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Nonfiction Nominees Looking for something to read? Check out the long list for 2016 National Book Awards. The categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult. The winners will be announced November 16th. Below are the nonfiction nominees.   America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by Abraham Lincoln

It's that time!  The dates and venues have been announced for the 2016 Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as well as the date for the Vice Presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. Find the complete 2016 Presidential Debate schedule here.  As our nation prepares for the upcoming presidential election, let us think back to electoral ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles October has to be the perfect month for curling up with a good novel, and there are plenty of new titles to choose from. Brit Bennett’s debut The Mothers has been generating lots of buzz; her tale of love and its fallout in a tight-knit black Southern California community hits shelves October 11. Sticking with Los Angeles, author Joe Ide assigns his unconventional PI the cases the LAPD refuse to touch (and with good reason) in his debut novel IQ. MPL favorite Maria Semple ( ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Morgan Yancy leads a dangerous life as a team leader in a paramilitary super-secret group is back in DC for a little rest and relaxation after the latest mission.  So, he is not expecting to be shot outside his condo or to be in a hospital fighting for his life. Isabeau (Bo) Maran has finally established a life she loves in a small town in West Virginia with a part-time administrative job as the chief of police which allows her the time to restructure her life after her last job went up in ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 13, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

I'm not sure where I heard this one mentioned, but as soon as I did I knew I had to read it. The title alone, Just One Damned Thing After Another, was enough to suck me in. And the introduction of the historical research department at St. Mary's was as funny, adventurous and delightful as the title suggests. Professor Maxwell has just lost her funding for her archaelogical work, so when a former teacher (who had a major impact on her life) suggests she apply for a researcher position ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Imagine a precocious young Cleopatra sneaking away from her royal tutor to hang with her pal amidst the Egyptian pyramids. She's having a great time playing hooky when she unexpectedly gets teleported to a future time where she's considered to be the savior of the galaxy. Her education now includes combat training and stun gun target practice and her assignments require flying secret missions on a Sphinx hover craft.  The world building in this series is AWESOME. The instructors at Yasiro ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 9, 2016 | 0 comments
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A review of The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales by H. P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft's The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales have had a profound influence on horror throughout the 21st century. Even if many haven’t read the stories almost anyone you ask will still know who he is just though cultural osmosis. From "The Nameless City" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", references to his stories have appeared in all manner of fiction throughout the ages. This collection in my opinion has all the essentials needed to become a true Lovecraft fan. While not all his ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
September 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays

Imagine never hearing the words “But soft what light through yonder window breaks?” or “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Or no performances of Hamlet by Edwin Thomas Booth, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, or any of the other famous Shakespearean plays and actors because there were no surviving plays, sonnets, and writings of any kind by the man named William Shakespeare. It almost happened, and more than once. Andrea May’s informative book takes the reader ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 6, 2016 | 0 comments
Reading List for Fans I’m not usually a big fan of TV series, but "Stranger Things" hooked me and wouldn’t let go. It was a time-bending, mind-bending roller-coaster fun ride. Around mid series I found myself wanting to reread Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. If you haven’t yet seen the summer hit, or just can’t wait for Season 2, consider checking out a few of these titles with a "Stranger Things" vibe.  ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
August 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Are you looking for a page-turner? Let's talk about Mary Kubica! The main characters in her books are seemingly normal women with severe emotional scars (or festering, open wounds) whose lives intersect in mysterious and often criminal ways, with other seriously damaged folks. It's riveting stuff. The settings are routine, yet chilling, so you won't get too comfortable.  And just look at those covers! All of her novels start in Chicago and then move ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 29, 2016 | 0 comments
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