A review of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio by Andrea Mays

Imagine never hearing the words “But soft what light through yonder window breaks?” or “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Or no performances of Hamlet by Edwin Thomas Booth, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, or any of the other famous Shakespearean plays and actors because there were no surviving plays, sonnets, and writings of any kind by the man named William Shakespeare. It almost happened, and more than once. Andrea May’s informative book takes the reader more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 6, 2016 | 0 comments
Reading List for Fans I’m not usually a big fan of TV series, but "Stranger Things" hooked me and wouldn’t let go. It was a time-bending, mind-bending roller-coaster fun ride. Around mid series I found myself wanting to reread Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. If you haven’t yet seen the summer hit, or just can’t wait for Season 2, consider checking out a few of these titles with a "Stranger Things" vibe. more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
August 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Are you looking for a page-turner? Let's talk about Mary Kubica! The main characters in her books are seemingly normal women with severe emotional scars (or festering, open wounds) whose lives intersect in mysterious and often criminal ways, with other seriously damaged folks. It's riveting stuff. The settings are routine, yet chilling, so you won't get too comfortable.  And just look at those covers! All of her novels start in Chicago and then move more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Spot the Cat by Henry Cole

Spot is a cat with a large spot on his back. When Spot sees a bird outside, he leaps out of the apartment window to chase it. Follow his adventures (and the boy who's looking for him) in this wordless picture book. Let's see if you can spot the boy and Spot, the cat, on the intricately-detailed pages. This is a great book for fans of the "Can You See What I See" books by Walter Wick, "I Spy" book series, "Where's Waldo" series, and other picture puzzles. more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli by Lisa Abend

I am not a foodie reader. I haven't read Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton. If I've read anything about the preparation of food, like Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone, it's because my book group was more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

It’s 1929 in NYC, and Martha O’Doyle is convinced there is nothing worse than school. When she gets on her teacher’s last nerve and is expelled, she goes to work with her mother as a maid in a wealthy newspaper magnate’s posh home. Turns out she was wrong. It doesn’t take long for Martha to find some intrigue between all the washing and cleaning and potato peeling. It turns out the master of the house’s wife, Rose, is a recluse. She hasn’t left her bedroom in years. The word around the house, more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls by Emma Cline

This was the starting line of a conversation I was having with a friend at our kids' tee ball game and after my friend responded with "I love Charles Manson-style cults!" there was complete silence across the sidelines. And then someone said, "Oh, you must be talking about books." Oops! Yes! Occupational hazard! But really, how do you feel about Charles Manson-style cults? Because The Girls is a book that I have been recommending to everyone this summer. It is serious, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Guy presents Bats by Tedd Arnold

For fans of Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series, the author has now come out with a series of high-interest non-fiction books.  Bats is filled with some great, general information about bats, lots of quality photographs of different species of bats, and some fast facts about particular species of bats.  This is all wrapped up in a Beginning Reader format which will be great for kids who have experience sounding out words or as a read-with experience with a favorite adult, as the book more

Reviewed by Karen on
August 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

My mystery reading lately has been hit or miss and what I'm finding is that most of the hits have been historical mysteries. One of those is the first in a new series from Darcie Wilde (more known for her historical romances) featuring Rosalind Thorne. Rosalind is the daughter of a baronet who was nearly ruined when her father made some horrendous financial decisions and abandonded his family. Rosalind survives on the fringes of society by working as a bit of a fixer. Have a daughter who needs more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles It’s said that good things come in threes, and this September demonstrates that old adage perfectly.  Biographies and Memoirs: Bruce Springsteen’s eagerly anticipated Born to Run hits shelves late in the month, fellow musician Mike Love recalls Good Vibrations as a Beach Boy and the author Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery) finally gets the full biographical treatment with Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.  Graphic more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 16, 2016 | 0 comments
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