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Best audiobooks of 2010 At this time of year, we are deluged with everyone's "best (fill in the blank) of 2010". One of the best and most thoughful of these lists comes from Library Journal. All of the LJ reviews are done by volunteer librarians (including some MPL staff). Those reviews include audiobooks and the choices for the Library Journal's Best Audiobooks of 2010 are made by the reviewers. Happily they cover a wide range of both fiction more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 4, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of: Matched by Allie Condie

Matched is the first book in a new young adult trilogy by Ally Condie about a dystopian society that has perfected human existence. Humans are stronger, healthier, live longer, and have happier marriages and more productive lives than ever before. Cancer has been eradicated. Nutritious meals cooked just for you show up at your door at designated meal times. An appropriate spouse is chosen for you and you are destined more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 3, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

With Moonlight Mile, a kind-of-sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone, more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 31, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of books to movies The release date for the Hunger Games movie has been announced more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 28, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

What does it take to make the perfect English Gothic mystery read? A bold heroine who is not adverse to venturing into drafty halls in the dead of night to investigate ghostly footsteps? A brooding hero who guards his mysterious past with the same intensity he devotes to pursuing murderers and thieves? Gloomy manor homes, wild moors and the intrigues of back alley London? Okay, I'm oversimplifying things a tad, but for those of us who lament that we will never be able to read Jane Eyre more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of: The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

There are a couple of fiction titles that are featured on Bon Appétit's Favorite Cookbooks of 2010 list. They are not cookbooks per se, but some serious food writing is going on. One of these books is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, reviewed on more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Lately I've read a string of genre books that have run the gamut from good to great. The only problem? They're not owned by any of the libraries in our system. Some because they're too new and some because they're ebook editions read on my Kindle. So picture me finishing these books and wanting to tell you all about them - but I can't. Why tantalize you with books you can't get through the catalog? My dilemma has been solved with my most recent read. An honest to goodness great book that is more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Since Thanksgiving I've been reading Jonathan Franzen's more

Reviewed by Rebecca - Monroe Street on
January 24, 2011 | 0 comments
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How about some new history books to read? There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new upcoming library booklist-- Recommended History Books - 2010. AFRICA Cohen, David and John Battersby, Nelson Mandela. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Since my nieces and nephews are "lucky"enough to have an aunt for a librarian they are often the recipient of unsolicited reading recommendations through facebook posts (shared reading material gives us something to talk about at family gatherings). The most recent message was about Pete Hautman's more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 20, 2011 | 0 comments
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