A review of The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst

The Spies of Warsaw covers those brief years in the 1930’s between the beginnings of the Nazi government in Germany and the start of the war in 1939. more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
August 10, 2009 | 0 comments
Now that vampires are everywhere, there's a new trendy undead: zombies.  They may not be as romantic as vampires, with their sometimes sparkly skin, glamorous fangs, and insatiable thirst for blood, but there's a lot to be said for the plain old corpse about town.  My first encounter with the zombie trend was in Carrie Ryan's deliciously creepy more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 6, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

I've had a fascination with the Salem witch trials since I first read The Crucible in high school.  I followed up many years later with a research paper on the connection between midwifery and the trials.  It's such a sad passage in our colonial history.  Martha Carrier was one of the women hanged in Salem, after refusing to admit to being a witch.  Her descendant, Kathleen Kent, after hearing her family's stories about Carrier, spent several years more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
August 5, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Not for the squeamish, Wintergirls is award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson's portrait of 18-year-old more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
August 4, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Columbine by David Cullen

It's apt that the only image Dave Cullen's harrowing account of the 1999 Columbine school shootings is the cover photo: the school framed low on the cover, 'Columbine' superimposed over it, against a cloudy sky.  It begs the question: what more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 3, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

The recent swine flu hysteria makes Jacqueline Carey's newest story very timely.  In Santa Olivia a more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 31, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes

My mother had a saying: “That and fifty cents will get you right on the bus.” The meaning was, no matter what, you still have to pay for the bus. An example: Me: “That woman has beautiful hair.” My Mother: “Yeah--that and fifty cents will get her right on the bus.” We all make references depending on the times/places we’re from.  Depending on our differences, this could mean we're not always understood.  Every year, Beloit more

Reviewed by Terry on
July 30, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

2008 was a great year for witches.  Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader and Kathleen Kent’s more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 29, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of American Thighs by Jill Connor Browne

This is the first Sweet Potato Queens (SPQ) book I’ve encountered and I'm happy to report I was pleasantly surprised by it. For those of the uninitiated, SPQ is an organization based in Jackson, Mississippi started by Jill Conner Browne in the early 1980s. Every year they host a weekend of more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
July 27, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff

A while back I read and loved 84, Charing Cross Road, a collection of letters between the witty and wonderful Helene Hanff and the staff of a more

Reviewed by Robin - Pinney on
July 25, 2009 | 2 comments
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