A review of Payback is a Mutha by Wahida Clark

The first in the Payback series, this book sizzles with back-stabbing, violence and sex. Brianna and Shan are best friends, and both have a lot of drama in their lives. Shan can’t hold down a job at a men's prison without falling in love- or in lust- with the ultra-tempting inmate Forever Thompson. Brianna uses men for money and her sneaking around on the DL will catch up with her eventually. As the women fall deeper into a life of crime and insanity, they both learn the hard way more

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August 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler

As far as the Library of Congress’s “Underwear Fiction” subject heading goes, this is some of the best. Intended to make the idea of toilet-training and “big girl/boy” underwear fun for toddlers, Veggies with Wedgies is also a hoot for adults (even adults without children). A gaggle of vegetables in Farmer John’s garden becomes intrigued when they see underwear hanging from the clothesline. After an amusing exchange about the origins and purposes of underwear, they take the underwear down and more

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August 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Lincoln O'Neill is suffering from a quarter life crisis. He's over-educated, living at home, and has been gun-shy when it comes to dating after a disastrous break-up. Oh, and he's also working a terrible, terrible job as the 'internet security officer' for an Omaha, Nebraska newspaper. Not only is it night shift, which sucks, but the entire job description is to read people's e-mail behind their back. It makes him feel like a rat, and Lincoln hates it. Until Beth and Jennifer's e-mails start more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
August 13, 2014 | 0 comments
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Adult Summer Reading Club We're almost to a 1000 books read and entered in our online Adult Summer Reading Club (969 titles as I type this). There's still time to get your books read and entered for our weekly drawings. So if you need some suggestions for what to read, take a look at what others are reading. ribbonknight thinks that more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 12, 2014 | 0 comments
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Reading Suggestions from Librarians Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, August 11 for our next Facebook online event.Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook page from 5:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll respond with another title we think you’ll enjoy. more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 9, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo

Gabby loves to chew gum all day and all night and her mother warns her that someday she may turn into gum, but she never thought it would really happen. In book one, we find out how Gabby Gomez learns to control her newfound sticky, stretchy superpowers and watch as she puts those powers to good use. My family loves this book, from the (extremely rare) Latina superhero to the bubblegum-cheerful artwork to the perfect balance of text vs. more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
August 8, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

This outstanding graphic novel is a 2014 Notable Children's Book from The American Library Association. It truly is notable in terms of disseminating factual information in the most attractive and appealing way possible. As the title suggests, this book is about the Dust Bowl or "The Dirty Thirties," when black dirt blew up and rained down on America's Great Plains devastating the land, farms, homes, humans and creatures in its more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis, and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone

Mention Wilbur and Orville Wright to the average person on the street, and you’ll likely get the instant response that they were the inventors of the airplane—and they would be right. But other than that momentous day at Kitty Hawk, the personalities of the Wrights and what happened after they successfully took to the air remains little known to most. Other figures in early aviation are as hazy—former headliners Bleriot, Beachey and Langley don’t register today. Author Lawrence Goldstone more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack

Good news - last week I found a new picture book that I loved and wanted to tell you about! Bad news - oops, I forgot to tell you about it. But wait, I can tell you about it right now!   With only four words, Jeff Mack has created an unforgettable adventure for two friends. What will happen when rabbit and mouse head out for a picnic? You'll have to read the book to find out! You can find more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 1, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of The Artist's Library: A Field Guide by Laura C. Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer

Look at this pretty book! The Artist's Library is brought to us by the inspired folks at The Library as Incubator Project and shares stories of collaborations between artists and libraries and serves as a field guide to more and continued partnerships. This book is a celebration of artists and their use of the library as a space, as a resource, and as a creative font. Some featured artists and projects include more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 31, 2014 | 0 comments
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