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New Titles It’s said that good things come in threes, and this September demonstrates that old adage perfectly.  Biographies and Memoirs: Bruce Springsteen’s eagerly anticipated Born to Run hits shelves late in the month, fellow musician Mike Love recalls Good Vibrations as a Beach Boy and the author Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery) finally gets the full biographical treatment with Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.  Graphic more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her American Heiress in London Series with No Mistress of Mine. It is the story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who gets the boy, has to give up the boy for his own good, and then years later gets another chance. Will the rekindled passion burn out of control and burn them both or will they find a way to happy ever after?   Six years ago Lord Denys more

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August 15, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival this year will be held from October 20-23. They've just posted the full schedule of authors today and it's looking like another fantabulous fest. From Conor Moran, the Director of the Fest:"It's a wonderful feeling to see the culmination of a year's work all laid out in full color.  This year promises to be one of our most wide-ranging and engaging yet.  No matter what kind of reader you more

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August 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Book Riot's YA Books Radar Every quarter the BookRiot website (a great bookie news site) publishes a list of YA books hitting the shelves soon. Their latest - July-September - just came out a couple weeks ago and I'm still working my way through the extensive list (164 titles). A few that have jumped out for me and will be added to my tbr lists: more

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August 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

​Do you like historical romances filled with strong-willed characters, emotional depth, intrigue, then check out the Secret Life of Scoundrels series by Anna Harrington. She tells the stories of three former brothers-in-arms and the ladies who love them. I got hooked from the first book, Dukes are Forever, the story of a colonel who becomes a duke and learns that love trumps revenge. The second book, more

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August 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each more

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August 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of All In by Simona Ahrnstedt

It’s pretty well established that the Swedes are awesome at writing crime fiction, more

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August 3, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Sherry Thomas is known for her historical romances.** But in her newest novel she takes a new tack and explores the Sherlock Holmes mythos. Here we find that the real "Sherlock Holmes" is a bright, young woman who is not what her Victorian parents would like her to be. Charlotte Holmes has perfect blonde curls and dimples and the only thing expected of her is that she marry well. Charlotte has other plans and to make sure she's able to live independently she does the unthinkable. Charlotte more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 2, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The teenage years: that period of self-discovery and experimentation, agony and euphoria, the sort of overnight mood swings that often has many a parent wondering if their child is crazy or undergoing some bizarre transformation that might result in a rational adult years down the line. But what if there really is something more sinister at play? Abby suspects the latter when her BFF Gretchen emerges from a late-night skinny dip profoundly different. Life as a teen in 1988 Charleston, South more

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August 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Through the town by Craig Shuttlewood

All board books are not created for baby’s first year.  Sometimes picture books simply get put into board book format because they are popular as picture books.  But for parents of toddlers, the 14 month-olds to 3 year-olds, some of these board books are great. Through the Town is one of these and really hits the sweet spot.  Very young children can trace the tactile, thick line provided through the book to develop the muscles in their eyes, to learn that when we read in English more

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July 29, 2016 | 0 comments
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