Summer Reading Club It's the end of our fourth week of the Summer Reading Club and we have 419 books that have been read and logged from our online participants. Great job everyone.  pixie3 laughed out loud at Let's Pretend This Never Happened  "In each chapter, Jenny Lawson tells her personal anecdotes of growing up with her excentric father more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle

“Are you ready for a story? Me too.” Thus begins this hilarious romp through the jungle (and caves and oceans and islands) as we try to run from a tiger that keeps showing up in the least likely places. Each time we think we’re safe, a more careful look at our surroundings reveals... a tiger! Is he chasing us down in order to devour us? Or does this resourceful feline have other motivations? The bright colors and bold black outlines of the illustrations highlight the sense of cartoonish humor more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 27, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich

Though she’s been an out and proud atheist for many years, Barbara Ehrenreich, the rationalist, feminist, trained as a scientist, social critic, and writer, has actually been a secret seeker all along. While going through her papers in midlife, and coinciding with a cancer diagnosis, she discovered her girlhood journal, and in it a challenge to her future self: What have you learned since you wrote this? This book is the answer. Her parents and grandparents were fervent atheists, so when as a more

Reviewed by Amy - Lakeview on
June 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means

Jack and Jane meet cute when Jane falls off her skateboard and hurts her coccyx. Jack works at a soup stand near where Jane falls and offers her a cold bottle of ice tea to soothe her injury. Awwww! Isn't that sweet?  Their romance starts off with some nice dates and Jack and Jane seem destined for awesome couple hood. That is, until one of Jane's friends sees Jack and Jane together and fills her in on the Network - a text/cell/web chain of single women in the Portland-like city where the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Friends by Mies van Hout

It never ceases to amaze me -- what picture book authors and illustrators can do with just a few simple words and pictures. In Friends, by Mies van Hout, bright and engaging chalk illustrations with one word depict the many joys and hardships of friendship. From playing together, to crying together, and even teasing each other, little creatures perfectly embody a child's experiences being a friend. more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 20, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Let’s Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson

Celine Dion is an international superstar. Many music listeners are devoted fans of her powerhouse ballads, while others display intense hatred toward her overemotional warbling. Music critic Carl Wilson, finding himself in the “dislike” column of all things Celine, decided to approach her music with an open mind. The resulting book, Let’s Talk about Love, considers the social and cultural influences that make up Dion’s music, persona, and fanbase within the context of her 1997 album, more

Reviewed by Laura S on
June 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Jinx. Little Jinx Grows Up. by J. Torres

Reading Archie Comics was a huge part of my childhood summers and I'm still a loyal fan. What a delight it was for me to discover that the Archie character Li'l Jinx was being reintroduced as a modern-day high school student! Jinx was a precocious kid introduced in 1947 with a red dress, yellow pigtails, a love for Little League and an ever-present dad. Now a teen, Jinx wears a red shirt, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 18, 2014 | 0 comments
Donna Tartt's Titles A Donna Tartt book is not an impulse-pick; you really have to commit and see it all the way through.  Her novels are long and dense and dark.  But they are also fantastic. Tartt has a way of plunging you completely, hopelessly, into the worlds she constructs.  I just finished the third Tartt novel, more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 17, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of Open Net: The Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey by George Plimpton

The late great journalist George Plimpton was well-known for his antics taking on various high (or low) profile occupations, usually to the detriment of his physical self, and the delight of his readers. Along with stints as a professional golfer (The Bogey Man), would-be trapeze artist or his most famous role as a third string quarterback for the Detroit Lions (Paper Lion more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

If you and your little ones love books, Open This Little Book is the perfect choice. It's a story within a story, a book within a book -- and it's all a lot of fun! Madison native, Jesse Klausmeier, along with illustrator-extraordinaire Suzy Lee, have created an imaginative and exciting picture book that will have your kids asking to read it again and again (really -- my three year old had to read it four times in a row the first day we brought it home from the library). But what's more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 13, 2014 | 1 comment
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