A review of I'm Fast by Kate McMullan

If you have a little train enthusiast at home, this one's for you! Kate and Jim McMullan follow up their hits I'm Big, I'm Bad, I'm Dirty and more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 21, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz

You know you're having a bad day when your suicide attempt is interrupted by a bank robbery. Just the kind of day Nate Overbay is having. He's on an 11th floor ledge - having crawled out of the window of his bank - very carefully choosing his landing spot in a dumpster (so he doesn't squash anyone) when he hears a gunshot and sees the blood splatter on the window next to him. When he realizes that a group of masked gunmen are robbing the bank, Nate is torn. He's determined to go through with more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 20, 2012 | 0 comments
Top 10 Sports Books, 2012 Are sportswriters your favorite authors?  Then check out the Top 10 Sports Books 2012 according to Booklist's editor Bill Ott.  Although baseball and basketball dominate the list, it also includes golf, soccer, surfing, and hunting. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. 2011." more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fannie’s Last Supper: Recreating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook by Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball is the founder of Cook’s Illustrated and host of America’s Test Kitchen. In Fannie's Last Supper he details a re-creation of a multi-course dinner based on the Fannie Farmer cookbook of 1896. The result is an interesting amalgram of cooking history, a walking tour of Boston, the complexities of making recipes from over a hundred years ago palatable to modern taste, and transferring the whole to more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I think I've found my favorite book of the summer, now that autumn is in the air. I've read some very good ones, but the only book that has made me actually laugh out loud is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Semple was a writer for one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Arrested Development, (which will be back for more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

My kids and I just never get tired of that pigeon! In this newest pigeon tale, the Pigeon cannot believe that Duckling has gotten a cookie simply by asking politely for it. In fact, he is simply furious -- after all, he asks for things all the time (to drive the bus, to stay up late, to eat a hot dog), and his requests all go unanswered. What does this Duckling have that he doesn't?! With the simple text and line drawings that have made Mo Willems a superstar of children's literature, find out more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe and The Beatles by Arne Bellstorf

It's not for certain that photographer Astrid Kirchherr is responsible for the famous Beatles' mop-top, but this graphic novel provides a sweet glimpse into the time John, Paul, George, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe spent in Hamburg in the early 60s and how they all had the famous hair after their second tour there. It was Stuart who first debuted the haircut according to this version of events, after meeting Kirchherr's friend Klaus Voorman. What is for certain is that the Germans that were more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 13, 2012 | 0 comments
Man Booker Shortlist The Man Booker shortlist was announced and "includes two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors and one previous winner. Of the six writers three are men and three are women, four are British and one Indian and one Malaysian." Here are the titles that make up that mix: The Garden of Evening Mists by more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Bushville Wins! The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves… by John Klima

OK, OK, I admit to being a longtime Braves fan thanks to my dad being a native of Milwaukee and distant memories of attending games in the early 1960’s as a child. And yes, I did follow the Brewers especially in the Yount years. But until the 1990’s and the rise of Glavine, Maddox, and Smoltz, the glory days were those early years in Milwaukee. With Bushville Klima has done a wonderfully entertaining book about those days with a focus on the players such as Eddie Matthews, Warren more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
September 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

It's been a while since I've read something so good I found myself staying up late into the night, repeating "just one more page and I'll go to bed," but Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is really that good. Janelle Tenner is about to start her junior year of high school when she's hit by a truck and dies. For a minute, that is. As she sees the light, she feels herself being brought back from the dead and finds herself in the arms of a school mate--the tall, dark and mysterious Ben Michaels. As more

Reviewed by Krissy on
September 7, 2012 | 0 comments
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