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A review of The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The world of the lifeboat was contradictory. Cast upon the vastness of the North Atlantic, survivors of the wrecked Empress Alexandra are struggling to survive, confidently awaiting rescue in the busy shipping lanes, yet they hoard water and dried fish should the reality of their situation become grimmer. There are thirty-nine bedraggled survivors in the tiny craft as Grace Winter begins her account of the days and weeks spent in that lifeboat: there will be far fewer when rescue comes. What ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 15, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming titles Summer is a time to relax and catch up with old friends, both real and fictional. So I thought that I would share some of the mysteries that I am looking forward to reading this summer. Here is part 3 of my 3 part summer mystery list.  The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen [8/21]setting: Copenhagen, Denmarkcharacter: Detective Carl Mørck ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of Let's Play House by Emma Quay

I know I’ve discovered a new favorite book whenever I find myself wishing I could crawl inside the story and live there. That doesn’t happen very often with board books, and even less often with a multi-book series, so I was thrilled to discover the “Hello, Friends” books, written by Emma Quay and illustrated by Anna Walker. Three friends, a panda, an owl and a sheep, play together in these four delightful tales about imagination, bravery, sharing and bedtime. Although those topics have been ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
August 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelley

Summer's not over! Are you still looking for a fun beach read?  Love in a Nutshell is a cozy comedy/romance/suspense novel set in Keene's Harbor, Michigan, home of The Nutshell Bed and Breakfast. Or what will someday be The Nutshell B&B.    The main character, Kate Appleton, has had a run of bad luck. She's lost her job, her husband and her dog. She's slightly unhinged, but super cute, and working to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Although she no longer has her TV show, Oprah Winfrey is still a book lover. She has started a new digital (2.0) book club to replace the one she had on the TV show and Wild by Cheryl Strayed was her first choice. It is easy to see why Oprah was drawn to this book. Strayed took an unusual and  brave step for a 26-year-old woman setting out alone to hike 1100 miles  on ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Rita Award Winners The Romance Writers of America held their annual conference last week and named their 2012 RITA Awards. If you're heading off on vacation you might want to grab a few of these: Best First Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesContemporary Series Romance:  ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

A few years ago, Kate Summerscale scored a deserved bestseller hit with The Suspicions of Mr. WhicherIn that book, she took an obscure murder in the bucolic English countryside and used it to reveal a wider story encompassing the birth of Scotland Yard, the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Between Two Ends by David Ward

Sure, it's fun to get lost in a good book for a few hours, but what if you had to stay there forever? Could you survive the blistering sands, talking tigers and the armed palace guards of The Arabian Nights? Yeats knows that something unsettling happened in his Gran's old house years ago, even if no one else will talk about it. But when his very presence puts events in motion, Yeats must rely on his wits and his heart to lead him through an adventure that will redeem or destroy his ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson

Want to get your mind off the heat?  Then check out A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson.  The setting is Edmonton in the dead of winter with temperatures below zero.  Minus thirty below make me appreciate the warmer weather (or least be thankful that the cold weather is months away, hopefully).  Leo Desroches, a half French-Canadian, a half Cree journalist with an addiction problem ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Girl Walks into a Bar-- : Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch

I don't get why Rachel Dratch isn't more famous. I mean, I think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are wildly talented, super funny and likable ladies, but SO IS RACHEL DRATCH. How is it that seemingly exactly equal people starting out in comedy together can have careers that take off in completely different directions? I'm not sure all the answers are in this book but the most obvious one is totally disgusting. It's that Rachel Dratch isn't as cute as Hollywood would like. Rachel openly discusses her ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
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