A review of Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso

Thomas Pecore Weso grew up on a Menominee Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin, raised by loving and complex grandparents. In Good Seeds, his sweet and breezy “food memoir,” most chapters find Weso ruminating on a particular food source or food activity, delightfully hopping from “How to Cook a Beaver” to “Blackberry Wine” to “Wisconsin Diner Food,” bringing the reader into Menominee and Wisconsin culinary history by more

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April 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Ijeawele, or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. How does the author of We Should All Be Feminists respond when a friend asks her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist? She shares 15 real, thought-provoking, and practical suggestions about how to live a feminist life including: more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The lives of a 10-year-old girl kidnapped by the Kiowa and a 71-year-old veteran of three wars intersect in this novel of the late 1800s. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has lived through the War of 1812, President Tyler's War with Mexico and the Civil War. Now in his golden years, he travels Texas reading to local townspeople from the Boston Globe, New York Tribune, National Inquirer and other papers about the happenings of the day, the news of the world.   When we meet more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
April 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Being an immigrant can be challenging but Jasmine managed to forget that - until she found out her family was in the U. S. illegally. Her dreams about college and careers are shattered. She needs to find a way so that her family can stay. This is a great story about a teenager who falls in love but also has problems with her family and future. It is full of stuff that could very much happen in real life, and being told in first person really aids to the understanding of the story. The reader more

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March 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

In books, television and movies I love gray characters. I don't mean mole people who never see the sun, but those who are complicated (mostly because that's how real people are) and who aren't wholly good or wholly bad. Meredith Duran has written a romance that has both a heroine and a hero who are definitely in the gray category and they are all the more intriguing for it. Jane Mason inherited a large amount of money from her parents. Unfortunately she can only get access to it if she marries more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout more

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March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Who knows about vaudeville? Any specialists out there? I knew very little about vaudeville before reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters and it's a fascinating part of American cultural history. Vaudeville was a type of entertainment that was popular in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and shows consisted of individual performances or acts by comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and sometimes trained animals. Cinematic films were new, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

In Amsterdam, in 1943, Hanneke spends her days delivering illicit goods for her black market boss.  She’s learned that practicality must sometimes override morality during war.  When a client asks her to find the Jewish teenager she had been hiding, Hanneke doesn’t want to get involved, but guilt over her boyfriend’s death compels her to help.  Teaming up with her boyfriend’s brother, she sets out find the girl, eventually becoming involved in the Dutch resistance.  The more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has a way with the English language. I have devoured all her works of fiction, including The Namesake and The Lowland. Turns out Lahiri has a way with the Italian language as well. In Other Words is her first work of nonfiction, a memoir, written in Italian after Lahiri immersed herself in the language by moving to Italy with her family and reading and writing solely in Italian. The book features English and Italian back to more

Reviewed by Mary F - Central on
March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles April will soon be here, and with it comes a nice flowering of anticipated titles. Thriller fans and mystery fans always have a generous pick of hot titles and April is no different. This month brings new works from favorites Sarah Paretsky, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline and Jeffrey Deaver, as well as new whodunits from Anne Cleeve, Ann Ross and Susan Albert Wittig. Fans of literary fiction will see the return of Pulitzer-winning Elizabeth Strout with Anything Is Possible, a more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 21, 2017 | 0 comments
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