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

Reviewed by Jane J on
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

Reviewed by Katie H. on
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

Reviewed by Abby on
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

Reviewed by Jane J on
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

Reviewed by Jennifer on
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
A review of How This Book was Made by Mac Barnett

If you are looking for a strictly non-fiction book about how books are made - this is not the book for you.  The tiger reading, hamburger with arms and legs, and astronaut giving a thumbs up on the cover are be some of your first clues.  The fact that is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex are your next clues.  But if you are looking for a fun (and slightly silly) book to read with children about the writing and book making process - this is the book for you.The more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
November 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson

Ia is a precognitive young woman who has seen the future and it involves the destruction of everything she holds dear. Though her ability to dip into the timestreams has given her knowledge no person should have, Ia is determined to do what she can to change things. If she does not her world and every other world in the galaxy is going to be destroyed. With that in mind, every step she takes from the age of 15 is meant to prepare her to be in the right places at the right times to prevent that more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 31, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Blocks by Irene Dickson

Sharing is hard! In Blocks by Irene Dickson, 2016 Nosy Crow, Ruby and Benji learn that sharing and playing with their blocks together is more fun than playing alone. The simple text, big and bold illustrations, and diverse characters make this a great story to share with toddlers. Block cut-outs on the cover and different shaped blocks are a great reminder that block play helps support early literacy. Pair this story with other building block books, and then expand the experience with real more

Reviewed by Holly on
October 28, 2016 | 0 comments
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