A review of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

I first encountered Mary Helen Stefaniak in 1998 when I was on the Wisconsin Library Association’s Literary Awards Committee. At the next to the last meeting, the last one being when we pick the winner for best book by a Wisconsin writer, someone brought in a slim volume of short stories called Self Storage and Other Stories and said we all better try and get a copy to read even at such short notice. It more

Reviewed by Helene on
August 23, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

This is a delicious book that explores the day of three Americans in Paris taking French language lessons with three irresistible French tutors. The students participate in conversational French lessons while touring the City of Lights, and their tutors are attractive, charming and mysterious. The characters are intertwined in various ways, all looking for an affirmation of love and self. The first student is a pregnant young teacher named Josie, who is grieving the loss of her married more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

According to some, mermaids are going to be the next big thing, now that vampires and werewolves are everywhere. While I love Aquamarine, I'm feeling nostalgic for the days when witches were supernatural enough for most books. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic witch books out there, and the books in L.J. Smith's more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Book cover of The Lord of the Rings
Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books More then 60,000 people voted (myself included) in NPR's poll of science fiction and fantasy novels to determine the top 100 titles. The poll called for readers to pick their top ten out of a list of 100. Their choices were not ranked so each vote counted as one vote for the book. Tolkien's trilogy (number one on the list) garnered 29,701 votes! That's a pretty more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau

Looking for a cozy with an attitude? Check out Joelle Charbonneau's Skating Around the Law. It has a spunky heroine, a small town full of colorful characters, a hot veterinarian, a cute camel, a lot of humor, and, of course, a murder to solve. Robecca Robbins has returned to her hometown of Indian Falls, Illinois, in order to sell the skating rink she inherited when her mom died. To accomplish that she more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 16, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Earlier this year I referenced a recent School Library Journal article that declared, "vampires are out and books about dead teens and space travel are in."  I have read four books about dead or dying teens this summer, and only one about vampires, so I'll agree (someone else will have to address space travel). The topic of dead or dying teens more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Cosi Fan Tutti by Michael Dibdin

Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen series has, since its launch with 1989’s Ratking, been one of those solid gems of a series for fans of knotty mysteries with the aesthetic touch of urbane Italian settings. The series is getting more exposure due to a recent series of more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson

Vivid oil paintings accompany this unique version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. “Goldilocks loved to pick blueberries,” and she discovers the Bears' home while she is out picking them. She walks inside and here the traditional story ensues; she eats porridge, breaks a chair and falls asleep. When the bears find her sleeping, though, Baby Bear asks to keep her (instead of her running away). Goldilocks is then put to work making the beds and weaving canes to repair the chair. All of a sudden more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
August 12, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me by Hilary Winston

  I normally limit my memoirs to the car, listening to an author tell their story is a great way to handle the same twenty minute drive every day. I’m listening to Blood, Bones and Butter by chef Gabrielle Hamilton right now and end up feeling hungry every night on my commute home. An exception to this “listen only” policy was made for Hilary Winston’s new book My Boyfriend Wrote a Book about more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
August 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Drink the Tea by Thomas Kaufman

I'm always on the lookout for new mysteries with different characters.  Kaufman's debut, Drink the Tea fills the bill. I like the character, a part-time PI who works in a record warehouse, and the location, Washington, D.C. Willis Gidney was abandoned by his parents and grew up on the streets, in a series of foster homes and in a juvenile detention facility. In fact, he got his name from the 2 cops more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 9, 2011 | 0 comments
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