A review of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

A few months ago, I read Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, a book that left me wanting to read more of his lyrical and thoughtful writing. But told that Norwegian Wood was something of an exception in Murakami’s work, I took on Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World with no real idea of what to expect. In short, it is a veritable wonderland more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori

In this cute story-within-a-story, baby Bib hears his favorite nighttime story about the dragons who used to live in the area. What happens when a eggless mother dragon meets a lonely egg? This heart-warming tale is great to help children learn about families of all kinds. This book’s most appealing characteristics are the expressive drawings matched with a loving refrain that assures kids that “sometimes things happen for a reason.” more

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November 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

This graphic novel depicts the author's memories of growing up in Beirut in the 1980s during the Lebanese Civil War and is a follow-up to A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return.  A Game for Swallows is about one particular event: an evening when young Zeina and her brother are left in the care of neighbors while their parents venture to the other side of Beirut to visit family. The kids are more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 13, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret ...With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory by Roy Blount, Jr.

While the title of this feast for word-nerds pretty much says it all, I’d like to add a special plug for the audio-book version, read by the author himself, Roy Blount, Jr.  If you like words, this is a truly delightful read (or listen). “Linguaphile” doesn’t sufficiently describe Blount’s ardor for words--he enjoys words like some might enjoy fine cuisine or wine, rolling them more

Reviewed by Carra on
November 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

When a story begins with a handful of eager, attractive teenagers preparing for a trip to an isolated cabin halfway up the side of a mountain, it doesn’t take a lot of guesswork to figure out how things are going to end. In her newest book, Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush series, ups the ante by including a terrifying prologue, giving us a chilling glimpse at what the girls are going to face up on that mountain.Britt and Korbie have been planning their spring break backpacking more

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November 7, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Perfidia by James Ellroy

Hideo Ashida is familiar with being lonely. The sole Japanese-American on the LAPD, Ashida uses his brilliance as a forensic scientist to gain the grudging respect of his fellow cops. But in 1941 Los Angeles, the force is corrupt to the core as officials and seemingly upright citizens easily slip in with ethnic gangs, would-be starlets and outright thugs who do anything to win a payoff or settle a score. It’s hardly new to Ashida, who, while trying to remain straight, doesn’t seem terribly more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 5, 2014 | 0 comments
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Best Books Lists It's the most wonderful time of the not Christmas (though I did see my first Christmas commercial, just when the political ones will be winding down!). It's Best Books season and Library Journal has kicked things off with some good lists. They've got a top ten, but also best in a diverse group of genres. You can take a look at their picks here. Not to be outdone the more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Oh, this is Humor. With a capital "H." Jim Gaffigan is clearly not getting married to a hot dog, as he already has a wife and five small children, and he's not that kind of weirdo, but he really does love the cured meats. Like, loves loves loves the cured meats. Hot dogs. Bologna. Bacon. All sausages, especially bratwurst. I did not think I could laugh more than I did while reading Dad is Fat, Gaffigan's take on more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The cat, the dog, Little Red, the exploding eggs, the wolf, and Grandma by Diane Fox

Cat would like to read a simple story about a little girl who wears a redhood and takes a basket of goodies to her grandmother’s house. At least that’s what Cat is trying to do. Dog has other ideas. And questions. Lots of questions. What’s the little girl’s superhero power? After all she is wearing a cape. Does she hypnotize bad guys? Why doesn’t the wolf eat little red riding hood in the woods? Does little red have a Kindness Ray? Are the eggs in the basket exploding eggs? In fact Dog is more

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October 31, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll

This is a collection of five elegant and horrifying graphic short stories that take place in or around the woods. The stories included are "Our Neighbor's House," a chilling tale of three girls left all alone in a house; "A Lady's Hands Are Cold," about a young woman sent to live on an isolated estate with a husband she has not yet met; "My Friend Janna," featuring a girl who may or may not communicate with the spirit world; "The Nesting Place," a shocking twist on the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 30, 2014 | 0 comments
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