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
A review of Bushville Wins! The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves… by John Klima

OK, OK, I admit to being a longtime Braves fan thanks to my dad being a native of Milwaukee and distant memories of attending games in the early 1960’s as a child. And yes, I did follow the Brewers especially in the Yount years. But until the 1990’s and the rise of Glavine, Maddox, and Smoltz, the glory days were those early years in Milwaukee. With Bushville Klima has done a wonderfully entertaining book about those days with a focus on the players such as Eddie Matthews, Warren more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

It's been a while since I've read something so good I found myself staying up late into the night, repeating "just one more page and I'll go to bed," but Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is really that good. Janelle Tenner is about to start her junior year of high school when she's hit by a truck and dies. For a minute, that is. As she sees the light, she feels herself being brought back from the dead and finds herself in the arms of a school mate--the tall, dark and mysterious Ben Michaels. As more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Dare Me by Megan Abbott

I’ve been puzzling over an apt way to begin this review of Megan Abbott’s fantastic new thriller Dare Me. How to term what one reviewer has called The Great American Cheerleading Novel? Megan Abbott does for cheerleaders what Stephen King did for clowns? The dark secret lives of cheerleaders as seen through the lens of David Lynch?  One word that would be entirely apt is fierce. Frenemies Addy and Beth are intense, whipping their squad of girls into a tight company that shows no more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 6, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is taking over the world! TV Guide named him one of the "25 Most Powerful People in Television" a couple of years ago. He's Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent and probably best known as the power behind the reality show franchise "The Real Housewives of (the O.C., Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills...)" He's also the host of the late night celebrity talk show "Watch What Happens Live." He's got the gift of gab in spades and it's served him well. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch

What if you came from a long line of hangmen? Would you use your family history to tell stories about a hangman's life in 17th Century Germany? Well, Oliver Potzsch continues to do just that with his Hangman's Daughter series. The first one, The Hangman's Daughter was reviewed by my more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 4, 2012 | 1 comment
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