A review of Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

America, the early twenty-first century. It looks familiar on the surface: smartphones, debates over free trade, political tension between so-called red states and blue. And the nation is more divided than ever before over the question of race. But in the America Ben H. Winters imagines, the color of one’s skin has bigger stakes than we can imagine. In this America, the Civil War never happened. Years of compromise and political maneuvering has resulted a divided United States: mostly free, but more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers

It's been a while since a book delighted me as much as this science fiction debut from Wagers. I read it through cover to cover and then immediately returned to the beginning and read it again. SF and politics and a kick-ass heroine made this work for me on all levels. So here's the deal. Hail Bristol has spent the last twenty years of her life working as a gunrunner - and looking for the man who murdered her father. She willingly gave up her previous life and has no interest in returning to more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 11, 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
July 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

And there you have it. This is the most ridiculously entertaining trio of graphic novels I've come across in a long while. We're talking gross-out humor, impossibly strong Kung Fu kicks, ludicrous blasting implements and nonsensical adventures. The Glorkian Warrior is the inept intergalactic hero, his talking backpack is the voice of reason, and along the way they pick up a wildly out-of-control, baby-talking future warrior named Gonk and a brains sucking baby alien that thinks the Glorkian more

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July 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter, trying to explain to the boy she might love why she hurt him.  The truth is hard to admit; the truth is, the voice told her to.  The voice told her to do a lot of things that summer, few of them good.  This story focuses less on the romance and more on Cassie’s internal struggle as she learns more about her mental illness and how to cope with it.  Cassie is a compelling protagonist and the supporting characters surrounding her have equal depth, more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Caroline Linden concludes her Scandalous (50 Ways to Sin) series with Six Degrees of Scandal. It is the story of lost love and second chances. James Weston and Olivia Herbert Townsend grew up together, fell in love, but were separated by her parents' greed and his tardiness to realize the direr situation. But now ten years later Olivia is a widow and in deep trouble. Unbeknownst to Olivia her dead more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Reworking Shakespeare for contemporary times is nothing new: one need only look at films like 10 Things I Hate About You teen angst or Kurosawa’s feudal Japan-set Throne of Blood (retellings of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, respectively). It is perhaps a little less common to retell his stories in novel form. Hogarth Press has launched an intriguing new series that enlists some notable literary and popular authors to do their best with the Bard’s plots more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

With the retirement of beloved Lakeview Librarian Katie (sorely missed), I've taken over as an interim leader for the mystery book group at that library. For my first discussion we read The Cold Cold Ground and I couldn't have had a better first read and discussion. This is McKinty's first book in his Sean Duffy series and introduces RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) detective Sean Duffy working in Northern Ireland in 1981 at the height of the "Troubles". Sean is a rarity, a Catholic more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

I was so excited when my co-worker Jane gave me the galley to Alan Bradley's lastest novel, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel. My favoirte precocious sleuth has returned. She is a bit wiser and more grownup, but she's still Flavia, twelve going on thrity. Flavia de Luce, has returned home to England after being kicked out of her Canadian boarding school. It's more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman

Has there ever quite been an era like the years of Victoria’s reign? Between 1837 and 1901, the world saw tremendous change in technology, politics and social standards, particularly in Britain. It’s a time that’s always held a particular fascination with modern thought—how many times has the liberality of our times been compared to the straight-laced, everyone-in-their-place conception of Victorian society? But what really was it like to live as an ordinary person in Victorian England? more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 23, 2016 | 0 comments
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