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A review of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

As a new feature, MADreads is going to post reports of Madison Public Library book group discussions.  If you're like us, you're always on the lookout for that next great, discussable book.  Our inaugural report comes from the Sequoya branch.  The Sequoya book group just read ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy - Sequoya on
March 9, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of When Everything Changed by Gail Collins

Gail Collin's very readable account of the last fifty years of American women's history, ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 8, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson

I am often in the market for an author I haven't read before and to find one I sometimes troll the debut author lists in some of the journals.  That's how I came across Asta in the Wings by Jan Elizabeth Watson. It starts in Maine, in the 1970s, where 7-year-old Asta and her 9-year-old ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
March 6, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Merry, Merry Ghost by Carolyn Hart

Carolyn Hart’s new Bailey Ruth Raeburn mystery is just what the doctor ordered during this dreary time of year. Bailey Ruth is a ghost, or as her boss reminds her, a heavenly emissary, who doesn’t always follow the rules. Although this time she does try to follow the Precepts for Heavenly Visitation more closely, she again ends up doing the right thing the wrong way to the dismay of her boss, Wiggins. In Merry, ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 3, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Lost City of Z by David Grann

David Grann's nonfiction adventure/history The Lost City of Z walks a precarious line ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 2, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of: Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

YA writing goddess Maureen Johnson's second installment in Scarlett Martins' story was worth the wait, Scarlett Fever was great!  Unless you have read ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
March 1, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? by Liz Prince

He: Liz? She: Hmm? He: Will you snuggle with me? She: If you stop farting. He: Nevermind. Now, if you don't see the humor is that little exchange, then Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? a collection of comic ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
February 25, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver's first novel in several years, The Lacuna, spans three decades in the life of ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
February 24, 2010 | 0 comments
In one of the most anticipated and followed book contests of the year, United Kingdom based Bookseller magazine has announced its longlist for its 2009 Diagram Prize.  Yet another list of books for the harried reader to consider, you ask?  The beauty of the Diagram Prize is that the reader has to go no further than ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 23, 2010 | 1 comment
Readers like to read.  That's a fact.  What's also often true is that readers love to find someone who's read the same book.  Because, although readers are stereotyped as quiet, head-in-the-book folks, the fact is we love to talk about what we've read with other readers.  Doesn't matter if our fellow reader liked the book as much as we did (though we can hope) what matters is being able to talk about it. At Madison Public Library we offer a variety of opportunities to talk ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 19, 2010 | 3 comments
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