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A review of Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

I appreciate it when people share their personal stories. Stories can help us all in this journey called life. Courtesy of my co-worker Jane, I got to read the galley of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's new book Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again. The popular actress tells the story of her mother's diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare form of dementia, and how she ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 22, 2016 | 0 comments
Latest from a Prolific Author Nora Roberts is a phenomenon. There's just no other way to describe an author who passed 200 published books in 2012 and has since written probably a dozen or so more. And these are books written by Nora Roberts (and her pseudonym JD Robb), not books co-written in an author factory as we see with James Patterson. She writes ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 17, 2016 | 2 comments
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Forthcoming April Titles There’s another reason to look forward to April this year as past prize winners release new titles. Two-time Newberry winner Kate DiCamillo considers friendship and beauty contests in her middle-grade novel Raymie Nightingale. Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery in 2015 with The Crossover, mixes soccer, bullying and middle school in his verse novel ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of American Sniper by Chris Kyle for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

With a dad in jail and her mom AWOL, Lucille Bennett’s problems are as followed: she’s left with taking care of the house and raising her adoring little sister, Wren. Fearful of social workers that may split the sisters apart, Lucille covers for her mother’s disappearance by dodging questions by curious neighbors. She’s also forced to get a job to pay the bills, all while trying to scrape by her last year of high school. To make matters worse, she’s nearly-irrationally in love with her best ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Anticipated 2016 Mysteries ​For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my spring 2016 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend?Tundra Kill: A Novel by Stan Jones [2/1]character: policeman Nathan Activesetting: Alaska ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles by Jon Wilkman

There are a few disastrous events that will likely always be remembered: the Titanic sinking, the great San Francisco earthquake, Hurricane Katrina. But there are a few disasters that many would just as soon forget, either because of the painful memories provoked or because recalling past mistakes threatens an otherwise rosy future. This is the case, historian Jon Wilkman argues, with one of the worst man-made calamities of the early twentieth century, the failure of California’s ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 9, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton

Did you know that Dolly Parton is referred to as the book lady? She has created an exceptional program called the Imagination Library in conjunction with her Dollywood Foundation that provides books to young children. She wants to foster a love of reading in preschool children in honor of her father, who wasn't able to read and write. This inspired Dolly to not let it happen to others, so she established a program that delivers high quality books ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Enraptured by Candace Camp

Candace Camp concludes her The Secret of the Loch series, with Enraptured, an emotion-packed, sensual story of two strong-willed, stubborn people who hunt for treasure but find love along the way. This historical romance is set in the Scottish Highlands.   Lady Violet Thornhill is making her way to the ruins discovered by the Earl of Mardoun (for his story read ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of HiLo: the boy who crashed to Earth, vol. 1 by Judd Winick

D.J.'s family is full of over-achievers and the only thing that D.J. has ever excelled at is being friends with his next-door neighbor, Gina.  And then Gina moves away. So when HiLo literally drops out of the sky and needs a friend to introduce him to the ways of Earth, D.J. eagerly takes on the challenge. HiLo is impressed by everything (rice!  milk!  burping!) and is a little odd, so D.J. is reluctant to introduce HiLo to his family. Filled with literally laugh-out-loud moments ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 4, 2016 | 0 comments
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