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A review of Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan

Sometimes I'm reluctant to write a review of a book. Not because the book was bad but because it was good. So good that I know I won't be able to do it justice with my own words. Bad Things Happen is just such a book. Harry Dolan crosses Raymond Chandleresque noir with Quentin Tarantino's rapid-fire dialog and complicated plotting style. All this leavened with enough dry wit to make a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 4, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Book geeks like me always look forward to the National Book Awards, and this year provided a little more drama due to a hazy phone connection and some hurried backtracking in the young adult category (happily settled, thankfully). The other surprise of the evening came in the fiction category.  Often viewed as an award to honor more critically acclaimed but lesser known authors, this year’s winner Salvage the Bones ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

The artist being referred to in this story is Franz Marc, a famous abstract artist who was criticized for painting a horse blue. The author Eric Carle believes that “children ought not be inhibited by conventional rules (in art) but, instead should be encouraged to express their natural talents freely and joyfully.” To express this belief, Carle paints pictures of various animals in unusual colors. There is an orange elephant, a red crocodile, a polka-dotted donkey and several more uniquely ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
December 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

This one has been getting such raves (here and here as examples) that it has been on my to-be-read list for a while. Because of its dark subject matter Turn of Mind is one of those books that I have to read when I'm in the right frame of mind, so it has been back ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 29, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is a blue-haired, tattoo-covered teenage art student in Prague. This alone is probably enough to make her interesting, but add to that the fact that she's an orphan who has been raised by chimaera - namely a gruff part man-part beast named Brimstone who makes a living collecting teeth - and things start to get weird. Karou is used to having her days interrupted by Kishmish, a part crow/part bat who sends her on errands for Brimstone, but when the portals that she uses to travel quickly ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
December 28, 2011 | 0 comments
Recommended History Books Like reading history?  Why not check out some new history books? There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new library booklist-- History Books, Recommended in 2011 ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Red Glass by Laura Resau

From Caitlin, a Teen's Choice Book Reviewer: I really liked Red Glass, and I recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting and funny story. This book has good, believable dialogue and many commonly stereotyped characters that defy stereotypes, such as Sophie's great aunt Dika and Angel. I also liked how the book was about more than illegal immigration from Mexico and really was about family, love, dealing with loss and death, and forgiveness. It was easy to read, funny (it made me ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
December 23, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

This first novel by Seattle-ite Sarah Jio has one of the most appealing book covers I've seen in a long time.  I haven't heard anything about the author, haven't read any reviews, but I like the way the book looks and sometimes that's enough for me to get started. The main character, Emily, is a bestselling author with writer's block. She's going through a divorce and her agent encourages her to get away for a bit, convinced that she'll find inspiration if she gives herself some fresh ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of To Pleasure a Duke by Sara Bennett

Be careful who you say that you want to marry. It might come true. In the lastest book in Sara Bennett's Husband Hunters' Club series, To Pleasure a Duke, Miss Eugenie Belmont is in a pickle. Her friends at school are playing a marriage game. Although she has no eligible husband prospects, she could not let her classmates know that. So in her panic she gets carried away and names the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins

The dynamic duo is back at it again! Join Steve Jenkins and Robin Page for a munching, chewing and gulping good time! In Time to Eat, Jenkins and Page explore the fascinating world of animal eating behavior. For example . . . did you know that an anaconda swallows its prey whole and only needs to eat four or five times a year? And . . . did you know that a baby blue whale drinks the equivalent of 800 glasses of milk each day? This fascinating book will give young animal enthusiasts the ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 16, 2011 | 0 comments
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