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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 ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a household name thanks to it's record-breaking televsion series. Having just ended it's second season, the show has found an entirely new audience just as it seemed the zombie craze was beginning to die out. The graphic novel series that the show is based on has been proving that theory wrong for years, as the ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Why does a particular story grab your attention? I've found many reasons why a book has made me keep reading to all hours of the night.  Rosamund Lupton's new novel Afterwards is one of those books. This literary thriller is the story of a loving mother who fights to protect her family in the wake of a tragic fire. Only she can get to the bottom of who is trying to destroy her children. The ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 17, 2012 | 2 comments
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Looking for a fun and light summertime read?  You might try Wife 22, which could be called a middle-ager's version of Bridget Jones's Diary.  Instead in this contemporary novel there is no handwritten diary but there is heavy use of social media, such as email, Google, and Facebook. Alice Buckle has been married ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin

It's hard to read all of the books. In my notebook, I have a long list of books I'd like to read, and I add things faster than I cross them off. There are some big omissions in what I've read, but I was glad to read a book by James Baldwin this month. Going to Meet the Man is a collection of stories that are powerful, sad ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
July 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick

Summer is here and I can’t wait to see the Madison Mallards in action! Luckily, I can enjoy a great baseball story even outside the Duck Pond thanks to a new book, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. When Effa was a young woman, there were certain jobs women just didn’t have, and African Americans faced a lot of discrimination, even in their own neighborhoods. But Effa was not about to let other people tell her what she could and couldn’t do—she stood up for her beliefs and organized her ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 13, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Selection by Keira Cass

This book has been hyped as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.*  I'll say this:  not so much, for good or bad; I really enjoyed this book as a standard YA fairy tale romance.  It's more like an extended version of the ball that Cinderella attends along with all the ladies of the land in order for the prince to find a wife, with a few television ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 12, 2012 | 1 comment
The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

I just finished this great little gem of a book:  The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt.  After 30 years together, Mia’s husband Boris announces that he needs a “pause” in their marriage.  This sends Mia off the deep end and she is locked up and medicated in a mental hospital for a week and a half.  Once discharged, she realizes she can’t stay alone in her Brooklyn apartment, so she leaves ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
July 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Game of Thrones. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R.R. Martin

I had picked up the first book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series over a year and a half ago.  I didn't have time, so I returned it without reading a single word.  Here we are now, with two seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones already aired, and nearly everyone I know having read and raved about the series.  Not reading a single word proved to be a fatal mistake in my literary life! If I had read the prologue, I ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 10, 2012 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Suggestions The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here.  Check out some books on the olympics, as well as some web pages. Some new and old books on the olympics: The Complete Book of the Olympics by David Wallechinsky & Jaime Loucky How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 9, 2012 | 0 comments
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