A review of I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me by Joan Rivers

Are you afraid to say that you hate anything for fear that you will upset others or ignite unpleasant debate? Well, Joan Rivers isn't afraid to tell the world that she hates everyone and everything: children, the elderly, the infirm, cities, countries, public transportation. The woman puts it in writing that she hates identical twins. And pets. It's so ridiculous it's hilarious. And quite refreshing. I Hate Everyone... more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

Everyone tells horror stories about the Whistling Hollow--with its unearthly sounds, ancient twisted trees and the ominous pool that never completely freezes in the dead of winter, even the birds avoid it. One bone-chilling winter's day, fourteen year old Will, the servant to the monks of nearby Crowfield Abbey, must go to the Hollow on an unexpected errand of mercy, and his life will never be the same! Now, Will must find his way through a once-familiar world now rife with deep secrets, more

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October 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson

It’s a fantasy for a lot of people; rent out the house, pay off some bills and give it all up for an adventure. For the Wilson family from Des Moines, Iowa this fantasy became a reality when they reorganized their life for a sabbatical in another country, Croatia. Jennifer Wilson had been traveling her whole life and as an accomplished writer the sabbatical seemed like a great idea for her to explore her immigrant roots. Her architect husband Jim’s role on the trip was to make sure their two more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 11, 2012 | 0 comments
Finalists for the National Book Award The National Book Award finalists have been announced. For fiction and nonfiction here are the nominated titles:Fiction Junot Dí­az, This Is How You Lose Her Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King: A Novel Louise Erdrich more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 10, 2012 | 0 comments
Two Great Firsts It's sort of a reading axiom; you go along for a while with no great reads then suddenly have a slew of them. That's what I've been experiencing and I'm thrilled. My two latest finds continue my streak of great mysteries. This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa BornikovaA Goodreads reviewer called this a 'breath of fresh air' in the overcrowded Urban Fantasy genre and I couldn't agree more. Linnet Ellery more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky

How long do you give a book to grab your interest before you put it down in favor of another one? Do you feel guilty or possibly stupider for not completing the book? I have found that I am sometimes too persistent and stubborn in trying to finish a book, and can therefore not get to other great reading that is waiting for me. These are some of the issues that I had to face as I finished reading Molotov’s Magic more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
October 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Not a Baby Anymore by Jorge Uzon

New parents take a million photos of their baby, but many end up buried on a computer hard drive (the modern day equivalent to the shoebox under the bed). Author Jorge Uzón not only created an adorable series of four board books about his son’s first year of life, he also managed to get them published to share with the world! Attractive photographs fill each page, accompanied by simple text discussing the everyday life of his baby from birth to first birthday. Since the books are full of more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 4, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth

Janet Groth spent 21 years working as a receptionist on the 18th floor at The New Yorker.  She answered phones, took messages and soothed troubled souls, of which there were many.  She coordinated office socials, babysat the children of staff members, watered plants and house-sat for the many writers and artists she came into contact with.  She had a steady stream of lunch dates with a wide variety of New Yorker personalities.  She took several extended trips to more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Gold by Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a very versatile author, with three very different novels: Incendiary about a terrorist attack in London, Little Bee which is set mostly in Nigeria, and now his latest book more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 2, 2012 | 0 comments
12 Essential Presidential Campaign Books The presidential campaign season is upon us and soon we will elect a new president. Want to know how they did it in the past? Then check out 12 Essential Presidential Campaign Books, according to Jacket Copy at the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 1, 2012 | 0 comments
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