A review of Giant Days. Volume 1 by John Allison

This young adult graphic novel is about three female college freshmen navigating their way through higher education, new adult relationships and living in the dorms. Esther is the beautiful drama queen, Daisy the animal loving optimist, and Susan a jaded feminist zine writer. Their first major tragedy is a debilitating cold virus that sweeps over campus. The trio has to take care of themselves to mixed results. It's funny to witness their various methods for curing a cold from rest, to more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
Summer 2016 Mysteries For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my summer 2016 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend? ​Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara [4/26]character: Mas Arai, semiretired gardenersetting: Los Angeles​ ​​​ more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Don’t like snakes? Neither does the little girl in “I Don’t Like Snakes”! But, as her family explains more about how snakes move (they slither), smell (with their tongue), and are born (from eggs) she realizes that snakes aren’t all that bad. She even surprises her family with some snake knowledge of her own! I Don’t Like Snakes is the perfect combination of a story and snake facts that both parents and kids will learn something from. more

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May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

If one were to hold a competition for most overcrowded subgenre, I’m pretty certain the ‘New York domestic drama/identity crisis’ would be a leading contender. Does the world really need another book of Big Apple angst, Prospect Heights problems, East Village ennui? In most cases, likely not. But (New York-based, Brooklyn-born) Emma Straub spins the familiar streets and much-covered issues of marital and domestic strife into something fresh and psychologically astute with her latest novel, more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow by Fiona Barton

I'm nervous for all of us about how much personal information is available online and how it might be used. It's scary enough to make you want to lock your doors and not come out. But that's not really a way to live, is it? The Widow starts with a crime. The reader is not sure what the crime is exactly, who the criminal or criminals are and whether or not it's been resolved. What we do know is that a man who was involved is now dead and his widow, Jean Taylor, is relieved. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This haunting novel for children is equal parts warm and disturbing, comforting and frustrating. Annabelle lives in a tight-knit community in Pennsylvania in 1943. Aside from the menace of the current world war, and the dark legacy of the previous one, things are pretty and cozy for Annabelle in Wolf Hollow. Enter Betty Glengarry. Betty transfers to Annabelle’s one-room school as some sort of corrective measure for her “incorrigible” nature. Betty starts right in with bullying and intimidation more

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May 24, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Why would you want to read about a young, talented neurosurgeon that is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer writing about his disease? Because it's one of the best ways to understand what dealing with cancer is like and how tough it is to make decisions, even for those who are experts.  Paul Kalanithi was 36 years old when he started losing weight and suffering from excruciating back pain. He describes his symptoms, diagnosis and care in a basic way, as explained by a doctor in a more more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Little Sophia has a birthday coming up and she only wants one thing – a pet giraffe.  Unfortunately for Sophia she has four obstacles – her mother who is a judge, her father who is a businessman, her Uncle Conrad who is a politician and her Grand-mama who is very strict.  So Sophie plans her strategy to win over each member of her family – she presents her case to her mother “Giraffes are legal in all fifty states.” She creates a business plan for her father – apparently giraffe poop more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 20, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of The Author's Voice podcast by The New Yorker Spring has sprung, and with it a new podcast of short fiction stories from the New Yorker called The Author's Voice. While spring is arriving in fits and starts, The Author's Voice hits the ground running with stories from Zadie Smith, Michael Cunningham and Tom Hanks. My favorite so far is a piece by Ian McEwan titled "My Purple Scented Novel". McEwan more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
May 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles for June Since we’ve officially broken the 80 degree mark on the thermometer, it’s hard not to think about the impending days of summer. And for book publishing, that means bestselling authors like Emily Giffin, Erin Hildenbrand, Stuart Woods, each of which have titles appearing in June. Perennial bestseller James Patterson capitalizes on the upcoming Olympic Games by making Rio the setting for his latest Private novel, and Stephen King wraps up his Bill Hodges trilogy with End of Watch. more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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