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A review of Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her “An American Heiress in London" series with Catch a Falling Heiress. It starts with a group of friends who plot to ruin a man. Stuart, the Duke of Margrave (his story is in How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days), has called his friends together to ask them to hem him ruin an ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creature Features by Steve Jenkins

Some animals are cute and cuddly, some are ferocious and scary, and some are just plain weird.  In this book, 25 animals explain some of their stranger features.  They might look odd to us, but those features are important to the animal’s survival.  So, why is a giraffe’s tongue purple?  Why is the Egyptian vulture’s face bald?  I’ll let them tell you! ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Moomin and the Golden Tail by Jansson Tove

Though this is a children’s book and a graphic novel, two categories I’m not normally too familiar with, I can recommend this book for readers of all ages. The illustrations are simple, but engaging, and the story can be appreciated on several different levels. There is a series of Swedish comics and graphic novels about the Moomins, a hippo-esque clan that teaches us about life through endearing capers. In this one, we learn about what happens when the thinning of tail hairs results in the ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

It’s become more popular of late to take historical figures and reimagine their lives with a fictional treatment. Hilary Mantel’s excellent Wolf Hall, Paula McCann’s bestseller The Paris Wife and Therese Fowler’s Z: A Novel ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber

I just finished reading the first three books in Anna Lee Huber's mystery series featuring Lady Darby and each book got better then the last. The series is set in 1830s Scotland and The Anatomist's Wife introduces the widowed Lady Darby. Lady Darby has been hiding out at the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Scotland since the death of her husband. Her husband was a physician and an anatomist, but he did not have the talent to draw the bodies he dissected. After his death ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 13, 2015 | 0 comments
Safe Dog Stories I’m a sucker for dogs. I love the memories of my first dog that I lost to cancer in the spring of 2013. I love our hound mix who barks way too much. I love our new dog even as she wraps her paws around my shoulders and smears her tongue all over my face and neck for “hugs and kisses.”  But whenever I read a dog book, I know I have to brace myself for the inevitable ending of the book in which the wonderful dog I have gotten to know on paper dies. It’s easy to come up with a list of dog ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
March 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

This is a sensitive graphic novel about the implications of online economics specifically related to gaming. Many of the massively-multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft and Minecraft incorporate resource mining. This can be for anything from gems to tools to people. The main character of this book, Anda, plays a game called Coarsegold Online and discovers that one of her gamer friends is illegally mining gold. This changes the way Anda plays and her overall ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sparky! by Jenny Offill

A bird? A bunny? A trained seal? A young girl wants the perfect pet . . . however, her mother says no to all of these ideas. In fact, she says no to any pet that needs to be “walked or bathed or fed”. What’s a girl to do? Do research, find a pet that fits those criteria, and mail order one – of course! In Sparky! by Jenny Offill (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014) the mail ordered pet turns out to be a sloth. A hang-from-the-tree, do-not-much-of-anything, except-if-it’s-really-really-slowly, kind ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
March 6, 2015 | 0 comments
Domestic Thrillers Gone Girl was a huge success, both as a book and a movie, and that success means one thing. It means that publishers have become determined to find that next breakout hit. And that push has spawned a sub-genre. Let's call them Domestic Thrillers. The underlying theme to the genre is the knowledge that everyone has secrets (big and small) and that sometimes what you don't know about the person who is closest to you might get you killed. A book that's been getting a lot of buzz ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 5, 2015 | 0 comments
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