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Recommended Biographies of 2014 Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you. Below are a few from a new library list, Biographies, Recommended in 2014. For more reading suggestions check out Madison Public Library Insider newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter by Sidney Poitier

The third in a series of autobiographical works by Sidney Poitier, Life Beyond Measure is a compilation of letters that Poitier wrote to his great-granddaughter, born when Poitier was 80 years old. Poitier uses the format to provide a living document for his progeny, telling the story of his own life and offering advice and guidance to a generation that will survive him. The well-known actor tells of his upbringing on a small Bahamian island with no electricity or running water, and ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman

Though western romances were for a long time a no-go for me, I'm a fan of Jo Goodman and have followed her switch from English set historicals to her western ones. A decision I haven't regretted once. And her newest featuring bounty hunter Katherine "Calico" Nash and former cavalryman Quill McKenna is going right up the list as a favorite. Calico and Quill meet in a bordello where she's ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
April 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

A martial arts book for newly independent readers with generous, attractive illustrations AND a female protagonist? Yes, please! Bunjitsu Bunny  stars the brave, but never aggressive rabbit, Isabel.  Each chapter is a stand-alone story about different encounters she has, making this a perfect bedtime book (no stressful cliffhangers!). My personal favorite chapters are those in which she avoids a fight with a bully and in which she “defeats the angry wave” by realizing that it only ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami's novella The Strange Library was originally published in 2008 and has recently been released by American publisher Knopf in a trade paperback edition. The book is designed by famed author, editor, and graphic artist Chip Kidd with a provocative flap cover and contains 36 pages of full color illustrations plus graphics on the flaps. So go ahead and judge this book by its cover. I daresay I appreciate ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom

The ancient fable of the lion and the mouse bursts from the page in this brilliant new adaptation by Jenny Broom and Nahta Noj. Featuring cutouts on every page, crisp colors and inventive typography, this retelling is as visually refreshing as its message of cooperation and friendship is timeless. The generous pops of color and the prospect of peeking through the pages pull in preschoolers while the text's varied fonts and sizes effortlessly reinforce the pre-reading skill of "print awareness ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 7, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended Memoirs of 2014 Do you like reading about other people's memories? Then here are some suggestions for you from the upcoming list Memoirs, Recommended in 2014.  If you want more, then subscribe to the Library Insider Newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs, which comes out every other ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Party by Rebecca O'Connell

A very sweet, simple and colorful book for babies that includes a first introduction to several shapes, one baby wears a triangle party hat; another baby brings a square present.  By the same author that gave us “The Baby Goes Beep” and “Baby Parade.”  The text also invites clapping, singing and smooching with a multicultural group of babies and parents. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
April 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

Photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson has captured something so specific and mesmerizing that I feel compelled to spread the word. She photographs dogs and puppies mid-shake. This is all jowls and ears and spittle and fur. All paws and playful cuteness. All feel-good. I mean, look at the bull dog puppy on this cover. Just loooook at hiiimmmmm. This is some earnest stuff. With an important dose of awareness. Shake Puppies is the follow-up to the bestselling ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Vivian Maier

If you haven’t seen the photography of Vivian Maier, take the time to check out one of the compilations of her work. My favorite so far has been Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. It’s a compilation of many of her photographs, interspersed with mini-biographical vignettes describing the times and places in her life where she took the photos. I first learned about Vivian Maier from the documentary movie  ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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