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A review of Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky

How long do you give a book to grab your interest before you put it down in favor of another one? Do you feel guilty or possibly stupider for not completing the book? I have found that I am sometimes too persistent and stubborn in trying to finish a book, and can therefore not get to other great reading that is waiting for me. These are some of the issues that I had to face as I finished reading Molotov’s Magic ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
October 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Not a Baby Anymore by Jorge Uzon

New parents take a million photos of their baby, but many end up buried on a computer hard drive (the modern day equivalent to the shoebox under the bed). Author Jorge Uzón not only created an adorable series of four board books about his son’s first year of life, he also managed to get them published to share with the world! Attractive photographs fill each page, accompanied by simple text discussing the everyday life of his baby from birth to first birthday. Since the books are full of ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth

Janet Groth spent 21 years working as a receptionist on the 18th floor at The New Yorker.  She answered phones, took messages and soothed troubled souls, of which there were many.  She coordinated office socials, babysat the children of staff members, watered plants and house-sat for the many writers and artists she came into contact with.  She had a steady stream of lunch dates with a wide variety of New Yorker personalities.  She took several extended trips to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Gold by Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a very versatile author, with three very different novels: Incendiary about a terrorist attack in London, Little Bee which is set mostly in Nigeria, and now his latest book ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 2, 2012 | 0 comments
12 Essential Presidential Campaign Books The presidential campaign season is upon us and soon we will elect a new president. Want to know how they did it in the past? Then check out 12 Essential Presidential Campaign Books, according to Jacket Copy at the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

If you can't take one more second of the whole Team Edward/Team Jacob debate, in fact, even if you hate vampire stories -- this is one vampire story you're sure to love. Mel is not a huge fan of vampires, but her best friend, Cathy, is in love with everything old and dead. This hasn't been a very big problem in their friendship, until a vampire shows up in their local history class and Cathy falls head over heels in love. Throw in a missing father, his distraught family, and a human raised by ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 28, 2012 | 0 comments
Banned Books Week: Sep 30-Oct 6 To celebrate Banned Books Week the ALA is hosting the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! for the second year in a row. Readers can post a video of themselves reading a challenged book on the Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. Last year there were even ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 27, 2012 | 1 comment
Steampunk Romance Ever since I read Gail Carriger's Soulless (reviewed by my co-MADreader, Katie in 2009 - I can hardly believe it's been that long! and it's now even been ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 26, 2012 | 0 comments
First World War mysteries by Elizabeth Speller

In The Return of Captain John Emmett author Elizabeth Speller introduces former infantry soldier Laurence Bartram. Like most of the men returning from the trenches and battlefields of Europe, Laurence has his own memories and past to deal with, including the death of his wife and unborn ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

I get excited about New York City, anyway, but some authors really know how to work it. Rebecca Stead's Newbery Medal-winning book When You Reach Me primarily takes place on Manhattan's Upper West Side. What a surprising book that is. It melds mystery and time travel and living in Manhattan in the 1970s with perfection. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  Stead's new book takes us to a different ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 24, 2012 | 1 comment
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