A review of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Who knows about vaudeville? Any specialists out there? I knew very little about vaudeville before reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters and it's a fascinating part of American cultural history. Vaudeville was a type of entertainment that was popular in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and shows consisted of individual performances or acts by comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and sometimes trained animals. Cinematic films were new, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

In Amsterdam, in 1943, Hanneke spends her days delivering illicit goods for her black market boss.  She’s learned that practicality must sometimes override morality during war.  When a client asks her to find the Jewish teenager she had been hiding, Hanneke doesn’t want to get involved, but guilt over her boyfriend’s death compels her to help.  Teaming up with her boyfriend’s brother, she sets out find the girl, eventually becoming involved in the Dutch resistance.  The more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has a way with the English language. I have devoured all her works of fiction, including The Namesake and The Lowland. Turns out Lahiri has a way with the Italian language as well. In Other Words is her first work of nonfiction, a memoir, written in Italian after Lahiri immersed herself in the language by moving to Italy with her family and reading and writing solely in Italian. The book features English and Italian back to more

Reviewed by Mary F - Central on
March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles April will soon be here, and with it comes a nice flowering of anticipated titles. Thriller fans and mystery fans always have a generous pick of hot titles and April is no different. This month brings new works from favorites Sarah Paretsky, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline and Jeffrey Deaver, as well as new whodunits from Anne Cleeve, Ann Ross and Susan Albert Wittig. Fans of literary fiction will see the return of Pulitzer-winning Elizabeth Strout with Anything Is Possible, a more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Novellas aren't usually my thing. Not because I think they can't be good - but because they may be exactly that. I like to dive in and submerse myself in a book and when a novella is good, the primary feeling I have as I finish is of wanting more. Occasionally I do find the story that is perfectly suited to the novella form. I find an author who has such nice control of his plot and characters that the shorter length works wonderfully. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2017 | 2 comments
A review of What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

A beautiful book that introduces numbers and counting. The illustrations are lush and uncluttered and the rhyming scheme of the text flows wonderfully. It includes some vocabulary that very young children probably haven't encountered yet, which is always a good thing. more

Reviewed by Janelle on
March 17, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Reviewed by Jane J on
March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, runs from March 16th-30th, 2017. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous Big Library Read titles include more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

When seventh-grader Stef Soto and one of her best friends win tickets to a concert, she tries to prove to her parents that she’s old and responsible enough to go. Her parents are apprehensive about it and more importantly, need help with running the family business, a taco truck named Tía Perla. Amongst juggling friendships, the frustrations of growing up with overprotective parents yet loving them unconditionally, and standing up for what she believes in, Stef has to find her balance and stick more

Reviewed by Jody on
March 10, 2017 | 0 comments
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