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A review of Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet

Beethoven is everywhere. Cell phones trill ‘Fur Elise,’ parents dote as their offspring murder ‘Ode to Joy’ and the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony practically define classical music for many. For all his familiarity, though, Beethoven the man is frustratingly hard to pin down. Little written evidence survives of the composer’s formative years, and later documents have become burnished by fame over the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook by Aida Mollenkamp

As part of the Big Library Read program, Wisconsin's Digital Library will be featuring Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen in eBook format from February 17th - March 5th, 2014. During this two-week reading ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

John and Marta are surprised when they find a young boy sleeping on their porch. A note in his pocket states that Jacob is a good boy and they--whoever left him there--will come back for him. As days turn to weeks, John and Marta witness and encourage Jacob's creativity and musical genius, despite his muteness. This is a sweet story about making a hard decision between doing the right thing and keeping something you want so very much. The impact of this little boy affects the way John and Marta ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 14, 2014 | 0 comments
Upcoming Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading.  In honor of the cold weather I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to curl up by the fire and read. Which favorite character would you like to go on an adventure with? Lake of Tears by Mary Logue [1/1]setting: rural Wisconsincharacter: deputy ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Above the door at Island Books it says "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World" which is the best description I have for this quiet, lovely book. Bookstore owner A. J. Fikry is struggling, really he's slowly killing himself. His beloved wife Nik was killed in a car accident and he has lost his will to live. He goes through the motions, irritably dealing with the business of his bookstore, and drinking himself to sleep every night. But, really he can't see the point. A couple of events force ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump was written by a thirteen-year-old autistic boy from Japan in order to share how he thinks and feels and perceives things when it's difficult to communicate with the rest of the world. Unable to use speech or write with pen and paper to convey his thoughts, Naoki Higashida was able to write this book using an alphabet grid invented by his mother. This was something that worked for the two of them and with practice the author was able to further his communication ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

If you have gobbled down the old fairy tales like lemon cookies,If you have several hours to spare,And you are not afraid,Listen, if you will, to the tale of the ancient ghost.It is time to make the strange journey to Far Far AwayAnd the darkness is closer than you think. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Evan Carter has always had a type.  He goes for the girls a little left of normal, the girls who always say yes. And that’s yes to sex, as Evan doesn’t do the girlfriend thing—never a problem, as his father never keeps him in one high school or boarding school long enough to make friends. But one fateful night, Evan picks the wrong girl.  One run in with a furious ex-boyfriend later, and Evan is in a hospital bed, recovering from a ruptured spleen, a broken nose and myriad other ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 6, 2014 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies of 2013 Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you.  Below are a few from a new library list, Biographies, Recommended in 2013.  For more reading suggestions check out Madison Public Library Insider newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Control by Lydia Kang

Control is set in a dystopian future in which America has divided into mega-states with harsh dress codes and moral standards, and laws against extreme genetic mutations-- the kind that make you into a superpower. Any child born with such a mutation is “dealt with,” but some underground groups abduct such kids before the government can intervene and use their mutations to develop commercial products at high profits. Zelia Benton is plunged into this underworld when her father dies suddenly and ...read more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
February 3, 2014 | 0 comments
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