A review of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I had to put down Fates and Furies halfway through completing it. Logically, it made sense—Lauren Groff’s novel of a marriage captures first the husband’s perspective (the Fates) and then the wife’s (Furies), but the break was occasioned by more than just a convenient stopping point. In reality, I had to come for air, as the story of Lotto and Mathilde’s love is of the all-consuming sort, the kind of marriage that should be like a dream. The way that Groff depicts it more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

This exquisite graphic novel is full of surprises.   Zoe is a sweet but dim "product representative" or car show model who stumbles into a chance meeting with a famous author. Thomas Rocher has been suffering from writer's block for years. He's beyond eccentric and doesn't ever leave his apartment. He orders in all of his food and becomes agitated the minute Zoe questions his circumstances. In spite of their differences and Zoe's need for fresh air and sunlight, the two become romantically more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris

There truly is a book for everyone, and maybe this one is for you. Does a little part of you die when someone says, “just between you and I”? Do you have a stance on the Oxford comma? And if grammar and punctuation aren’t your thing, what about the art of pencil sharpening? (There is actually a whole book about that, by the way: How to Sharpen Pencils.) How about the nuances between a number 1 and number 2 pencil? Mary more

Reviewed by Carra on
November 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of LaFayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The charms of Vowell's writing often involves a somewhat skewed humor, and LaFayette in the Somewhat United States certainly has that. But she also does, what a former history professor and advisor of mine recommended doing, which is to remember that history is people not dates. And by doing so, she is hopefully rectifying some of that sad lack of so many Americans who've forgotten their own history. And as a librarian and a person whose main hobby is reading, how can I resist someone more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
November 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Fear of assassination attempts have caused Kelsea, future Queen of Tearling, to be hidden away from the world with only the guidance, education, and protection of an elderly couple until her 19th birthday. As she embarks on her unique and vulnerable journey to ascend and keep the throne, Kelsea quickly realizes that she'll need more than her book smarts to gain the trust of this kingdom. What unfolds is a stark and beautiful narration of Kelsea's growth into a confident and just leader as she more

Reviewed by Carrie on
October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Gaither Sisters are back! Gone Crazy in Alabama is the final book in Rita Williams-Garcia’s trilogy, which began with One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven. Each one is a truly excellent book for the older elementary/middle school set (and for kid lit enthusiasts). After having spent the previous summer at Black Panther day camp (as detailed in One Crazy Summer) Delphine and her sisters are off to spend their vacation more

Reviewed by Rachel on
October 27, 2015 | 0 comments
New Mysteries For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my fall/winter 2015 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. One I've already read and recommend is The Scribe by Guinn. Historical mystery readers check it out. From the ending it sounds like Thomas and Cyrus will be back.  I look forward to their next case. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 22-25, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. The following author events feature books about food: Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen - Lisa Kivirist & John D. Ivanko provide a more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival is happening now!  The following author events feature nonfiction books:   The Big Burn - Egan pairs the stories of the 1910 forest fire and President Roosevelt's push for conservation. 10/22/2015 - 7:00pm at Monona Terrace - Ballrooms A & B   Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt's more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede

Itzy the spider is starting spindergarten and is eager to shed his baby nickname, Itzy Bitzy.  To prove he’s no longer a little spiderling, he needs to spin a web and catch his own lunch.  He tries several different locations, but keeps running into problems; a girl on a tuffet screams and scares the fly away, an old lady accidently swallows him, and the rain washes him right out of the water spout!  Children will easily identify with Itzy’s desire to be more grown up, and will more

Reviewed by Jill O on
October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
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