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A review of Bluford High: Someone to Love Me by Anne Schraff

Some high school students do all they can to avoid their parents. But not Bluford High freshman Cindy Gibson. She's desperate for her mother's attention and affection, but those seem to be reserved for mom's gold-chained boyfriend, Raffie. Cindy and Raffie don't get along-- perhaps Raffie is kind to Cindy's mother off-stage-- but when he's with Cindy, he's downright cruel, alternating between ignoring her and calling her "ugly mugly".  Cindy's self-esteem is at an all-time low when Bobby ...read more

Reviewed by Laura on
August 27, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, The Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley

Historian Jane Ridley’s new revisionist account of King Edward VII’s life and reign has a very distinct shift in tone, right as the former Albert Edward, Prince of Wales ascends to the British throne as Edward VII. For his entire life, Edward (more familiarly known as Bertie) had lived in the shadow, perhaps understandably, of his mother Queen Victoria. A career of doing mostly nothing had led the prince into the usual pitfalls that accompany wealth and status, bringing most historians to ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 25, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You about Parenting by Karen Alpert

And apparently, I am not alone. Karen Alpert's sharp and profanity-laced book of stories, lists and observations about parenting two young children includes a very pointed essay on how if Caillou were a real person, she'd gladly go to jail for killing him. I'm not exaggerating about this - that's the title of the essay, almost word for word. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd commit bodily harm to a cartoon character, but I know where she's coming from. Caillou's been on the air for almost ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Longbourn by Jo Baker

Do you love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen? Do you enjoy the upstairs-downstairs drama of Downton Abbey? If so, you may want to try Longbourn. It is a delight to be transported back to the world of a much-loved novel. Though it is no easy task to expand on Austen, and a number of authors have tried with varying degrees of success, Jo Baker has done very well. She has taken the Longbourn home, the characters and story that we know and love, and ...read more

Reviewed by Amy - Lakeview on
August 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura

Guaranteed to make the next long wait with your little one(s) go at least fifty times faster! ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Payback is a Mutha by Wahida Clark

The first in the Payback series, this book sizzles with back-stabbing, violence and sex. Brianna and Shan are best friends, and both have a lot of drama in their lives. Shan can’t hold down a job at a men's prison without falling in love- or in lust- with the ultra-tempting inmate Forever Thompson. Brianna uses men for money and her sneaking around on the DL will catch up with her eventually. As the women fall deeper into a life of crime and insanity, they both learn the hard way ...read more

Reviewed by Laura on
August 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler

As far as the Library of Congress’s “Underwear Fiction” subject heading goes, this is some of the best. Intended to make the idea of toilet-training and “big girl/boy” underwear fun for toddlers, Veggies with Wedgies is also a hoot for adults (even adults without children). A gaggle of vegetables in Farmer John’s garden becomes intrigued when they see underwear hanging from the clothesline. After an amusing exchange about the origins and purposes of underwear, they take the underwear down and ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Lincoln O'Neill is suffering from a quarter life crisis. He's over-educated, living at home, and has been gun-shy when it comes to dating after a disastrous break-up. Oh, and he's also working a terrible, terrible job as the 'internet security officer' for an Omaha, Nebraska newspaper. Not only is it night shift, which sucks, but the entire job description is to read people's e-mail behind their back. It makes him feel like a rat, and Lincoln hates it. Until Beth and Jennifer's e-mails start ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
August 13, 2014 | 0 comments
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Adult Summer Reading Club We're almost to a 1000 books read and entered in our online Adult Summer Reading Club (969 titles as I type this). There's still time to get your books read and entered for our weekly drawings. So if you need some suggestions for what to read, take a look at what others are reading. ribbonknight thinks that ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 12, 2014 | 0 comments
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Reading Suggestions from Librarians Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, August 11 for our next Facebook online event.Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook page from 5:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll respond with another title we think you’ll enjoy. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 9, 2014 | 0 comments
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