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A review of Governess by Ruth Brandon

Before this month, I'd never heard of the Reform Firm.  That was the name of a group of women in the Victorian era who fought to improve women's education, among other feminist causes.  During this time when all women were supposed to be married and the property of their husbands, those who couldn't marry had very few choices.  One of those few choices was becoming a governess.  The ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 24, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of All The Colors of Darkness by Peter Robinson

In Peter Robinson's latest All the Colors of Darkness, a group of schoolboys find the body ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
June 23, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Candy and Me by Hilary Liftin

But I really heart Hilary Liftin, author of Candy and Me: A Love Story, a book that does not refer to Candy Spelling.  Even though Liftin co-authors both of Tori Spelling's biographies: New York Times bestselling ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 22, 2009 | 0 comments
A review Marine One by James W. Huston

James Huston has been writing political thrillers for about a decade, but he's really hit his stride with his last few books.  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 20, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein

Peter Feldstein found a unique way to record the history of his small town in Iowa with his book the Oxford Project.  It began in 1984 when he took a photograph of each of the town's 676 residents.   His plan was to display them all for the town residents to view.  In the ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 19, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown

Do you develop crushes on your favorite authors?  I suppose it’s hard not to, especially if they write the kind of intimate memoirs of graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown.  I’ve been a fan of Brown’s stories since I picked up his first novel, ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca - Monroe Street on
June 18, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Nearly every American has read at least one unflinching account of slavery - painful as it is, it's an important part of our country's history.  Bernardine Evaristo has written an entirely new sort of slave narrative: an imaginative one in which the white people are the ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 16, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley

C. Alan Bradley's debut novel, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, introduces ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
June 12, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I love David Sedaris.  The persona he portrays in his essays is crabby, bratty, nerdy and terribly self-centered, but you love him anyway.  His ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 10, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

What are The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears--friendship and love and a chance to start over or loneliness, despair and lost hopes and dreams?  First-time novelist Dinaw Mengestu’s story of an Ethiopian immigrant grocer living in Washington, D.C. quietly draws ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 9, 2009 | 0 comments
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