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A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is bad enough. But for Cath, freshman year has brought on an unparalleled amount of anxiety. Between her twin sister becoming a person she doesn’t know, to a completely-bewildering roommate and her roommate's charming -- and cute! -- boyfriend, as well as worrying about her manic father and her estranged mother, her freshman year has more obstacles than she knows how to handle.Her only escape is the magical world of Simon Snow, an eight-book saga that is awaiting its ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Top 10 Historical Fiction Novels Do you like reading novels about the past? Then check out Booklist's Top 10 Historical Fiction: 2014. I really enjoyed Amy Tan's novel  about early 20th Century Shanghai and highly recommmend it. Have you read any on the list? Are there any titles you would add?   ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami

Guess what?!? Garfield is going to be 36 years old! And he's still a star. Garfield Souped Up: His 57th Book was published earlier this year and I'm sure there's more Jon, Odie and lasagna in store for us in the future. Don't get me wrong, Garfield is still my gold standard of cat comedy, but I'd like to take a little time to introduce you to (or remind you of) some newer, more global kitties. Two of these felines ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 8, 2014 | 0 comments
New Mysteries I've read a couple of mysteries and some romance galleys.  Of the mysteries I read, first was Ann CleevesDead Water: A Shetland Mystery. It is the latest in her Shetland Islands mysteries. This well-written series has engaging characters, local color, well-described settings. After the last book, I ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 7, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub

Young Zeus and his buddies are standing by the sludgiest, stinkiest river in the world when boiling hot steam suddenly blasts their behinds--"Yeowch!" To find the Helm of Darkness, our heroes will have to win their way past talking skeletons, crockydeads and a three-headed dog. Wait a minute, what is a Helm of Darkness anyway? And why did Poseidon suddenly forget that he has a right foot AND a left foot? Oh brother, this quest is not going to be easy! Lots of action and plenty of puns make ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 4, 2014 | 0 comments
Nevada Barr Event Join other mystery and book club enthusiasts and bestselling author Nevada Barr for the biggest book club ever! This free event begins on April 24th at 6 pm with library facilitated book discussions of The Rope by Nevada Barr. At 7:30, Nevada Barr will give a brief reading followed by a question and answer session using questions identified in book group discussions. Books will be sold at the event and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
April 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

It sounds absolutely ludicrous to say that a book about finding work as a nanny in Australia for a family that just lost its mother to cancer is sweet and funny, but here it goes. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan is sweet and funny. I can't get enough of Kelly Corrigan. She's strong, she's honest and true. The way she is able to get to the heart of any situation and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 1, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox has written an enthralling book about the decipherment of Linear B taking place over half a century from the discovery of the tablets to the conclusion by Michael Ventris in 1952. She starts with a 1900 excavation in Crete by Sir Arthur Evans. Her book looks at both Evans and Ventris but really seeks to give credit to the unsung scholar, Alice Kober, whose work paved the way for the inspired conclusion in 1952. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 31, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble is the best kind of historical fiction. It tells the story of a real event, the 1854 London cholera outbreak, through the eyes of a fictional thirteen year old boy, Eel. Eel is a likable protagonist with a secret and a story of his own. He is a mudlark, sifting through the muck of the Thames river for things to sell. He supplements his income by doing odd jobs around his neighborhood and beyond. One of those jobs is cleaning the animal cages of the great Dr. John Snow ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 28, 2014 | 3 comments
A review of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue truly broke out, literarily speaking, with her contemporary psychological thriller, Room which came out a few years ago. But the novel that first got her real critical notice was her historical novel, ...read more

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