A review of Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

Photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson has captured something so specific and mesmerizing that I feel compelled to spread the word. She photographs dogs and puppies mid-shake. This is all jowls and ears and spittle and fur. All paws and playful cuteness. All feel-good. I mean, look at the bull dog puppy on this cover. Just loooook at hiiimmmmm. This is some earnest stuff. With an important dose of awareness. Shake Puppies is the follow-up to the bestselling more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015 | 3 comments
A review of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Vivian Maier

If you haven’t seen the photography of Vivian Maier, take the time to check out one of the compilations of her work. My favorite so far has been Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. It’s a compilation of many of her photographs, interspersed with mini-biographical vignettes describing the times and places in her life where she took the photos. I first learned about Vivian Maier from the documentary movie more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent Reads I've been reading across the genres lately and have found some great reads for spring. First up is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (best known for their fashion, pop culture, and royal watch blogging as the Fuggirls). Their re-imagining of the Kate and William romance is "part fairy tale, part cautionary tale" ( more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Ask anyone about a notorious shipwreck, and they will more than likely respond with the Titanic disaster of 1912. Yet a mere three years later, another grand ocean liner met an equally disastrous fate, the repercussions of which would be felt far beyond those immediately involved. May 7th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, the giant Cunard liner that many felt could not, would not fall victim to Germany’s submarine warfare against British more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

As a huge fan of historical fiction and someone who also appreciates a good horror flick, I'd be lying if I said the title of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender wasn't the deal-maker when it came time to choose a new read. I assumed the novel might take place around the French Revolution; however, it's actually a modern-day tale. Our narrator, Colette, is your typical teenage girl attending a private school in Ohio on scholarship: balancing complicated family more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended History Do you like to read about another time or another place?  Then check out some of the new history books from a new upcoming library booklist--History Books, Recommended in 2014.  Or you can even subscribe to the Library Insider Newsletter History, which comes out every other month. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 26, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

This fiction debut sings. Literally. Much of the action takes place in a Philadelphia jazz club called The Cat's Pajamas and one of the main characters is a nine-year-old girl named Madeleine Altimari whose dream is to sing on stage. Madeleine has the kind of mouth on her that sings like an angel and swears like a sailor and this makes for a very entertaining novel.  There are several revolving and related storylines that involve Madeleine, her teacher, the school principal and the owner more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her “An American Heiress in London" series with Catch a Falling Heiress. It starts with a group of friends who plot to ruin a man. Stuart, the Duke of Margrave (his story is in How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days), has called his friends together to ask them to hem him ruin an more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creature Features by Steve Jenkins

Some animals are cute and cuddly, some are ferocious and scary, and some are just plain weird.  In this book, 25 animals explain some of their stranger features.  They might look odd to us, but those features are important to the animal’s survival.  So, why is a giraffe’s tongue purple?  Why is the Egyptian vulture’s face bald?  I’ll let them tell you! more

Reviewed by Jill O on
March 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Moomin and the Golden Tail by Jansson Tove

Though this is a children’s book and a graphic novel, two categories I’m not normally too familiar with, I can recommend this book for readers of all ages. The illustrations are simple, but engaging, and the story can be appreciated on several different levels. There is a series of Swedish comics and graphic novels about the Moomins, a hippo-esque clan that teaches us about life through endearing capers. In this one, we learn about what happens when the thinning of tail hairs results in the more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 18, 2015 | 0 comments
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