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
A review of Creole Belle by James lee Burke

James Lee Burke is in top form in his latest book, Creole Belle, the nineteenth in his consistently well-written and entertaining series.  As this installment opens Dave Robicheaux, a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, and his long time friend and former New Orleans Police Department partner, Clete Purcell are still recovering from the traumatic events of the last book The Glass Rainbow. Dave is still in the hospital and on morphine when the book opens. He thinks he was more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Paris in Love by Eloisa James

Shakespeare professor and best-selling romance novelist Eloisa James archived her tweets and facebook posts from a yearlong sabbatical to France in this très charmant memoir. This method of short bursts of thoughts and events was distracting to me at first, but I soon got into the flow of it and fell in love with James and her family and their adventures.  After the death of her mother and her own recent bout with cancer, James and her family decided to pack it up and head to France. The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Against the crisp blue of the faultless Italian sky, a young man tosses rocks into the sea, stubbornly trying to create the beach that will transform his sad little pensione into the classy resort that will cater to brilliant Americans and suave film stars of the swinging sixties. The drone of a boat motor interrupts his thoughts, and as he pauses in his Sisyphean task, he sees a vision coming towards him. She is tall, striking and lovely, an American film star here to stay at the Hotel more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Get Happy by Malachy Doyle

Happy is a great feeling, and now it's an easy feeling to share thanks to a new book called Get Happy. Author Malachy Doyle and illustrator Caroline Uff (Happy Birthday, Lulu!) combine simple text and hug-able pictures to model the best choices to turn a sad situation into a happy one. While the reassuring illustrations and inviting tone work well for bedtime, share Get Happy anytime you and your more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 24, 2012 | 0 comments
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