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A review of Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, & Landscape by Robyn Lea

There is not an easy way to classify this gorgeous, gorgeous book. It's cataloged and shelved with the cookbooks but there's a lot more going on here.  It's an art book, a photography book, and a study of an artist. International photographer and writer Robyn Lea wrote to the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center in New Mexico to request access to approximately fifty of the artist's recipe and garden books. Her plan was to go through each book looking for annotations or notes that might share ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2017 | 0 comments
New Fall Titles I've had three hits right in a row and they're all books due out this fall (but already in LINKcat, so you can place your holds). Much like the movies, when the studios hold their best for the latter part of the year, publishers have a big push in the fall. And this year I'm already feeling it with my recent reads. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld is the first of these. Naomi is a finder of lost children. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Did you know that the upper leaves on trees are smaller than the lower ones so the sun will touch each leaf? Or that the taproot of that huge tree in your yard sucks up all the moisture from the ground during the day, but generously returns it to the soil at night? Or that trees can communicate danger (ravenous moths are coming!) to each other from miles away? These and other facts are described in Lab Girl, a memoir and a hymn to plants, by Hope Jahren. In it, she tells of her ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
July 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Me by Daniel Riley

This is my book of the summer. Last year I was talking up Emma Cline's The Girls and Charles Manson-style cults in California. Here I am one year later focused on another book about a young woman in California that has a similar vibe, rich language, intense plot and outstanding cover.  Suzy Whitman is a recent Vassar graduate and has the smarts and talent to take the world by storm. But she's directionless, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 26, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I'm guessing that it's no secret to most of you readers that librarians are drawn to books about books. Tell us a book is set in a library or book store, we're there. Tell us a book is about all the books someone else has read, we're there. We're pretty easy that way. In the case of How to Find Love in a Bookshop, the draw was well worth it. This is a warm, delightful book with interesting characters and just enough drama to keep me turning the pages. Emilia Nightingale is grieving the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

In some ways, it’s hard to believe that the events David Grann recounts in Killers of the Flower Moon could qualify as nonfiction. There are outlaws, a self-defined ‘king’, incredible wealth, betrayal of the deepest sort and characters straight out of Central Casting. Yet, knowing this nation’s history of its treatment of Native Americans, the murders that took place in 1920s Osage County, Oklahoma, and their aftermath are all too believable. Grann’s account of the cold-blooded killing ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Before we were Free by Julia Alvarez

From real life experiences and tragedies comes a story written by Julia Alvarez that shares the struggles for freedom in the Dominican Republic around the 1960’s. Incorporated with pieces of her own life, she writes a book about a fictional character, Anita. Just like her, Anita de la Torre was once living happily and peacefully along with her family in Latin America, but then her world gets thrown upside down when secrets start to spill and an assassination of the dictator comes into play. ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
July 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Goldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson

Lots of mysteries crop up when you live in a hotel that has its own detective agency! I love everything about Goldie Vance, teen detective and amateur race car driver. The setting is cool, the cast of characters is interesting and diverse and there are lots of science and history tie-ins. Goldie lives with her dad in a fancy Florida resort in what appears to be the early 1960s. Her dad manages the place and her best friend works at the front desk. Goldie works as a valet at the resort, which is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles for August Dear sweet readers, with the waning of summer comes the waning of big summer titles. But fear not, as there are still a few big names coming to library shelves to tide you into the Labor Day weekend. If you’re not into waiting for that big blockbuster to arrive, check out some of the debut authors taking their bow this month. Here’s an abbreviated run-down of August’s new and notables: Mystery readers have an embarrassment of riches this August, as two of the genre’s biggest names release new ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Everyone has stories to write, even if your writing...squiggles a little. All you need to start is a single letter. What will happen next?Preschool kids will love the comic book style of A Squiggly Story, grown-ups will be reminded how easy and fun writing a story together can be! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 14, 2017 | 0 comments
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