A review of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel’s mother and grandmother both died in Hurricane Katrina, and Laurel doesn't want to deal with her pain. She has left behind her father and younger brother and ends up on the streets using the highly addictive drug, meth. Along the way we meet Moses, an artist that has taken it upon himself to paint murals of teens that have lost their battle with meth. Needless to say, he is always painting murals. He knows Laurel and is sure that he will soon be painting a picture of her. Fortunately more

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March 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Humans by Matt Haig

His assignment is to take the place of Professor Andrew Martin, a professor at Cambridge University. Martin has solved a long standing mathematical problem, the Riemann hypothesis and in doing so, he could change not only the fate of Earth but that of the universe. He, it turns out, is not from Earth, but is a member of a hive-based culture many light years away, who has assumed the now deceased Andrew Martin's form. How far the information on the solution has spread will determine who else more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Books for Fans of the Show True Detective As a watcher of HBO's TV series True Detective, the following article caught my eye: "A “True Detective” Reading List". According to that author this is "a list of dark, weird, and southern gothic books that every fan of HBO’s True Detective should read." If you are a fan, have you read any of the below more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2014 | 0 comments
Always Be a Unicorn
A review of Always Be a Unicorn by Helen Austin

If the Ditty Bops ever start looking for a third band member, Helen Austin would be perfect for the job. Like their music, hers is twinkly-smooth and happy, even the slow songs. Her lyrics are delightfully whimsical (the title song quips, “Always be yourself/but if you can be a unicorn/always be a unicorn”) and the tunes are so catchy you’ll easily begin to sing along, even on the first or second time hearing the album. And yet, despite their apparent simplicity, the songs stay fresh even after more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 7, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Don't Talk To Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams

This third in the Keye Street series by Amanda Kyle Williams is her best yet.  Keye is an investigator/consultant running her own office in Atlanta. She does a little bit of everything; including background checks, catching bail jumpers, and because of her former job as an FBI profiler, sometimes consulting with local police when a serial killer may be working. The most recent more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The War within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki and A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly

It's been more than 20 years since the graphic novel and Holocaust memoir Maus was published and more than 30 years since its first chapter appeared in the comics anthology Raw. Since that time, general readership and library collections of graphic novels have more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lucy by Ellen Feldman

A member of one of my book groups suggested that we read a slim novel she had read about Lucy Mercer, the "other woman" in FDR's marriage. We did so, with the proviso that we also then wanted to read a non-fiction book that covered at least some of the same time or people. Lucy by Ellen Feldman is a slim book told from Lucy's viewpoint, taking place primarily prior World War I more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Wants Mama by Nancy Loewen

Everyone in the family, from Baby to Mama to Pup, wants something at dinnertime in this sweet, simple story. Short sentences and a relatable situation make this a perfect read aloud for toddlers who need quick reads, and the repetition and rhyme makes it a good choice for beginning readers, as well. Baby wants Mama -- and a good book, too! more

Reviewed by Krissy on
February 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

A while back I reviewed Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie - a science fiction book that was getting almost universal praise (including mine) for its ambitious world-building and clever examination of gender and identity - and now I've found a fantasy novel that is equally ambitious and successfully so. The titular more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 27, 2014 | 0 comments
Our Winter Reading I was looking at my recent reads trying to decide what book to talk about here and when I got a little stumped I decided to ask my co-workers about their reading instead. With this never-ending winter it seems we've been doing a fair amount of reading. Tina just started a graphic novel about dinosaurs called, Dinosaurs: In the Beginning which she says is pretty AWESOME. She's also been consulting more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 26, 2014 | 0 comments
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