A review of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hey, sis, 1938 sure was a silk year if you lived in Manhattan and had enough spinach to treat a pretty tomato right. The Depression was winding down, the jazz was gearing up and the gin was flowing freely. Amor Towle's Rules of Civility captures this slice of life in the most perfect detail and yes, civility. I was half imagining Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Holiday and more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Stories about thirty something Dads stuck in corporate jobs they hate, trying to stay hip with Foster the People t-shirts, playing in bands on the weekends and flirting with the checkout girl at Whole Foods? Matthew Norman’s debut, Domestic Violets, fits this description perfectly and is a great first novel. Tom Violet lives in DC with his wife and daughter; toiling away at a soul-sucking for a company he sarcastically calls the “Death Star.” He battles his boss Greg on a daily basis and the more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This book is alien sci-fi meets teenage drama meets explosive action, and that's what seems to make it so interesting. Science fiction fans would like the thorough background, which is detailed multiple times throughout the book, and fans of teenage romance and drama would enjoy much of the conflicts that arise in the high school scene. As for fans of explosive action, they would be the most lucky, because explosive action is just what they will get. As for the book overall, I was hooked from more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
October 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

With pre-publication reviews predicting a bestseller on the level of The Help and suggesting that it could be the adult's answer to Harry Potter, there was no question that I would read The Night Circus. The real question is, does it live up to all the buzz? I'd have to say not quite, but it's still great, and I'd highly recommend it to pretty much anyone. Celia and Marco are two magicians from very different backgrounds, and they are apprenticed to two magicians with very more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 20, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins

Fans of acclaimed author Emily Jenkins's and Caldecott Award-winner Paul Zelinsky's Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, will more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of False Friend by Myla Goldberg

Myla Goldberg is going to be at the Wisconsin Book Festival this Friday evening. So I read her newest novel, The False Friend just in time. Celia, the main character, is walking to work one day in Chicago when she is overtaken by a vivid memory of the last time she saw her best friend Djuna. They had a temperamental friendship; close as twins one day, fighting like cats and dogs the next. Djuna was new to town, a more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
October 18, 2011 | 0 comments
Finalists Announced The National Book Award Finalists were recently named. To be eligible for an award a book must have been written by a citizen of the United States. The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature will be announced at a ceremony in Manhattan on Nov. 16, hosted by the actor and author John Lithgow. Find nominated books at the library: Fiction more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 17, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Bulu, African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

Oh, puppy love! His brown eyes and Jack Russell Terrier face peered up from the cover and I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And quite the book it is. It is the story of the Tolans, who quit their regular jobs as police officers in England and moved to the African bush in Zambia, near the Luangwa River to set up a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Along the way they adopted Bulu, a Jack Russell mix puppy that no one else wanted. The Tolans were adequately warned that pets don’t more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 15, 2011 | 1 comment
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Literary Travel Need to get away, but can’t for whatever reason? How about checking out Booklist’s Top 10 Literary Travel Books for 2011? These are some of their best travelogues reviewed this year.  South America & the AndesAndes by  Michael Jacobs  Lebanon more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

I loved Courtney Milan's first book in her Turner brothers trilogy (Unveiled) and I have to say I'm now torn as to whether I liked book one or book two better. What puts Unclaimed a little ahead of it's precursor is the way that Milan turns a romance staple on its head. Gone is the big, bad rake more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 12, 2011 | 0 comments
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