A review of Arcadia by Lauren Groff

It sounds pretty great: a society in which there is no heirarchy, where everyone contributes equally in the pursuit of a pure life lived off of the earth, where idealism is a reality.  Growing up in such a place would be paradise, wouldn't it?  In Lauren Groff's brilliant new novel Arcadia (following the equally outstanding Monsters of Templeton and the story collection more

Reviewed by Kylee on
May 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio

I think it started in college with a term paper, but maybe it was even in my high school history class? (I always paid attention because the teacher was the cute wrestling coach). This isn’t my first review about a Kennedy related title, I did one about a fabulous coffee table book a few years ago and I took care of my Kennedy fix this winter by listening to more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
April 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger

In the vast estate of the Smugwick Manor, there are many employees and only a handful of the Luggertucks who own the mansion. Unfortunately, the Luggertucks are an unpleasant bunch who make the lives of their many employees rather miserable. Until one day, when (for reasons unknown) M’Lady Luggertuck asks her maid not to tighten her corset quite so tightly. The repercussions of this startling request form the basis of this story that borders (almost constantly) on the ridiculous. Pirates and more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 27, 2012 | 0 comments
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E-reader Statistics You know how I love a good infographic and thanks to Galleycat I've found another cool one to study. This one was designed by graphic designer Boris Benko and depicts the stats with regard to the explosion of ebook use. Some of the things you can spot in Benko's graphic? In December of last more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash

When a widowed countess saves a cursed duke is it love at first sight? Not exactly. Sophia Nash continues her Royal Entourage series with The Art of Duke Hunting (the first in the series was reviewed here). It is the love story of Montagu and March, as they like to call each other. Roman Montagu more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild Thing by Josh Bazell

Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper is a funny, funny book. Jane's MADreads review gives you an excellent rundown of what it's all about.  Wild Thing is a follow-up to Beat the Reaper. While I don't like it quite as much, I think it's funny, too, and will more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 24, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

Yes, dystopian fiction is everywhere. From teen fiction like The Hunger Games and Divergent to more literary fare like Super Sad True Love Story and more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Three By the Sea by Mini Grey

From the creator of the wonderful Traction Man books comes this mystifying little tale about a cat, a dog, a mouse and a mysterious visitor. The three unlikely friends live a quiet existence in their little seaside house until a strange fox shows up at their place and introduces them to everything they have been missing in life. All of these new and exciting options cause some rifts among the friends but also teach them to work together. This book does a great job of presenting a lot of more

Reviewed by Trent on
April 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Defending Jacob by William Landay

William Landay's new book Defending Jacob begins when a young boy in a sheltered and affluent community is found murdered (stabbed and left in a park). Andy Barber, an established and respected Assistant District Attorney, immediately steps up to  find the killer and then prosecute the murderer. Surprisingly it seems that his own son Jacob is the prime suspect and Jacob is eventually charged with the gruesome crime. Could Jacob really be a sociopathic more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 19, 2012 | 0 comments
Books for the Francophile Have you been to Paris? Do you want to go to Paris?  Well, if you can’t get there just yet, how about reading about that romantic city in France? Below are both new and old titles for the Francophile in all of us. Here's your chance to do a little armchair traveling. Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Yaeger Kaplan more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 18, 2012 | 0 comments
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