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A review of Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg is an intriguing book about the uncovering of family secrets.  His mother, Beth, often spoke about how she grew up as an only child.  After her death, he discovers that she had a sister who was ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
February 17, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper hilariously describes a stressful week in the life of ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 15, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

The ominous sky behind the title is a perfect representation of what's inside this book: churning, nuanced gradations of mystery. Dan Chaon's new novel ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
February 11, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

...since I felt so compelled to finish a book that I kept the booklight burning long past my usual bedtime.  I'm reading teen books right now to find those select titles that will make the final cut for Madison's annual summer Teen's Choice Awards review list.  So, the book that kept me up?  ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 10, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris

I know that Charlaine Harris’s series featuring Sookie Stackhouse is garnering a lot of attention, helped along by the HBO series ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
February 9, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry

Many authors write series characters, some of my favorites are Atkinson's Jackson Brodie, Kellerman's ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
February 8, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Queen's throne is in jeopardy.  Surrounded by advisors who may or may not be trustworthy, Elizabeth faces rebellion from overseas and rivals within her own court.  Faced with constant challenges to her claim to royalty, Elizabeth has to rely on her wits and her special powers to ensure the crown for herself and her sons. Sons?   ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 6, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker

Sadly, J.D. Salinger wasn't the only author who died last week.  Kage Baker didn't write an iconic coming-of-age novel like Salinger, but she did write a witty and captivating science fiction series that started with ...read more

Reviewed by KathyW on
February 5, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Lords of the Sea by John R. Hale

Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy by John R. Hale charts the development of Athenian sea power, staring with the creation of its massive navy in 483BC.  The commitment to sea power ...read more

Reviewed by Tien on
February 4, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Bridge of Sand by Janet Burroway

Yay!  Another great surprise of a book.  I took this one with me on a weekend away, and it was just the thing I needed. Janet Burroway's ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 1, 2010 | 0 comments
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