National Book Awards The National Book Foundation bestowed its annual awards November 16, recognizing outstanding contributions to American literature in several categories. The winner of the Young People’s Literature Award went to March. Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell.  The graphic adaptation is the final installment in a more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Thing: stories about sons, fathers and grandfathers by Avi For whatever reason, short story anthologies don’t seem to be fast movers from library shelves.  This is a missed opportunity for readers.  Author extraordinaire, Avi has crafted a series of short stories posing the question “What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?”  The seven stories in the anthology range from absurd to comic to profoundly sad.  Avi renders each story with his deftly poetic style.  While answers to the initial question are not more

Reviewed by Ruth on
November 18, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I love, love, love books by female comedians. I gobble them up like it's Thanksgiving Day. I could not wait to get this book and it did not disappoint. Some highlights for me include a chapter on Amy Schumer, introvert. Yes! I *totally* get how someone who is an introvert finds themself in a conspicuous position or needs to be on super octane for certain stretches. My career as a quiet librarian has required me to lead groups of 300 school children in summer reading cheers, teach classes at more

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November 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe is moving from English historicals to American historicals with her Knickerbocker Club romances. These are set in the Gilded Age in New York City and her powerful, industrialist heros and scrappy American heroines make for a nice change from all those Dukes and governesses to be found in romances set across the pond. Here the industrialist is William Sloane, heir to a fortune more

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November 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner

New York’s Lincoln Center glows with the white travertine marble that covers the concert halls and much of the plaza, disciplined lines centered on the Metropolitan Opera. The largest and most prestigious classical music institution in the nation, the Met is the unlikely finish line to a journey that started for Ryan Speedo Green in a setting about as far removed from the stately elegance of the arts center as possible: the confines of a solitary cell in Virginia’s adolescent mental facility. more

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November 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of One Family by George Shannon

1 is no longer the loneliest number!My new favorite counting book, One Family provides lots of excellent practice counting to numbers between 1 and 10 while serving as a delightful introduction to the concept of collective nouns like bunch, bouquet, flock and family. more

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November 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino is a big name in the mystery writing world of Japan. He's won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, awarded annually to the finest mystery work, at the age of 27 and has since won the Mystery Writers of Japan's Best Novel award and his books are major best sellers. All of which I did not know before reading this one for the Lakeview Mystery Book Group's discussion last month. more

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November 10, 2016 | 0 comments
Publishers Weekly Top Titles of 2016 Do you have a favorite book that you read this year? Are you looking for some good books to read? Then check out Publishers Weekly's list of the best books of 2016. Below is the top 10 list overall. Of them, I've read The Underground Railroad by Whitehead. It is a powerful novel. And I'm guessing many of others are as well. There more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

I first encountered Harlan Coben as the author of a series featuring Myron Bolitar - a sports agent with a sense of humor, who frequently ends up becoming an investigator on behalf of his clients. Coben also authors a thriller series for young adults featuring Mickey Bolitar, Myron's nephew.   Branching out from the Bolitars, Coben is now writing stand alone novels. Fool Me Once is one of his recent stand alones, and it is being adapted to into a more

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November 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Much Ado: A Summer With a Repertory Theater Company by Michael Lenehan

For a lot of Madisonians, it's a summer ritual: the climb up the winding path towards the weathered gray walls atop the hill just outside of Spring Green, following other playgoers casually dressed for the weather and smelling vaguely of bug spray. American Players Theatre has been a staple of the Midwest arts scene since 1980, when it launched its first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It has since solidified its status as a top-notch professional company, even has become more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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