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A review of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Barbara Demick opens her case study ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 8, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Generosity: An Enhancement by Richard Powers

Is there a novel written these days that isn't multiple seemingly unconnected story threads that come together at the end? Maybe it's just what I'm drawn to. Here's another, Generosity: An Enhancement by ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 6, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation by Sharon Lerner

If you are a mom living in the United States, you might want to avoid the Mississippi Delta. Not only is it the poorest area in the nation, but there is virtually no support for family planning, no support for children once they arrive, no childcare available if you need to work, and few jobs that pay more than minimum wage. In 2006, 26% of all mothers in Mississippi lacked health insurance. Unfortunately, the United States is full of places like the Mississippi Delta where families struggle to ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 4, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman

I'll admit it: I'm no Sarah Silverman fan. Poop and fart jokes make me cringe and that covers a lot of her material. She's got a ton of original stuff when it comes to the scatological, but I just don't find it funny. I'm not sure why I gave The Bedwetter: Stories of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 26, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen

What do you have to give? Time? Money? Your house? The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back by Kevin Salwen & Hannah Salwen explores the idea of "half" projects. It all started when Hannah was 15-years old ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 21, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Of all the things I hated during high school (and like most teenagers, my list was lengthy), chemistry ranked quite high. Chemistry, like trigonometry,mandatory pep ralliesand the finer points of grammar, had nothing to do with Real Life. Years later, after reading ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 20, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Jane and Melody Ellsworth are like many other unmarried women in Regency England: their futures depend on finding men to marry and support them. Jane, plain and already resigned to spinsterhood at the advanced age of twenty-eight, simply wants to focus on finding an ideal husband for younger sister Melody, a beautiful if often impulsive and selfish young woman. But Jane has one gift her sister desperately wants: she is a master at the art of glamour. Gathering threads from the ether,Janecan ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 14, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

Theresa MacLean is a forensic scientist which means she studies the evidence at a crime scene - not the bodies. That's one of the things I really like about Lisa Black's series protagonist. Unlike a myriad of others - think Cornwell, Reichs, Slaughter - Theresa studies the minutiae found at a murder. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
October 5, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Lips Unsealed: by Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go's are awesome. I've loved them for thirty years. Yikes! How can that be? Well, I'm sure I've got lots of company. Cause they're awesome! Did I say they're awesome? As a kid, I was thrilled to discover that guitarist Jane Wiedlin was from Oconomowoc, even though I wasn't exactly sure where Oconomowoc was. I was convinced she must have family around Milwaukee and always thought I might run into her at the Grand Avenue Mall (when the Grand Avenue Mall was still "a mall", and the most ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 4, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

"I mean, we're the homicide unit, the murder police, the highly trained investigative elite who always get their man"¦""Careful," says McLarney, "You're giving me an erection." I came to Homicide after watching all five magnificent seasons of The Wire on DVD. And if you haven't seen that series, ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 28, 2010 | 2 comments
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