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A review of Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

Cheryl Blackford’s debut children’s novel is an expertly layered tale of two siblings evacuated from their hometown in England during World War II, to live with strangers in the Yorkshire countryside. Lizzie and her brother Peter do not feel at home with their brusque new guardian Madge, wife of the local policeman. And things only get more complicated when Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby and takes it home to Madge. Exploring the parallel child’s-eye-view accounts of Lizzie and Elijah, a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

There are many ways to celebrate this month and the accomplishments of African Americans in our history and in our community. To start you off, here are a few events going on at our libraries. But events aside, you can also celebrate by reading. And after hearing about Beverly Jenkins in the latest edition of ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
February 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon

2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, Frann Preston-Gannon, makes her US picture book debut with the fun new book Pepper & Poe.Pepper the cat leads a nice orderly life.  He has his daily routine and likes it that way.  Then one day a new kitten Poe joins the family and messes everything up.  All Poe wants to do is play - but that disrupts Pepper's plans.  Will the two ever learn to get along and become friends?  Will Pepper ever have his order restored? ...read more

Reviewed by Jenny on
February 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Finally. Somebody throws the doors wide open on the discussion of working moms and introduces a thought-provoking personal experiment. I needed this book. Shonda Rhimes is a critically acclaimed television producer and writer whose shows include Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye, writer of the excellent Timothy Wilde mysteries set in 19th century NYC, has something new for her fans (and their numbers will grow with this book, I predict). Her new novel is a historical one to be sure, but it's also an homage to Jane Eyre - if Jane Eyre killed the people who did her wrong instead of just silently suffering. Though this is described in the blurb as a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana J. Knizhnik

This is an exceptional book about the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). I have no doubt that RBG will go down in history as one of the most influential figures in the fight for gender equality and civil rights and now she's got the positive notoriety of an Internet movement behind her. The idea behind the RBG craze started with a maverick young lawyer named Shana Knizhnik who created the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

It’s the most American of pursuits: identify a niche in the market, establish yourself in business, determine what your customers need and want, and ride the wave of prosperity so you can achieve the big house or a comfortable life for your family. It’s worked for generations of Americans in small towns across the nation. But as journalist Sam Quinones reports, it’s the same recipe that has led to one of the most pressing and underreported crises of our time: skyrocketing opiate addiction. In ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 28, 2016 | 0 comments
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees The National Book Critics Circle Awards, determined by a jury of critics and book review editors, honor excellence in six categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  Nominees in all categories follow: Fiction Lauren Groff Fates and FuriesPaul Beatty, The Sellout ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of We are not ourselves by Matthew Thomas

At over 600 pages, this isn’t a light read, but Matthew Thomas uses the pages to plunge us deeply into a life’s story--spanning the time from before Eileen Tumulty was born to Irish immigrants in 1941, through the adulthood of her son in the 2000’s, in Queens, New York City. Using historical and cultural context, Thomas shows us how much a product of our environment (family, history, politics, society) we are, and how much our expectations are shaped by these influences. He also shows us how ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
January 25, 2016 | 0 comments
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