A review of The Orchard by Theresa Weir

I've enjoyed just about every novel Theresa Weir has written (both as herself and as Anne Frasier) so I was curious to read her memoir of life on an Iowa apple farm. That I liked the book isn't a shocker. And the fact that the book is darker in tone then the cover suggests was also to be expected more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival In conjunction with the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin and funded in part by UW-Madison Libraries and Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival will host a dynamic group of authors who have written Shakepeare inspired works. In anticipation of the First more

Reviewed by Liz B on
October 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles November always marks a time when publishers try to get some of their top authors out in time for the holidays and this year is no different.  Perennial top sellers like Lee Child, David Baldacci and Anne Rice are adding to their respective series. A couple of highly anticipated literary novels hit the shelves this month: Pulitzer-winner Michael Chabon presents an epic in Moonglow and Zadie Smith publishes her fifth, Swing Time, mid-month. Fans of TV’s The Daily Show more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley

Lucy and her family spend a day at the beach, digging in the sand, walking on the beach, and playing together. Then they head home where Lucy's mom begins a bedtime story, but falls asleep, tired from their day. Lucy wakes up, wanting her bedtime bear and stuffed animals. This great picture book is filled with expressive narration and evocative illustrations, from Pulitzer Prize winner more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
October 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy really hates Joshua—and he feels exactly the same. The two serve as administrative assistants for respective CEOs of a publishing firm forced into a merger of two very different, very struggling houses.  Lucy is short and sweet, always ‘the nice one’ among her fellow employees, working in her dream industry but lonely after hours. Joshua is a numbers man, the one that slashed a third of the workforce after the merger, ever scrupulous in his duties, born without a heart. Stuck in the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Dry by Jane Harper

In her debut novel Jane Harper takes the reader into drought-stricken Kiewarra, a rural town in Victoria, Australia whose farmers and townspeople are barely hanging on after years with little rain. Aaron Falk, a federal police investigator, returns to Kiewarra for the funerals of his childhood best friend, Luke, and Luke's wife and young son. The town is not only grieving but in shock at the deaths, as it appears Luke, outof apparent desperation brought on by the drought, killed his wife and more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival Take part in Wisconsin’s premier literary event October 20-23, 2016. This year the Wisconsin Book Festival will feature nearly 70 events with opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. With so much fun packed into four days, you'll want to come early and stay late! Whether your reading interests range from Shakespeare to science to great new fiction, there will be plenty to discover at this year's festival.Highlights from the upcoming event more

Reviewed by Liz B on
October 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Textbook Amy Krause Rosenthal by Amy Krause Rosenthal

This sweet little gem of an interactive memoir plays with traditional textbook format to bring you the authors musings on love, life, creativity, parenthood and the connections between people-- people close to you or people you've never met. Or people you might not have met, but fate intervened.  This was a quick read, and left me feeling unexpectedly moved and optimistic. Rosenthal has that special gift we usually associate with poets: using just a few words to drill straight into the more

Reviewed by Beth M on
October 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

I have a sense that if one were to give ten readers copies of The Blue Flower and asked them to categorize it, you’d end up with ten different responses.  Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1995 novel depicting the brief love of German Romantic poet Friedrich von Hardenberg, later known as Novalis, and his twelve-year-old ‘spirit’s guide’ Sophie von Kuhn is a strange little work, the sort that one reader will be mesmerized by and the next struggle to get past the first few chapters.  The more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

A fun story about names, family, and finding your own place in the world, Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown and Company, 2016) tells a refreshing story paired with beautiful, full page illustrations. Thunder Boy is named after his father – Big Thunder. He loves his dad, but he wants his own name – a name that says something unique about him. Little Thunder thinks of some possibilities . . . he likes playing in dirt, so maybe his name should be “Mud in His Ears” . . . but he also more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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