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A review of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Reworking Shakespeare for contemporary times is nothing new: one need only look at films like 10 Things I Hate About You teen angst or Kurosawa’s feudal Japan-set Throne of Blood (retellings of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, respectively). It is perhaps a little less common to retell his stories in novel form. Hogarth Press has launched an intriguing new series that enlists some notable literary and popular authors to do their best with the Bard’s plots ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

With the retirement of beloved Lakeview Librarian Katie (sorely missed), I've taken over as an interim leader for the mystery book group at that library. For my first discussion we read The Cold Cold Ground and I couldn't have had a better first read and discussion. This is McKinty's first book in his Sean Duffy series and introduces RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) detective Sean Duffy working in Northern Ireland in 1981 at the height of the "Troubles". Sean is a rarity, a Catholic ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

I was so excited when my co-worker Jane gave me the galley to Alan Bradley's lastest novel, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel. My favoirte precocious sleuth has returned. She is a bit wiser and more grownup, but she's still Flavia, twelve going on thrity. Flavia de Luce, has returned home to England after being kicked out of her Canadian boarding school. It's ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman

Has there ever quite been an era like the years of Victoria’s reign? Between 1837 and 1901, the world saw tremendous change in technology, politics and social standards, particularly in Britain. It’s a time that’s always held a particular fascination with modern thought—how many times has the liberality of our times been compared to the straight-laced, everyone-in-their-place conception of Victorian society? But what really was it like to live as an ordinary person in Victorian England? ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will start tomorrow and will run from June 23rd – July 7th, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips was an auto-read author for me for a long time, and then for some reason, probably because of the hundreds of other books vying for my attention, she fell out of sight for me. So when I received a pre-publication of her latest I thought I'd check her out again. And I'm happy I did. This one is sparkly (and not just on the cover). Snarky humor and sharp dialogue spoken by clever characters makes this a a sparkly read. Piper Dove is desperate to make her detective agency ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

The Lusitania has recently been sunk. World War I is on going and the United States is trying to stay neutral. That is the setting for a new historical mystery set in 1915 New York City. The main character of  ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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July Titles Midsummer tends to see a bit of a slowing in publishing compared to the big releases of June, but this July still has its share of notable titles. It’s a good month for authors undertaking their sophomore efforts: both Jessie Burton (last year’s bestseller The Miniaturist) and Eleanor Brown (author of The Weird Sisters ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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