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A review of Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

From the time that we are very young, magical stories of princesses and fairies, princes and talking animals are told to us, over and over.  Fairy tales teach us of the dangers of straying from the path, of judging a man by his fur and not his heart, and of forgetting one's manners and stealing from a witch.  Breaking from rote tellings of these tales requires creative thinking on the part of both the author and the reader; author is charged with re-situating well-known characters and ...read more

Reviewed by Alicia - Lakeview on
June 8, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The South Madison Branch Library book discussion group met on a Saturday in May and discussed The Art of Racing in the Rain by ...read more

Reviewed by Lori - South Madison on
June 7, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My Name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I'm a Love-aholic by Jennifer Love Hewitt

What was I thinking with this one?  Well, I'll tell you what happened.  I am an unabashed fan of popular biography.  It all started when I was a kid and worked my way through the ancient "Childhood of Famous Americans" biography series at my library.  They were all conveniently shelved together in the 921s, so I just worked my way through the bunch.  But I soon outgrew Elizabeth Blackwell, Girl Doctor and Jane Addams, Little Lame Girl and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 5, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

With Memorial Day just past, it's time to begin summer reading in earnest.  Well, maybe summer reading isn't something you should begin "in earnest" but it's time to start.  And I can't think of a better book to start with than Treasure ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
June 3, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is no stranger to dystopian literature: her excellent novel The Handmaid's Tale is a ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 1, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

It's been a while since I've read or reviewed any romances.  I've been on a thriller/mystery kick.  So even though I've checked out (and purchased) romances by some of my favs (Jane Feather, ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 28, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Waiting for my Cats to Die: A Morbid Memoir by Stacy Horn

I heard about Stacy Horn from my friend and yours, Citizen Reader.  But instead of reading Horn's books, I went to her blog.  I was smitten right away, especially since ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
May 27, 2010 | 4 comments
A review of U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

It must be difficult to write a long mystery series featuring the same characters without making the plots predictable and repetitive.  There are some authors who can pull this off, one is the the recently deceased Robert Parker who was usually able to keep his story lines fresh.  Sue ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
May 26, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa, M.D.

(and birds).  I'm talking Dewey the library cat, Christian the lion, Wesley the owl and Alex the parrot.  To name a few.  Don't even get me started on Hachiko, the faithful Japanese dog who waited every day for nine years to greet his deceased owner.  We could be here all day. I'm now adding Oscar to the list.   ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 24, 2010 | 5 comments
A review of The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

I've long held a suspicion that Georgette Heyer is going to ruin romance for me.  After reading ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 20, 2010 | 5 comments
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