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Crime Fiction Every year Booklist picks their favorite top 10 crime novels published between May of last year and April of the current year. They also included their top crime novel debuts. Have you read any? I'm a big Louise Penny fan, so I really enjoyed How the Light Gets In ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of OverDrive Big Library Read: A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson

OverDrive is thrilled to announce the next Big Library Read - a cozy mystery for readers to kick off the summer just right: A Pedigree to Die For, Melanie Travis Mystery Series, Book 1 by Laurien Berenson. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Pedigree to Die For for community-wide access from ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 3, 2014 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Begins Summer Reading for all ages begins today. The library’s Summer Reading Clubs are free, city-wide programs that encourage children and teens (adults too) to “fill in the blanks” by pursuing their individual reading choices and interests.  Students can lose more than two months of reading achievement over summer vacation. Don’t forget about the easiest activity your children can do to help combat summer learning loss: reading! By continuing to read over the summer, children maintain their ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off! by Nate Ball

We here at Madison Public Library are gearing up for our Summer Reading Club. The theme this year is: Fizz, Boom, Read! And what better way to start our summer of science than with this funny and smart book about a boy and the alien who crash lands into his bedroom. Zack McGee, a 4th grader, starts to fall asleep one night while studying his science homework. Before going to bed, he notices what looks like a falling star. After he makes his wish, he opens his eyes and realizes it’s ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
May 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble

I was excited to find out that Kate Noble has a new novel coming out this summer. She is one of my favorite romance writers. Her Regency romances are well-written, have realistic characters and enjoyably complex story lines. The Game and the Governess is no exception. It is about a bored earl and an astute governess who learn that life is not a game. In fact, after finishing the book I discovered that ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I think of B.J. Novak first and foremost as Ryan Howard, the character he played for eight years on The Office. The real B.J. Novak is a wunderkind stand-up comedian, comedy television writer and, now, short story writer. I'm a big fan of comedy essay-memoirs like those written by Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling and Jim Gaffigan and thought this might be similar in vein but it's not. It ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers This charming new release, from the well-respected Toon graphic novel series, celebrates the joys of the rainy day. Clemmie and her big sister have big plans for a Saturday picnic, but when a rainstorm shows up, Clemmie's big sister tries to convince her that getting wet can be just as much fun. Worms, puddles and rainbows are the new agenda, and Clemmie is not so sure it has changed for the better. These sweet sisters share many touching moments that make this early reader a perfect ...read more May 23, 2014 | 0 comments
World War II Mysteries I read about War mysteries in the March 31, 2014, Publishers Weekly article, "Where One Death Is a Crime (But a Thousand Is a Statistic)". The author highlights a number of mystery series. Some are set during the war and some are set after the war. All deal with the effects ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 21, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran

Olivia Mather has a rather large problem. Her father, Bertram, is trying to kill her. And the only way she can think of to stop him is to obtain blackmail information being held by Alastair de Grey, the Duke of Marwick. The problem with this rather simple plan is the fact that the Duke has retreated to his chambers (where the documents are stashed) and he hasn't left those rooms since the scandalous death of his wife and the revelation that she had not only cheated on him, but had also plotted ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 20, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Russians: The People Behind the Power by Gregory Feifer

It's been just over two decades, or one generation, since the Soviet Union crumbled into chaos and the new Russia emerged onto the world scene. It marked a period of great hope that the world's largest nation would finally embrace democracy after centuries under autocratic rule. Yet as anyone who has watched the news recently might be hard pressed to differentiate between the USSR of yore and Vladimir Putin's Russia of today. Again at the forefront of American foreign policy in fights over ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 19, 2014 | 2 comments
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