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A review of Heat Wave by Richard Castle

The network television season has wound down, are you starting to go through withdrawal?  I am kicking off my summer reading with a TV spin-off novel written by the fictional novelist Richard Castle. Castle is a fun murder mystery show that airs on Mondays on ABC.  It features a popular male mystery novelist shadowing a tough female detective in order to gain inspiration for a new book series.  It's set in NYC, there's a lot of witty ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 16, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I've been waiting for Aimee Bender to write another book for quite some time - about 5 years, actually, since her last book was published in 2005.  I loved her ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 14, 2010 | 6 comments
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A review of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

I consider myself to be a member of "Team Jacob" but after reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 11, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of The Last Stand : Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick has made his name writing stories of the sea, most notably history set near his home in Nantucket.  His latest work, ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 10, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

Nancy Pickard has a great reputation as a mystery writer, but she seems to be at her best recently with  two  stand-alone suspense novels.  After her well regarded Virgin of Small Plains (2006), she has followed up with ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 9, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

From the time that we are very young, magical stories of princesses and fairies, princes and talking animals are told to us, over and over.  Fairy tales teach us of the dangers of straying from the path, of judging a man by his fur and not his heart, and of forgetting one's manners and stealing from a witch.  Breaking from rote tellings of these tales requires creative thinking on the part of both the author and the reader; author is charged with re-situating well-known characters and ...read more

Reviewed by Alicia - Lakeview on
June 8, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The South Madison Branch Library book discussion group met on a Saturday in May and discussed The Art of Racing in the Rain by ...read more

Reviewed by Lori - South Madison on
June 7, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My Name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I'm a Love-aholic by Jennifer Love Hewitt

What was I thinking with this one?  Well, I'll tell you what happened.  I am an unabashed fan of popular biography.  It all started when I was a kid and worked my way through the ancient "Childhood of Famous Americans" biography series at my library.  They were all conveniently shelved together in the 921s, so I just worked my way through the bunch.  But I soon outgrew Elizabeth Blackwell, Girl Doctor and Jane Addams, Little Lame Girl and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 5, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

With Memorial Day just past, it's time to begin summer reading in earnest.  Well, maybe summer reading isn't something you should begin "in earnest" but it's time to start.  And I can't think of a better book to start with than Treasure ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
June 3, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is no stranger to dystopian literature: her excellent novel The Handmaid's Tale is a ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 1, 2010 | 0 comments
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