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A review of The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch

What if you came from a long line of hangmen? Would you use your family history to tell stories about a hangman's life in 17th Century Germany? Well, Oliver Potzsch continues to do just that with his Hangman's Daughter series. The first one, The Hangman's Daughter was reviewed by my ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 4, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Creole Belle by James lee Burke

James Lee Burke is in top form in his latest book, Creole Belle, the nineteenth in his consistently well-written and entertaining series.  As this installment opens Dave Robicheaux, a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, and his long time friend and former New Orleans Police Department partner, Clete Purcell are still recovering from the traumatic events of the last book The Glass Rainbow. Dave is still in the hospital and on morphine when the book opens. He thinks he was ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Shakespeare professor and best-selling romance novelist Eloisa James archived her tweets and facebook posts from a yearlong sabbatical to France in this très charmant memoir. This method of short bursts of thoughts and events was distracting to me at first, but I soon got into the flow of it and fell in love with James and her family and their adventures.  After the death of her mother and her own recent bout with cancer, James and her family decided to pack it up and head to France. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Against the crisp blue of the faultless Italian sky, a young man tosses rocks into the sea, stubbornly trying to create the beach that will transform his sad little pensione into the classy resort that will cater to brilliant Americans and suave film stars of the swinging sixties. The drone of a boat motor interrupts his thoughts, and as he pauses in his Sisyphean task, he sees a vision coming towards him. She is tall, striking and lovely, an American film star here to stay at the Hotel ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Get Happy by Malachy Doyle

Happy is a great feeling, and now it's an easy feeling to share thanks to a new book called Get Happy. Author Malachy Doyle and illustrator Caroline Uff (Happy Birthday, Lulu!) combine simple text and hug-able pictures to model the best choices to turn a sad situation into a happy one. While the reassuring illustrations and inviting tone work well for bedtime, share Get Happy anytime you and your ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

London during the Blitz of WWII is often depicted as a place where everyone came together for the common good. And for the most part, I think that history holds true. But people being people, there are factions and sometimes fractures within the factions. Those fractures are what drive people to make dangerous choices and choose sides. They also make great fodder for this debut mystery. Though she was raised in the States Maggie Hope is British born. She's recently graduated from college and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 23, 2012 | 0 comments
Books to Movies I ran across the article "Books you need to read before the movies come out". According to the article and galley of pictures from the upcoming films there are titles to fit every literary taste, including classic fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, YA. Have you read any? If not, here's your chance to read before you see it in the theater. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

When worrying about the potential death of our planet, there are plenty of things to consider: global warming, holes in the ozone layer, bird flu - the list goes on and on. One possibility that I haven't considered until quite recently is the Earth's rotation slowing down, changing the pull of gravity and the cycle of day and night until the planet slowly becomes uninhabitable. Luckily for me, Karen Thompson Walker has imagined this very situation quite vividly in her debut novel The Age of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 21, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern catapulted into the world of fame and fortune after his popular twitter feed "Sh*t My Dad Says" was parlayed into a best-selling book and prime time network television show. Well, fame and fortune might be exaggerating a bit, and the show starring William Shatner as Justin's dad pretty much bombed, but he's still writing books and they are still funny. Halpern's new book I Suck at Girls chronicles Justin ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche

Artistically, this is one of the coolest books I’ve ever seen. I can only imagine the time that went into the creation of each illustration. The artist has fashioned the most amazing, intricate bas-relief cut-paper collages of fifteen very unique homes from different time periods and from a variety of countries around the world. One could easily spend many hours looking at the incredible detail on each page. From cave dwellings to castles and yurts to airstream trailers, each home includes a ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
August 17, 2012 | 0 comments
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