A review of Let’s Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson

Celine Dion is an international superstar. Many music listeners are devoted fans of her powerhouse ballads, while others display intense hatred toward her overemotional warbling. Music critic Carl Wilson, finding himself in the “dislike” column of all things Celine, decided to approach her music with an open mind. The resulting book, Let’s Talk about Love, considers the social and cultural influences that make up Dion’s music, persona, and fanbase within the context of her 1997 album, more

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June 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jinx. Little Jinx Grows Up. by J. Torres

Reading Archie Comics was a huge part of my childhood summers and I'm still a loyal fan. What a delight it was for me to discover that the Archie character Li'l Jinx was being reintroduced as a modern-day high school student! Jinx was a precocious kid introduced in 1947 with a red dress, yellow pigtails, a love for Little League and an ever-present dad. Now a teen, Jinx wears a red shirt, more

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June 18, 2014 | 0 comments
Donna Tartt's Titles A Donna Tartt book is not an impulse-pick; you really have to commit and see it all the way through.  Her novels are long and dense and dark.  But they are also fantastic. Tartt has a way of plunging you completely, hopelessly, into the worlds she constructs.  I just finished the third Tartt novel, more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 17, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of Open Net: The Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey by George Plimpton

The late great journalist George Plimpton was well-known for his antics taking on various high (or low) profile occupations, usually to the detriment of his physical self, and the delight of his readers. Along with stints as a professional golfer (The Bogey Man), would-be trapeze artist or his most famous role as a third string quarterback for the Detroit Lions (Paper Lion more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

If you and your little ones love books, Open This Little Book is the perfect choice. It's a story within a story, a book within a book -- and it's all a lot of fun! Madison native, Jesse Klausmeier, along with illustrator-extraordinaire Suzy Lee, have created an imaginative and exciting picture book that will have your kids asking to read it again and again (really -- my three year old had to read it four times in a row the first day we brought it home from the library). But what's more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 13, 2014 | 1 comment
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Summer Reading Club The Library's Summer Reading Club has been going for a little more then a week and we've already had 134 books logged online. What makes SRC so great is that the whole family can participate. And you can do so in person by filling out a registration card at your local library or online as these readers are.  Here's a sampling of what's already more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 12, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood

Are you familiar with the children's book series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place? If not, and you enjoy anything even remotely Lemony Snicket-y or Edward Gorey-esque and are ready for a more subtle, yet intoxicating humor, please allow me to introduce you. These books are charming and clever and appealing to a wide range of readers, regardless of age.  And there are now four books in the series to enjoy. To get you up-to-speed: The stories are set in Victorian England more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Normandy Invasion Books The last original Navajo Code Talker just died, so as more and more World War II vets die, it is important to remember what happened all those years ago. Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France, began on June 6, 1944.  D-day led to the liberation of Northern France and eventually to the end of the Nazi regime when the Allies met up with the Russians.  Below are some old and new books on D-day.  There are many others in LINKcat under the subject: : more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The world has gone to hell. The environment has collapsed, as has the economy. World-wide, all governments have fallen to the martial law of the Reestablishment, which is run by a single Supreme Commander. The globe is divided into numbered sectors, each with a ruthless leader, all resources are seized, all citizens mercilessly catalogued and controlled.  At the same time, the changes in the environment have caused super-human adaptations, and a set of gifted people and their families have more

Reviewed by Erinn - Alicia Ashman on
June 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth

Just in time for our science-themed Summer Reading Club comes this amazingly beautiful non-fiction gem. Parrots Over Puerto Rico tells the history of both the island of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot. With rich back matter explaining the efforts made to save the Puerto Rican parrot, including photographs of the birds and scientists, this is a great choice for a wide variety of interest levels. And, you can't miss the more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 6, 2014 | 0 comments
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