A review of Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Delightfully sardonic, Dear Committee Members employs the epistolary format to convey cutting commentary about the state of higher education in the liberal arts. Using the ubiquitous recommendation letter as a platform, the author delivers such zingers as these: “Iris Temple has applied to your MFA program...and has asked me to support...her application. I find this difficult to do, not because [she] is unqualified...but because your program...offers its graduate writers no more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen tells the story of Shana, an aspiring photographer, who is thrust into the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster forces Shana to address her priorities: her family, which is slowly falling apart, and a boy who is turning her idea of love upside-down.    Shana meets this boy, Quattro, while trying to take a life-changing photograph—an image that could get her into the college of her choice. He bumps into Shana and ruins her perfect more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 22, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles for May With summer around the corner, publishers are gearing up by releasing some big name authors. Award-winning authors Don De Lillo, Louise Erdrich and Richard Russo have novels coming out in the first part of the month, while bestselling authors Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) and Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea) offer sure bets for nonfiction fans. It’s also a strong month for young adult readers. Kiera Cass’s blockbuster series The Selection more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes announced The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced.  The following are the winners for Letters, Drama and Music: Fiction (1948-present) The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen - A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds" -- and two countries, Vietnam and the United States. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy is one I've been hearing buzz about for a while. Like the 50 Shades books, Pacat's story began its public life as a web serial and became so popular that the author self-published in 2013. After her self-publication did well, the trilogy was acquired by a major publisher and is even about to get a release in Japan. In the world that Pacat has created the sexuality of her characters is fluid and the central romance in the series is between more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 18, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Batman's Dark Secret by Kelley Puckett

A sensitive picture book rendering of Batman's origin story and a reminder that every kid can find his or her own courage. Beautiful illustrations by Jon Much (Zen Shorts, The Three Questions) will satisfy even the most anti-comic caregivers, and it's still about Batman so the kiddos will be thrilled! more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter had to fight a robot - or join forces with one to save the world from impending doom? Charlie Jane Anders, editor of the popular science fiction website i09, may have pondered such battles, as her new novel, All the Birds in the Sky, is a beautiful example of the ways fantasy and science fiction can work together and against each other.  All the Birds in the Sky is the more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

In 1962, a disturbing murder case came to light when a 15-year-old Graham Young, later determined to be psychopathic, poisoned his step-mother in a death that at first appeared to be natural. That boy went on to kill two others, but it was the first death that aroused the most alarm, as it happened with thallium—the first instance in which the poison was used in a crime. It was not, however, the first time that thallium had been described as a weapon: just a few months earlier, Agatha Christie more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K Johnston

Hermione Winters is living that golden child life. She’s a popular, talented cheerleader. She has a supportive family. She has a fulfilling relationship with Polly, her best friend and co-captain. She has a devoted boyfriend that she could take or leave, which is a pretty sweet position to be in. She’s smart, well-liked and can’t wait to start her senior year leading her team in the sport that she loves so much. Then she is drugged, raped, and left unconscious in a lake at cheerleading camp. more

Reviewed by Beth on
April 6, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

I admit to being one of the many in lines at Star Trek conventions back in the day and was particularly happy to get Leonard Nimoy’s signature on an item. So I did enjoy reading this new biography. Shatner utilizes an easy conversational prose to relate his long relationship with Leonard Nimoy from the early years as struggling actors crossing paths in the hunt for work, to working together on a short lived television series called Star Trek to becoming real friends as that series morphed into more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
April 5, 2016 | 0 comments
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