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A review of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

A couple of weeks ago I attended a library conference in Sheboygan (very nice town and great wood fired pizza at Il Ritrovo, btw).  Part of my reason for attending was to be part of a book talking panel.  My area of expertise was thrillers.  And since I went to all that work, ahem, to talk up some great thrillers for my fellow librarians, I decided to share some of them with you as well. Some of the titles I ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 14, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff

if I was Jewish, grew up in New York, went to Oberlin and then moved back to New York after grad school.  But since I grew up in Wisconsin, went to the UW and live in Madison, it really isn’t my life. Still, I can imagine that it might be my life, because the characters of Joanna Smith Rakoff's ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 12, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt

Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt is a touching and very personal memoir ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
May 10, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

..whose debut novel will suck you in with an uncomfortable first scene and lead you down a long twisty, noodly path as he tells the story of two misfit children, Alice and Mattia, who end up still connected as dysfunctional adults and whose experiences will stick with you like wet pasta.  His name is ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
May 7, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of If Books Could Kill: A Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle

They can be deadly!  Master bookbinder and sleuth Brooklyn Wainwright discovers her prized hand carved knotting awl impaled in the neck of an adversary in If Books Could Kill, the second title in Kate Carlisle's bibliophile mystery series.  Who knew that being a professional ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 6, 2010 | 4 comments
A review of: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

As I mentioned in a former post, I've been on a steady diet of teen books in search of this summer's Teen's Choice review books.  I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a couple of titles which will be on this year's list. ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 5, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

The other night, as I was mixing up some dough for a pastry recipe, my mind wandered to the 1922 case profiled in Deborah Blum's entertaining ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 4, 2010 | 4 comments
A review of The Soloist by Steve Lopez

The South Madison Branch Book group discussed The Soloist by ...read more

Reviewed by Lori - South Madison on
May 3, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Who knew there was an intersection between romance, rock-and-roll, video games, and fighting?  Well, there is: Scott Pilgrim. Here's the summary from ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
April 30, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Love or Something Like It by Deirdre Shaw

As mentioned in an earlier post, I've been reading a few first novels lately.  My latest two are by young women who've written very compelling stories.  I couldn't put either of them down. In Love or Something Like It by television writer Deirdre Shaw, ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 28, 2010 | 2 comments
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