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A review of The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Noted NPR reporter Michele Norris wanted to writea book about race relations inspired by the election campaign of Barack Obama, but as she started writing, the book quickly changed to a much more personal and very engrossing story. The campaign and election hadalso spurred conversation in her own family ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 12, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet by Anne Fortier is a nice fat romance-y thriller steeped in history and lore. This is just the sort of novel I like to read while camped out on the sofa with a big blanket and a steaming hot mug of coffee. That ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Portrait of Camelot by Richard Reeves

Are you stumped about what to get with your bookstore gift card? Look no further, the perfect coffee table book has arrived. Portrait of Camelot by Richard Reeves highlights the photography of Cecil Stoughton, official White House photographer, andwould make the perfect addition to any gathering, opened and then passed around along with the Chex mix. I fell in love with the Kennedys during my ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 8, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Dead Like You by Peter James

Over my Christmas break I was happy to delve into a thriller by a new to me, best-selling, British author who's been getting some great reviews like this from the Washington Post. Here's a snippet: "It's a remarkably inventive story of sexual obsession, possibly the most engrossing thriller since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof

That's aMao Tse-Tungquotethat inspired authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn as the title of their excellent ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
January 6, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

A wonderful discovery for me in 2010 was The Cradle by Green Bay native Patrick ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
January 4, 2011 | 0 comments
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A couple of years ago I got a lifetime account to LibraryThing.com. It gave me a way to keep track of what I've read. Because I had a bit of time, I decided to look over what I have read this past year. After a bit of analysis I discovered that I have read mostly mysteries and romances, with a few novels and nonfiction titles scattered in between. Since it's that time of year for "best of " lists, I thought that it would be nice to ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 3, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

That is why they are valuable! This line is from the introduction of The 50th Anniversary Edition of Peg Bracken's The I Hate to Cook Book, newly updated and revised and still as funny as ever. When I went off to live in my first apartment, my mom gave me her well-worn copy of Saucepans and the Single Girl. This book is also hilarious in a mod sixtiesway. I think it's actually based on a Natalie Wood movie, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 29, 2010 | 3 comments
Books help me imagine other places and other people. Sometimes, at the end of the year, I pretend I'm a book critic for a major American newspaper, and put together a top ten list of what I've read in the past 365 days, regardless of when it was first published. ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
December 27, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Planning a plane trip or a leisurely vacation anytime soon? Perhaps you're traveling for the holidays? If so then Cutting For Stone by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 22, 2010 | 0 comments
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