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A review of Daisy Miller by Henry James

Henry James died on February 28, 1916. I decided to revisit his works in honor of the 100th anniversary of his death and started with Daisy Miller. This is the summary of the story from LINKcat: a young American woman traveling in Europe clashes with American expatriates in Rome. This is an excellent summary and basically what I would have said the story was about based on my first reading of it more than 20 years ago. I also would have added that Daisy clashes with her fellow ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Henry by Linda Urban

Little Red Henry is the baby of his family.  His mother, father, brother, and sister never let him do ANYTHING on his own.  They make his meals, cut his food, pick out his clothes and brush his teeth for him.  When Henry decides he wants to do these things himself, he turns out to be quite capable; but what will his family do with all their new free time?  Have fun, of course!  This is a great book for kids who have reached the “I can do it myself!” stage. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
February 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams

I know I will likely get into trouble naming the horse as the perfect animal but after reading Wendy Williams’ excellent account of Equus’ evolution and newly understood capabilities, it’s hard to imagine an animal better adapted to making the most of its environment. In The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, Williams delves into over fifty million years of equus evolution. It is indeed epic, as horses ranged over much of the globe at one time, and still today ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 17, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

There's always a killer, right?   Ruth Ware's debut mystery starts off with a "hen night" or bachelorette weekend at an isolated cottage in the woodsy English countryside. The rest of the elements fall into place. The group that is gathered to celebrate the wedding of Clare is comprised of former friends and complete strangers. The weather turns and an unexpected snowstorm traps the group. The phone line is dead and there is no cell service. Mysterious footprints appear in the snow. The ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

Cheryl Blackford’s debut children’s novel is an expertly layered tale of two siblings evacuated from their hometown in England during World War II, to live with strangers in the Yorkshire countryside. Lizzie and her brother Peter do not feel at home with their brusque new guardian Madge, wife of the local policeman. And things only get more complicated when Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby and takes it home to Madge. Exploring the parallel child’s-eye-view accounts of Lizzie and Elijah, a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

There are many ways to celebrate this month and the accomplishments of African Americans in our history and in our community. To start you off, here are a few events going on at our libraries. But events aside, you can also celebrate by reading. And after hearing about Beverly Jenkins in the latest edition of ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
February 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon

2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, Frann Preston-Gannon, makes her US picture book debut with the fun new book Pepper & Poe.Pepper the cat leads a nice orderly life.  He has his daily routine and likes it that way.  Then one day a new kitten Poe joins the family and messes everything up.  All Poe wants to do is play - but that disrupts Pepper's plans.  Will the two ever learn to get along and become friends?  Will Pepper ever have his order restored? ...read more

Reviewed by Jenny on
February 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Finally. Somebody throws the doors wide open on the discussion of working moms and introduces a thought-provoking personal experiment. I needed this book. Shonda Rhimes is a critically acclaimed television producer and writer whose shows include Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye, writer of the excellent Timothy Wilde mysteries set in 19th century NYC, has something new for her fans (and their numbers will grow with this book, I predict). Her new novel is a historical one to be sure, but it's also an homage to Jane Eyre - if Jane Eyre killed the people who did her wrong instead of just silently suffering. Though this is described in the blurb as a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 3, 2016 | 0 comments
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