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A review of An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzier

In Hilma Wolitzer's latest novel, An Available Man, Edward Schuyler is that most desirable of single men; a widower who was a happily married family man, is in his early 60's and still employed as a science teacher. All of these attributes bring him to the attention of single women in his age group. Edward is however still mourning the loss of his wife Bee and does not feel available. There is no doubt that he is still grieving. In the opening chapter he is ironing his dead wife's ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash

How about going from the top of society's heap, a member of the royal entourage, to social pariah all in one night? That's what happens to Alexander Barclay, the newly minted ninth Duke of Kress, in Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea, the first book in Sophia Nash's new Royal Entourage series. It all started at the Prince Regent's Carleton House. He provided the spirits for the Duke of Candover's "bachelor party". But apparently things got so out of hand that Alex doesn't remember ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 2, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs

If you are a fan of Elizabeth Mitchell (and if you’re not, you should be) and her comforting reinterpretations of classic Americana folk music, you might enjoy this new album by Laura Veirs. Tumble Bee has a very home-spun feel, but with a wider range of mood than most folk albums for children. From the toe-tapping barn dance feel of “Jump Down Spin Around” to the very mellow lullaby, “All the Pretty Little Horses” all the music has solidly satisfying, if sometimes haunting harmonies ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fifth Victim by Zoe Sharp

Mystery and suspense series with strong women characters often turn up on best seller lists. In this category we immediately think of authors like Sue Grafton or Sara Paretsky whose new books almost always are bestsellers. Zoe Sharp is another author with a strong female character and should be a candidate for wider readership. Perhaps her latest entry in the series, Fifth Victim, will help to move her up the list. After a disastrous stint in the British army where an ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff

Sometimes it seems like there's no order to the universe, that everything happens according to the whim of some higher power who just doesn't listen. In Meg Rosoff's latest novel, There is No Dog, this is quite true. All the creatures on Earth have been created by God, but not the God most of us would like to believe in: this God is a hormonal teenage boy with a crush on an unassuming zookeeper ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon

At the end of every meeting of our Sequoya mystery book discussion we give the novel we’ve discussed a numerical grade, 1 low and 10 high. John Verdon’s debut Think of a Number wowed ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
March 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

You can trust National Geographic to publish an account of the Salem witch trials that is as authentic and appealing as possible.  Rosalyn Schanzer tells the true story of how a couple of kids with some mysterious symptoms started a witch hunt that resulted in more than 20 deaths and untold heartache, stolen property and ruined lives. This little book is crafted in a period design with black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations that ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 23, 2012 | 2 comments
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Time Line of Dystopian Fiction So I ran across a cool infographic about dystopian fiction (part of which you can see to the right) and followed it back to a cool blog post by Patrick who blogs for Goodreads. With Hunger Games about to break box-office records he thought it'd be a good time to look at ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

I was prepared to really like this book. No, I was prepared to really LOVE this book. The pairing of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Maira Kalman in a YA break-up book? Amazing! The concept of the book - genius!  High school junior Min Green writes a letter to her ex-boyfriend Ed Slaterton explaining how the remnants in their "relationship box" show why they broke up. The items in the box are illustrated by Maira Kalman and begin each chapter. There are many items, many awesome ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 21, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of 1222 by Anne Holt

1222 meters above sea-level a train traveling from Oslo crashes in a remote area. The good news, there is only one fatality amongst the 269 people on board. The bad news, they've crashed during the storm of the century. A blizzard with hurricane force winds is just getting started. So when the passengers are evacuated from the crippled train, they find themselves trapped in an isolated mountain hotel with no outside contact until the storm subsides. Though everyone is happy to have survived the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2012 | 0 comments
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