What to Read While You Wait for the Movie I can't wait for the Hunger Games movie, which now has a release date - March 23, 2012! I'm pretty sad that there aren't any more books in the series, though, so while I'm waiting for the movie, I've been looking for some other scary visions of the future to fill the void. Veronica Roth's debut novel, more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 5, 2011 | 5 comments
A Trace of Smoke Rebecca Cantrell

If you like historical mysteries, I have two to recommend. The first, A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell, is set in 1931 Berlin, Germany. Hannah Vogel is a single woman in a man’s world. She is a journalist for the Berliner Tageblatt and writes under a pseudonym. Crime is her beat. The mystery begins when Hannah gets the shock of her life while following leads at the police station. There in black and white more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 4, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Call by Yannick Murphy

The Call is an elegantly simple (or simply elegant) little novel. The simple arises out of the structure the author uses to tell her story. Each journal like entry begins with the Call, followed by the Action, the Result, What the kids said when I got home, What my wife cooked for dinner, etc. The elegant develops as each journal entry deepens the characterizations and the story until you feel like you live in the cozy, creaking house with them. David Appleton is a large animal vet in more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 3, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Monkey King is tired of his second-class status. Adored by his own subjects, he is snubbed by human deities until he perfects his powers and literally beats them into submission. “I am not a monkey” he proclaims. “I am the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven!” Jin Wang is the only Chinese American student at his school. When Wei-Chen Sun arrives from Taiwan, Jin Wang thinks, “Something made me want to beat him up.” Still, it’s not long before the two boys become best friends. Blond-haired more

Reviewed by Tana on
September 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

It's 2083 -- New York City is in shambles, chocolate and caffeine are only available on the black market, and everything from water to hair products are being rationed. For Anya Balanchine, the orphaned mob princess and heiress to the Balanchine Chocolate fortune, it's the way life has always been. But when poisoned chocolate, untrustworthy relatives and a love affair with the Assistant District Attorney's son threaten to tear what's left of her family apart, Anya must make the biggest more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl

I was very excited to listen to this new book about Prince William and Kate Middleton. I tried to watch as much of the royal wedding as possible and followed many of the commentary shows in the days prior to and succeeding the event. I don't obsessively follow the royals, but I had somewhat recently read Katie Nicholl's William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls, and thought this new book would be fun, too. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 29, 2011 | 0 comments
Banned Books Week Banned books week is upon us and while it's not generally a hotbed topic in Madison, censorship and the threat it poses to the freedom to read is ongoing. ALA President Molly Raphael says in her essay on the Huffington Post "Free access to books and ideas is the foundation of our government and our society, enabling every person to become an educated participant in our more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 28, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane This graphic novel is set on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on the first day of summer. Teen-aged sisters M'Rose, Elle, and Célina are ready for some excitement and their day does not disappoint. Each chapter of The Zabime Sisters presents a new adventure for the girls, some more mischievous than others.  The girls fight and bicker as siblings do, gossip about classmates and flirt with boys. They steal mangoes more

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September 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry

I'd seen the movie Chicago - which is about the fictional Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly who get away with murder - and had been aware that it was based on real goings-on in 1920's Chicago. But I didn't realize how closely the story tied to actual events and that the original play (which would later become the musical) was written by a female reporter who wrote about the real murders for the Chicago more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

I love novels about musicians. I've read great stories about musicians from pianist Clara Schumann in Clara to aging punk rockers in A Visit from the Goon SquadI loved Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and I even made myself finish more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 24, 2011 | 0 comments
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