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A review of Swing Time by Zadie Smith

After I finished Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, I went down a wormhole of Youtube dance videos. Fred Astaire’s dance in black face in the film of the same title is referred to several times in the novel, as well as the performances of Michael Jackson, the Nicholas Brothers, and the relatively unknown African American dancer, Jeni LeGon. Those dancers are awesome! The narrator (never named) of Swing Time, introduces her best friend Tracey to Jeni. The narrator and Tracey meet as ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 8, 2017 | 0 comments
Book-to-Film Adaptations Do you like reading the book before seeing the movie? Or do you need to reread your favorite book before the movie comes out? Then check out Publishers Weekly's "The 11 Most Anticipagted Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2017".   11. The Dinner (May 5)   The Dinner: ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Hamilton: The Revolution: Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Never in a million years did I think I would see a play, a screenplay and a libretto hit the bestseller list in one year. It's a performing arts miracle for the publishing industry and I'm hoping a new trend in reading interests. J.K. Rowling shot to the top of the charts in 2016 with the special rehearsal edition of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kimono: The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion edited by Anna Jackson

The kimono is one of the images that springs to mind when thinking of Japanese culture. Its blunt tee shape has changed little over the centuries, and the seamless nature of its construction has provided an irresistible canvas for generations of designers, dyers and weavers to showcase their artistry, and allowed wearers to showcase their wealth, status and personality. Kimono: The Art and Evolution of ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Digital Collections Patron Survey Wisconsin's Digital Library needs your input to improve! You can help guide WPLC as they continue to grow and develop the digital library so it is most relevant and useful to all of you. Visit the digital library and click the survey link at the top of the page, or click here. Brought to you by your library and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida

Most of the reviewers of Vendela Vida’s Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty mention how it is written in the second person, but none of them made the connection with the poem by Rumi with a similar name. It’s quoted in the book.  I’ll copy a few lines here: The Diver’s Clothes Lying EmptyYou’re sitting here with us, but you’re also out walkingin a field at dawn. You are yourselfthe animal we hunt when you come with us on the hunt. The poem’s alternate identities echo the theme of ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 1, 2017 | 0 comments
Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction ​Are you a nonfiction reader who is looking for something different to read? Then check out Booklist's Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The William C Morris Award is granted every year to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. The finalists are usually announced in December, and the list is consistantly spectacular, and a good place to look for some of the best writing in YA Literature. This year the Morris Award went to Jeff Zentner's smart and complex The Serpent King,  the story of three misfits finishing out their senior year in a small southern town. The group is led by Dill, the son ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant

“Helen Keller compared (Louis) Braille to Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. Before Gutenberg literacy (reading and writing) belonged to a select few. Millions of people were for the most part left out. But then came the printing press and suddenly everyone had access to books… The same is true for Louis’ invention: before Braille the blind were shut off from reading and writing. The Braille system changed all that.” Six Dots, winner of the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 27, 2017 | 0 comments
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Newbery Winner and Honors This year's Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children went to The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill. A rich fantasy story with deep fairytale vibes, it's the story of a village that leaves one of their children in the woods each year as a sacrifice to a misunderstood witch, the witch that nurtures them and finds them homes, and what happens when one of those ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
January 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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