A review of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue truly broke out, literarily speaking, with her contemporary psychological thriller, Room which came out a few years ago. But the novel that first got her real critical notice was her historical novel, more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Not everyone likes to write lists. But I like to write lists. And Ramsey Beyer likes to write lists. That's why I like Ramsey Beyer's book about leaving a small rural community in Michigan and starting her first year at art school in Baltimore. Ramsey shares the lists she creates about everything related to everything: what she's going to do, how she's going to act, what she needs, her favorite things and on and on. Once she gets to school and gets settled in she makes lists of who she's met, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Another Bucket List: Latin American Literature Recommended bucket lists generally catch my eye. So when I saw the article title "Top 20 Latin American Books to Read Before You Die". I had to check out the choices of the Latin Times. Some I've read. How about you? Have you read any? Is there a title that they missed? One Hundred more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

Ah, wondrous science! On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne is a sparse yet brilliant picture book biography that will engage and inspire young readers. The book begins with baby Einstein, who didn’t utter a single word for a very long time. He just watches and wonders at the world around him. When he begins school, his teachers think him strange. But Albert was always pondering numbers, light, and space . . . His wonderings led to many amazing scientific more

Reviewed by Tracy on
March 21, 2014 | 0 comments
Spring Fancies My last post was all about dark and twisty tales. But spring begins today. Really. It does. Gone are the gray days of winter (probably not, but we can hope) and my fancy has turned to happier, lighter things. If you are also looking for a break from the darker days of winter, here are a couple of fun, charmers to lighten the mood. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is the first in a trilogy more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Survivor Fiction I've decided to create a new subgenre and call it "Survivor Fiction". First I'll tell you what these aren't. They aren't about the last survivor of a plane crash or fictional takeoffs of the tv show about a group of people competing until the last man is standing (i.e. much of the dystopian fiction being written). What they are, are books about characters who've come through terrible events and survived. And not only have they survived, but they've done so by working very hard to make sure they more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

I'm not sure that swampy Suley, GA would be the first place I'd look to for a lake vacation, but the fictional cottage resort featured in Sarah Addison Allen's latest novel is inviting, appealing, and as one comes to expect from this author, magical. Aunt Eby has been running the Lost Lake resort for decades and it's beyond showing its age. There are a few faithful vacationers who still visit each summer, but Eby has decided this will be her last summer at Lost Lake. There's too much upkeep, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel’s mother and grandmother both died in Hurricane Katrina, and Laurel doesn't want to deal with her pain. She has left behind her father and younger brother and ends up on the streets using the highly addictive drug, meth. Along the way we meet Moses, an artist that has taken it upon himself to paint murals of teens that have lost their battle with meth. Needless to say, he is always painting murals. He knows Laurel and is sure that he will soon be painting a picture of her. Fortunately more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
March 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Humans by Matt Haig

His assignment is to take the place of Professor Andrew Martin, a professor at Cambridge University. Martin has solved a long standing mathematical problem, the Riemann hypothesis and in doing so, he could change not only the fate of Earth but that of the universe. He, it turns out, is not from Earth, but is a member of a hive-based culture many light years away, who has assumed the now deceased Andrew Martin's form. How far the information on the solution has spread will determine who else more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Books for Fans of the Show True Detective As a watcher of HBO's TV series True Detective, the following article caught my eye: "A “True Detective” Reading List". According to that author this is "a list of dark, weird, and southern gothic books that every fan of HBO’s True Detective should read." If you are a fan, have you read any of the below more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2014 | 0 comments
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