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Books to Movies I ran across the article "Books you need to read before the movies come out". According to the article and galley of pictures from the upcoming films there are titles to fit every literary taste, including classic fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, YA. Have you read any? If not, here's your chance to read before you see it in the theater. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

When worrying about the potential death of our planet, there are plenty of things to consider: global warming, holes in the ozone layer, bird flu - the list goes on and on. One possibility that I haven't considered until quite recently is the Earth's rotation slowing down, changing the pull of gravity and the cycle of day and night until the planet slowly becomes uninhabitable. Luckily for me, Karen Thompson Walker has imagined this very situation quite vividly in her debut novel The Age of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 21, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern catapulted into the world of fame and fortune after his popular twitter feed "Sh*t My Dad Says" was parlayed into a best-selling book and prime time network television show. Well, fame and fortune might be exaggerating a bit, and the show starring William Shatner as Justin's dad pretty much bombed, but he's still writing books and they are still funny. Halpern's new book I Suck at Girls chronicles Justin ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche

Artistically, this is one of the coolest books I’ve ever seen. I can only imagine the time that went into the creation of each illustration. The artist has fashioned the most amazing, intricate bas-relief cut-paper collages of fifteen very unique homes from different time periods and from a variety of countries around the world. One could easily spend many hours looking at the incredible detail on each page. From cave dwellings to castles and yurts to airstream trailers, each home includes a ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
August 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel by John Guy

A biography of Thomas Beckett is not exactly a new occurrence. What is new about John Guy's detailed account of the martyr is the page-turning suspense he creates. If you've heard of Thomas Beckett and the difficulties he had with Henry II in 12th century England, then you know things didn't end well (he was declared a martyr after all). But the knowing doesn't lessen the tension which is ever present as author John Guy carefully pieces together the elements of Beckett's life and then ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The world of the lifeboat was contradictory. Cast upon the vastness of the North Atlantic, survivors of the wrecked Empress Alexandra are struggling to survive, confidently awaiting rescue in the busy shipping lanes, yet they hoard water and dried fish should the reality of their situation become grimmer. There are thirty-nine bedraggled survivors in the tiny craft as Grace Winter begins her account of the days and weeks spent in that lifeboat: there will be far fewer when rescue comes. What ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 15, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming titles Summer is a time to relax and catch up with old friends, both real and fictional. So I thought that I would share some of the mysteries that I am looking forward to reading this summer. Here is part 3 of my 3 part summer mystery list.  The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen [8/21]setting: Copenhagen, Denmarkcharacter: Detective Carl Mørck ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of Let's Play House by Emma Quay

I know I’ve discovered a new favorite book whenever I find myself wishing I could crawl inside the story and live there. That doesn’t happen very often with board books, and even less often with a multi-book series, so I was thrilled to discover the “Hello, Friends” books, written by Emma Quay and illustrated by Anna Walker. Three friends, a panda, an owl and a sheep, play together in these four delightful tales about imagination, bravery, sharing and bedtime. Although those topics have been ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
August 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelley

Summer's not over! Are you still looking for a fun beach read?  Love in a Nutshell is a cozy comedy/romance/suspense novel set in Keene's Harbor, Michigan, home of The Nutshell Bed and Breakfast. Or what will someday be The Nutshell B&B.    The main character, Kate Appleton, has had a run of bad luck. She's lost her job, her husband and her dog. She's slightly unhinged, but super cute, and working to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Although she no longer has her TV show, Oprah Winfrey is still a book lover. She has started a new digital (2.0) book club to replace the one she had on the TV show and Wild by Cheryl Strayed was her first choice. It is easy to see why Oprah was drawn to this book. Strayed took an unusual and  brave step for a 26-year-old woman setting out alone to hike 1100 miles  on ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 8, 2012 | 0 comments
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