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A review of Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen

Denise Doyen's debut picture book, Once Upon a Twice is a tale of a mouse whose desire for adventure draws him into a sticky situation with a water snake.  This simple tale is remarkable in the ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
December 17, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Long Past Stopping by Oran Canfield

Sure, being a parent is hard work--but it's not impossible.  Like any job, however, it really helps to show up.  The parents of Oran Canfield--author of Long Past Stopping—had trouble with that part of the job description.  Oran’s dad left home when Oran was one and his ...read more

Reviewed by Terry on
December 16, 2009 | 5 comments
A review of The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

“We think we know the ones we love.” It’s easy to think of the 1950s as a bland decade, sandwiched between years of war and social revolution. In The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer takes the reader to 1953 San Francisco and shows us an era flavored with fear and doubt. Pearlie Cook is a ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
December 14, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Ford County by John Grisham

John Grisham returns to fictional Clanton Mississippi - the setting of his novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
December 12, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

...or perhaps a love letter to Madeline L'Engle.  These are two ways to describe When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  Like many reviewers ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
December 11, 2009 | 4 comments
While some people like lists, and some don't, I couldn't resist Jane's invitation to list my own favorites from the year.  Just because I haven't been posting, this doesn't mean I haven't been reading, so here are the top ten, in alphabetical order: ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
December 10, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi

Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea is a two-part manga mystery that combines magical realism with the natural world in a very curious, yet peaceful way.  Set in Tokyo, the story features Ruka, whose father works at a large research aquarium, and two boys of the sea who were raised by dugongs.  In ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 8, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

... a clump-filled-cat-box-of-a-review. So I paraphrased the line above from the book The Stupidest Angel : A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
December 7, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt

Are you, like I, married to someone who's traffic style is totally different from yours?  If so, you might be interested in delving deeper into the psychology of it all via Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
December 4, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of A New Literary History of America by Marcus Greil

On an email list I frequent there has been a discussion of writer's block which led to the idea of reader's block.  Does such a thing exist one poster wondered.  I'm here to tell you it does.  I've been in a slump lately and everything I pick up elicits a very mediocre "meh".  What to do, what to do?  I can't not be reading something.  Reading is right up there with eating and sleeping for things that keep me healthy and sane.   One of the suggestions made for ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 3, 2009 | 2 comments
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