First World War mysteries by Elizabeth Speller

In The Return of Captain John Emmett author Elizabeth Speller introduces former infantry soldier Laurence Bartram. Like most of the men returning from the trenches and battlefields of Europe, Laurence has his own memories and past to deal with, including the death of his wife and unborn more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

I get excited about New York City, anyway, but some authors really know how to work it. Rebecca Stead's Newbery Medal-winning book When You Reach Me primarily takes place on Manhattan's Upper West Side. What a surprising book that is. It melds mystery and time travel and living in Manhattan in the 1970s with perfection. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  Stead's new book takes us to a different more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 24, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of I'm Fast by Kate McMullan

If you have a little train enthusiast at home, this one's for you! Kate and Jim McMullan follow up their hits I'm Big, I'm Bad, I'm Dirty and more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 21, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz

You know you're having a bad day when your suicide attempt is interrupted by a bank robbery. Just the kind of day Nate Overbay is having. He's on an 11th floor ledge - having crawled out of the window of his bank - very carefully choosing his landing spot in a dumpster (so he doesn't squash anyone) when he hears a gunshot and sees the blood splatter on the window next to him. When he realizes that a group of masked gunmen are robbing the bank, Nate is torn. He's determined to go through with more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 20, 2012 | 0 comments
Top 10 Sports Books, 2012 Are sportswriters your favorite authors?  Then check out the Top 10 Sports Books 2012 according to Booklist's editor Bill Ott.  Although baseball and basketball dominate the list, it also includes golf, soccer, surfing, and hunting. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. 2011." more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fannie’s Last Supper: Recreating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook by Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball is the founder of Cook’s Illustrated and host of America’s Test Kitchen. In Fannie's Last Supper he details a re-creation of a multi-course dinner based on the Fannie Farmer cookbook of 1896. The result is an interesting amalgram of cooking history, a walking tour of Boston, the complexities of making recipes from over a hundred years ago palatable to modern taste, and transferring the whole to more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I think I've found my favorite book of the summer, now that autumn is in the air. I've read some very good ones, but the only book that has made me actually laugh out loud is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Semple was a writer for one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Arrested Development, (which will be back for more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

My kids and I just never get tired of that pigeon! In this newest pigeon tale, the Pigeon cannot believe that Duckling has gotten a cookie simply by asking politely for it. In fact, he is simply furious -- after all, he asks for things all the time (to drive the bus, to stay up late, to eat a hot dog), and his requests all go unanswered. What does this Duckling have that he doesn't?! With the simple text and line drawings that have made Mo Willems a superstar of children's literature, find out more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe and The Beatles by Arne Bellstorf

It's not for certain that photographer Astrid Kirchherr is responsible for the famous Beatles' mop-top, but this graphic novel provides a sweet glimpse into the time John, Paul, George, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe spent in Hamburg in the early 60s and how they all had the famous hair after their second tour there. It was Stuart who first debuted the haircut according to this version of events, after meeting Kirchherr's friend Klaus Voorman. What is for certain is that the Germans that were more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 13, 2012 | 0 comments
Man Booker Shortlist The Man Booker shortlist was announced and "includes two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors and one previous winner. Of the six writers three are men and three are women, four are British and one Indian and one Malaysian." Here are the titles that make up that mix: The Garden of Evening Mists by more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 11, 2012 | 0 comments
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