Normandy Invasion Books The last original Navajo Code Talker just died, so as more and more World War II vets die, it is important to remember what happened all those years ago. Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France, began on June 6, 1944.  D-day led to the liberation of Northern France and eventually to the end of the Nazi regime when the Allies met up with the Russians.  Below are some old and new books on D-day.  There are many others in LINKcat under the subject: : more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The world has gone to hell. The environment has collapsed, as has the economy. World-wide, all governments have fallen to the martial law of the Reestablishment, which is run by a single Supreme Commander. The globe is divided into numbered sectors, each with a ruthless leader, all resources are seized, all citizens mercilessly catalogued and controlled.  At the same time, the changes in the environment have caused super-human adaptations, and a set of gifted people and their families have more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
June 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth

Just in time for our science-themed Summer Reading Club comes this amazingly beautiful non-fiction gem. Parrots Over Puerto Rico tells the history of both the island of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot. With rich back matter explaining the efforts made to save the Puerto Rican parrot, including photographs of the birds and scientists, this is a great choice for a wide variety of interest levels. And, you can't miss the more

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June 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lock In by John Scalzi

I've had a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. I'm still recommending The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (who is local, btw) to anyone who'll listen. And I can't wait until later this year to write a review about a new Urban Fantasy book Burn for Me by more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 5, 2014 | 0 comments
Crime Fiction Every year Booklist picks their favorite top 10 crime novels published between May of last year and April of the current year. They also included their top crime novel debuts. Have you read any? I'm a big Louise Penny fan, so I really enjoyed How the Light Gets In more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of OverDrive Big Library Read: A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson

OverDrive is thrilled to announce the next Big Library Read - a cozy mystery for readers to kick off the summer just right: A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 by Laurien Berenson. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Pedigree to Die For for community-wide access from more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 3, 2014 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Begins Summer Reading for all ages begins today. The library’s Summer Reading Clubs are free, city-wide programs that encourage children and teens (adults too) to “fill in the blanks” by pursuing their individual reading choices and interests.  Students can lose more than two months of reading achievement over summer vacation. Don’t forget about the easiest activity your children can do to help combat summer learning loss: reading! By continuing to read over the summer, children maintain their more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off! by Nate Ball

We here at Madison Public Library are gearing up for our Summer Reading Club. The theme this year is: Fizz, Boom, Read! And what better way to start our summer of science than with this funny and smart book about a boy and the alien who crash lands into his bedroom. Zack McGee, a 4th grader, starts to fall asleep one night while studying his science homework. Before going to bed, he notices what looks like a falling star. After he makes his wish, he opens his eyes and realizes it’s more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
May 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble

I was excited to find out that Kate Noble has a new novel coming out this summer. She is one of my favorite romance writers. Her Regency romances are well-written, have realistic characters and enjoyably complex story lines. The Game and the Governess is no exception. It is about a bored earl and an astute governess who learn that life is not a game. In fact, after finishing the book I discovered that more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I think of B.J. Novak first and foremost as Ryan Howard, the character he played for eight years on The Office. The real B.J. Novak is a wunderkind stand-up comedian, comedy television writer and, now, short story writer. I'm a big fan of comedy essay-memoirs like those written by Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling and Jim Gaffigan and thought this might be similar in vein but it's not. It more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2014 | 0 comments
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