fancy has turned to happier, lighter things. If you are also looking for a break from the darker days of winter, here are a couple of fun, charmers to lighten the mood. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is the first in a trilogy ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Survivor Fiction I've decided to create a new subgenre and call it "Survivor Fiction". First I'll tell you what these aren't. They aren't about the last survivor of a plane crash or fictional takeoffs of the tv show about a group of people competing until the last man is standing (i.e. much of the dystopian fiction being written). What they are, are books about characters who've come through terrible events and survived. And not only have they survived, but they've done so by working very hard to make sure they ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 18, 2014 | 0 comments
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