National Book Award winners Announced Winners of the 2013 National Book Awards were announced recently, with some familiar names and new faces joining the ranks of those honored by the National Book Foundation. In the fiction category, James McBride’s novel The Good Lord Bird took top honors.  Considered something of an underdog, McBride’s previous works include The Miracle at St. Anna’s and more

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November 25, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells two stories at the same time. After a girl checks out this exact book from the library, she finds herself in a whole new world. Fascinating facts about coral reefs are told on each page as the reefs grow around her, until soon she is swept away. She reads about and meets different kinds of sea life, including parrot fish, hungry sharks, and even an octopus. This book is sure to delight readers young and old. more

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November 22, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Witches of East End by Melissa De la Cruz

I was watching the series pilot of more

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November 21, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Recently someone asked me for recommendations for "intelligent" mysteries. Her description for these was "a combination of a dense, resonant setting with character and plot development that grab you but that are new and thought provoking; characters, attitudes, thoughts, insights you haven't read before but which strike a chord and reveal something about the world." That description helped me to help her find some books, but it also fits a science fiction title I read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 20, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke has started off her new An American Heiress in London series with a bang. I really liked the two main characters. These well-written characters have each been hurt in the past and are wary of letting anyone get close, but as they interact and get to know each other, any fool can see how perfect they are for each other.  It is fun to watch this engaging couple let down their walls and fall in love. When the Marquess Met His Match is the story of more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked by David Benjamin

Author David Benjamin treated the Goodman South Madison Library book group to a visit at their October meeting. The group read The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked, his memoir of growing up in Tomah and Madison in the 1950’s. Benjamin captures small-town Wisconsin in the 50’s from the perspective of a kid without much in the way of adult supervision, whose daily goal is to find and make his own fun. He recounts his boyhood exploits in hilarious and sometimes cringe-inducing detail more

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November 18, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Let's Go Baby-o by Janet McLean

There is so much going on in baby’s world! In Let’s Go, Baby-o!, baby wakes from his nap and immediately gets busy. Baby bumps and bounces. Baby thumps and pounces. And after each activity, baby and his cousin return to the window to observe the world outside, while the reader returns to the refrain “Look out the window. What can you see?” The McLeans' delightful picture book mimics a day in the life of a busy baby and encourages the reader to share words and conversations as well as more

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November 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is the ongoing saga of a teen cyborg and Lunar royal named Princess Celine (Cinder) and her band of fairytale warriors. This second installment in the series introduces us to Scarlet Benoit, a Little Red Riding Hood character whose grand-mère was integral in saving the young Princess Celine from certain death and aided in her cyborg conversion.  The novel starts out with Cinder breaking out of prison and aiding and abetting the escape of a convicted thief more

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November 14, 2013 | 0 comments
World Fantasy Awards In addition to awarding Life Achievement Awards to Susan Cooper and Tanith Lee (well deserved!), the World Fantasy Awards for best novel were announced at the 2013 convention held in Brighton, England in early November.  BEST NOVEL •  The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin •  Some Kind more

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November 12, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook

Look at the listing of the top ranked broadcasts in America of all time, and you’ll find the list dominated by Super Bowls. Turn the tube on some fall Saturday afternoon, and you’ll see channel after channel featuring collegiate crowds screaming in packed football stadia. Weekly ratings are dominated by Sunday Night Football, only occasionally challenged by Monday Night Football.  Like it or not, football dominates much of American culture, whether one is a fan or not. But as of late, more

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November 11, 2013 | 1 comment
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