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A review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick Anna Kendrick swears an awful lot for someone who considers herself to be the Mayor of Squaresville.  I have no problem with this, it's just an observation.  She's super talented, down-to-earth and definitely a little scrappy.  She's been nominated for an Academy Award, starred in some big films like Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, Twilight and Up in the Air and was nominated for a Tony Award as a child actor in the Broadway musical High ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Choosers of the Slain by James Cobb

In a previous review I mentioned how I'd been seeking out books with strong, intelligent, competent, female protagonists. Well Choosers' main character hits on all of those and she has a great, action packed story to boot. Amanda Garrett's first naval command is the USS Cunningham, a newly designed destroyer with stealth capabilities**. She and her crew are enjoying a respite in Rio de Janeiro when all hell breaks out at the South Pole. Argentina has suddenly launched an attempt to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Beard Science by Penny Reid

The Winston brothers, all six of them, are well-known figures around their small hometown of Green Valley, Tennessee.  Partly this is due to each brother’s luxurious beard growth, but it’s also because the Winstons each have exceptional talents that capture the attention of the local denizens. Cletus, brother number three and star of Penny Reid’s romantic comedy Beard Science, has earned the town’s wary ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Night School by Lee Child

Night School is Lee Child's 21st Jack Reacher novel. If you are a fan like me, you are probably eagerly waiting to find out what Jack has been up to after he set off for Milwaukee at the end of Make Me. Not only did he leave with the girl - but they were headed for Milwaukee! What wrongs will Jack be setting right, here in Wisconsin? Well, we are going to have to wait at least one more year to find out. (Child publishes one Jack Reacher novel a year.) In this new book, we step ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
January 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin

This book made me laugh and laugh. In fact, I laughed out loud many times. There is something about Kathy Griffin. Her humor speaks to me. She calls it like she sees it, she's a hard worker, she's got a real Midwest sensibility, and she's friends with Cher. Like, she goes over to Cher's house and they eat snacks and watch movies and play in Cher's glitter room (her make-up and cosmetics area, naturally). She's had "run-ins" with a wide range of celebrities and it's impressive that she was able ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 30, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Speed of Life by J. M. Kelly

Amber and Crystal are twin sisters living on the poverty line who are determined to be the first people in their family to graduate from high school. An unexpected pregnancy threatens to derail their plan, but the sisters rally and commit to raising the baby together, taking turns watching their little girl when the other is working, and taking advantage of the school's daycare. Their future is set--getting an apartment away from their gambling addict mother and lethargic stepfather after ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
December 29, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist is a collection of stories and diary entries written by Carrie Fisher about her time during the making of the first Star Wars film in 1976. Carrie shares everything from meeting George Lucas for the first time to how the famous cinnamon roll hair buns were created and how long it took to get them ready every day. About two-thirds of the book is made up of the hilarious behind-the-scenes stories with the diary excerpts in the middle. Something that I feel ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Someone to Love by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh has long been one of the leading authors in Regency romance, writing over a hundred novels and becoming an automatic buy for most readers. Her latest, Someone to Love, launches a planned eight book series chronicling the fortunes, or lack of, the Westcott family. It’s an intriguing premise: the death of the immensely wealthy Earl of Riverdale prompts the discovery of a previously unacknowledged daughter, Anna Snow. But for the duke’s three other children, the discovery ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf, and Other Brief Essays From On and Off the Back Forty by Michael Perry

Michael Perry’s latest book, Roughneck Grace, is a compilation of his weekly Wisconsin State Journal columns of the same name. He treats us to an inside view of Wisconsin farm life; life on the road as an author/entertainer; relationships with friends and family; reflections on aging; and gratitude for life’s experiences. For those who have trouble committing to novel-length text--good news! There is no story in this book longer than 3 pages. But Perry makes masterful use of ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

She's got a hard shell on the outside and is sweet and melty on the inside. Or maybe assertive, blunt and cranky on the outside and warm-hearted, generous and looking for love on the inside. Inside or out, Agatha Raisin is a smart, retired public relations guru from London moonlighting as an amateur detective in the Cotswolds. She's got a shiny brown bob, inquisitive bear-like eyes and excellent legs! And from the comfort of my Madison armchair, she's living the life. Agatha finds herself in ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 13, 2016 | 1 comment
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