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A review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

What if Harry Potter hadn't been a charming British orphan, but a middle class nerd from Brooklyn?  And, instead of attending Hogwarts as an 11-year old, he finished high school as a muggle and didn't discover his wizardly talents until he was invited to apply to a prestigious magical university? ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 8, 2009 | 0 comments
This year's Wisconsin Book Festival begins tomorrow, October 7, and Madison book lovers should not miss this event.  The theme this year is "Courage" and many Wisconsin authors are featured.  The list includes Michael Perry, Lorrie Moore, Terese Allen, Linda Barry, Jane Hamilton and David Rhodes. The Festival highlight will be the keynote from ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 6, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain

There are some books that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, inspired by the goodness of humanity and hopeful for the future.  And then there are James M. Cain's novels.  Written in the 1930s and 1940s, Cain's terse, bleak crime novels portray people as hard as the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 5, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Color of Earth by Kim Tong-Hwa

I wish I had known this before I started reading The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa: the author is a very famous ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 1, 2009 | 0 comments
Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Meadowridge Branch recently acquired a Strong Families collection designed to support family literacy and successful parenting.  The collection contains print titles, audio books, and DVDs and covers topics such as nutrition, fitness, behavior, and life skills for children and parents. The popular ...read more

Reviewed by Ryan - Meadowridge on
September 30, 2009 | 0 comments
There was a post on a librarian's blog about a recent New York Times article dealing with the Brooklyn Public Library's decision to remove a ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 28, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

Jeffrey Zaslow is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal.  One of his columns was about lifelong friendships that seem to exist primarily among women.  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
September 26, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of: Goldengrove by Francine Prose

I think it was back in February that I swore off books that dealt with grieving, but I slipped off the wagon.  It's not really my fault...my book group selected Goldengrove by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
September 25, 2009 | 0 comments
South Madison’s book discussion group for Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food had a small attendance on Saturday, but the discussion covered a variety of topics: from the economics of modern day farming to how our own parents and grandparents cooked, ...read more

Reviewed by Lori - South Madison on
September 24, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of You'll Never Know by Carol Tyler

It seems like Carol Tyler has been kicking around the comics scene since it was referred to as the underground comics scene.  In the last few years, she's turned her attention to the full-length graphic novel.  Her latest, ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 22, 2009 | 0 comments
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