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A review of Running the Books by Avi Steinberg

Why? Because they know "how to be sweet but theywillbust yo a#$@ if you get out of line." That is just one of many great lines in Avi Steinberg's new memoir Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, aboth entertaining and enlightening ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
December 17, 2010 | 0 comments
Try a biography! There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few biographies from a new, upcoming library booklist-- Recommended Biographies - 2010. BIOGRAPHIES - ART & MUSIC Huang, Yunte. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Get a head start on your 2011 book group reading. Book Discussion Kits for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot are currently available for check ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 15, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

One of my favorite series from childhood is back! As a young teen, I spent countless hours with the historical fiction diaries of the Dear America series, in which girls experience the greatest moments inUnited Stateshistory. In particular, I remember ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
December 14, 2010 | 3 comments
A review of Perfumes by Luca Turin

It's not often that I find myself going back to a title repeatedly, especially about a topic that, frankly, doesn't really touch on any topic that I've ever been interested in. Yet, every time I pick up Perfumes: The Guide ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 13, 2010 | 0 comments
Though I'm an infrequent cook of anything beyond the basics, I do love to look at beautiful cookbooks. Really, who doesn't? So with that in mind I give you links to this years picks for "best" cookbooks. Perhaps you'll get an idea for a last minute holiday gift or just something to ooh and aah over like I do. Huffington Post's Best Cookbooks of 2010 ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 11, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is one of the best books I've read all year and one I'm recommending for fans of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 10, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

I've been lax in posting and obviously am a little behind if I'm going to talk about my Turkey weekend reading. If you're a stickler for timeliness, this won't be that, but hopefully you'll want to hear about this trio of good books anyway. First up is Michael Connelly's ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 9, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Dream House by Valerie Laken

Maybe...if you are the protagonist of Dream House by Valerie Laken. Set in Ann Arbor, this novel chronicles one young woman's journey through a moderately unhappy marriage and purchase of a first house. As we move through the narrative she finds support in a posse of three"”herself and two other ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
December 6, 2010 | 0 comments
Last year, around this time, I reviewed some picture books which I believed were strong contenders for the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is "awarded to the artist of the most distinguishedAmerican Picture Book for Children published in the United States during thepreceding year." Yet in past years the committee has chosen not only picture books for this ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
December 3, 2010 | 0 comments
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