A review of A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson

Want to get your mind off the heat?  Then check out A Killing Winter by Wayne Arthurson.  The setting is Edmonton in the dead of winter with temperatures below zero.  Minus thirty below make me appreciate the warmer weather (or least be thankful that the cold weather is months away, hopefully).  Leo Desroches, a half French-Canadian, a half Cree journalist with an addiction problem more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Girl Walks into a Bar-- : Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch

I don't get why Rachel Dratch isn't more famous. I mean, I think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are wildly talented, super funny and likable ladies, but SO IS RACHEL DRATCH. How is it that seemingly exactly equal people starting out in comedy together can have careers that take off in completely different directions? I'm not sure all the answers are in this book but the most obvious one is totally disgusting. It's that Rachel Dratch isn't as cute as Hollywood would like. Rachel openly discusses her more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 2, 2012 | 0 comments
Authors We'll Miss It's been a tough week for literary fans. I was first saddened to hear about the death of Margaret Mahy. Though she may not be as well known as J.K. Rowling, Ms. Mahy was an important figure in the world of children's books. She wrote over 150 books for kids and teens, won awards for that writing, and even worked as a librarian. If you haven't yet discovered Margaret Mahy, now's your more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The explosion of dystopian/post-apocalyptic young adult fiction has been well documented. In fact if you want to see something really cool take a look at this Hunger Games readalike pathfinder from Lawrence Public Library in Kansas. But all these apocalyptic worlds can get a little depressing and wearying. Which is what drew me to Rachel Hartmen's high-fantasy Seraphina. Seraphina more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 31, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of This Is How by Augusten Burroughs

I'm a Youth Services Librarian, so I don't often venture into the world of adult books, except for the rare James Patterson novel or a book about parenting. I do occasionally go on self-help kicks, but I have to admit -- I have never finished one. Diet books, meditation, the power of positive thinking -- I have started many books on these subjects, but they just haven't been interesting enough to get me to the last page. When I saw that Augusten Burroughs had written a self-help book, though, I more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 30, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pond Babies by Cathryn Falwell

Pond Babies initially caught my eye with its cover illustration of a mother and child who have different skin tones. After recently joining the adoption community, I have become more aware of the lack of books that celebrate families that don’t look alike. As I read this book, I was excited to note that the author has also chosen to highlight mother/baby animal pairs that don’t look exactly alike (frogs, loons, deer, etc.). I realize that the analogy doesn’t extend fully (the animal more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 27, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

There has been a recent influx of teen series that are steeped in science fiction or fantasy elements: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Leviathan, and of course, more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Titles I posted my first batch of anticipated summer mysteries last month but that was just the beginning. As summer rolls on the books I'm looking forward to reading keep coming. Here is part 2 of my 3 part summer mystery list. Behold a Pale Horse by Peter Tremayne (7/17)setting: Ancient Irelandcharacter: Sister Fidelma, sister to the king more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 24, 2012 | 5 comments
A review of Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill has been on and off my mystery radar for a while. I'd read his first book The Coroner's Lunch a while ago and came back to Cotterill every now and then. But much as I enjoy Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun, somehow Cotterill just never stuck as a must-read author for me. That may have more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Obstinate Pen by Frank Dormer

Picture books that can please a wide range of ages can be hard to come by, but The Obstinate Pen is a winner. Uncle Flood is excited to start writing his story, but when his new pen chooses to write digs like "You have a big nose!" instead of the words he wants it to write, the pen quickly finds itself flying out the window. The pen goes on a wild adventure in the hands of various adults, all the while telling them what they need to do ("Kiss her, banana head!") or peppering them with more more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 20, 2012 | 0 comments
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