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A review of Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas

He sees a beautiful woman across a field and it's love at first sight for a handsome young duke. The only problem is that she is married. So begins Sherry Thomas' new historical romance Beguiling the Beauty.   Fast forward ten years to 1896, the American Society of Naturalists and the Boston Society of Natural History are sponsoring a lecture by Christian de Montfort, the Duke of Lexington, at ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Tiger by John Vaillant

When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I was the nerdy kid that could pronounce every word correctly, and tell you the era that they lived in. My interests have since moved on to more recent biological history. Set in December 1997, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival tells the story of a seemingly malevolent tiger and the men that had to hunt it down. I’m afraid that the last sentence doesn’t give this sprawling and gripping book justice. The ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
June 27, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Titles Jane started the beach ball rolling with her post, Feeling hot, hot, hot (Summer Reading Lists are Here). 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.  Since there are quite a few, I divided it into three parts. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

Is there any President so deeply tied to the perception of a particular era than Dwight D. Eisenhower? That decade, often perceived as an era of increased conformity and unprecedented prosperity seemed tailor made for a president more often imagined in golf duds than more presidential garb. Ask many Americans who they rate as the great presidents of the twentieth century, it is likely few would consider Ike’s a successful administration, but rather one that did little to rock the boat. In his ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

Oh, this book is cute and covers a lot of territory. It's a Star Wars book, it's a parenting book, it's a parody and it's a graphic novel. What if Darth Vader was a "normal" dad and spent his time making scrambled eggs and bacon for a four-year-old Luke Skywalker? Why, Luke would refuse to eat them and Dad Darth would pour him a bowl of C-3POs cereal instead!  This little book puts a twist on intergalactic parenting (albeit with a kinder, gentler Dark Lord than we are used to) and how it ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 22, 2012 | 0 comments
Biography Suggestions Though much is mentioned about beach reads or guilty pleasures for summer reading, a lot of readers like to learn even as they relax. If you're one of those people and you enjoy biographies, you should take a look at Booklist's Top 10 BiographiesBarack Obama: The Story by David ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

The shy girl who secretly has a beautiful singing voice isn't that unusual in kids/teen literature. In fact I just read another such book, Zip by Ellie Rollins (very good btw - though not out yet). It's a trope I don't mind, but what I appreciated in Ms. Fredericks mystery is that her protagonist, Rain, has good reason to feel insecure. Rain was born with a cleft palate and though her physical appearance has long since been changed and speech therapy has helped, Rain has learned the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 19, 2012 | 0 comments
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Graphic Reading Suggestions This is a great time to be a comic book geek. Each summer, there are more and more movies that revolve around characters that began their fictional lives in the 'funny books'. With graphic novels now becoming much more popular with people of all ages (both geeks and non-geeks), now is a great time to pick one up and try it out!   I have listed ten graphic novels that have inspired, at least in part, an adaptation for either television or the movie screen. In addition, I have also given a ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
June 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

"Artists are lazy and scruffy people--they are not respectable," says young Allen's father. Well, father didn't necessarily know best; Allen Say grew up to win the prestigious Caldecott medal for his book, Grandfather's Journey, and is now the beloved author and illustrator of many books including Tea with ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
June 15, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch by Kate Williams

Okay, so I’m something of a royal watcher. The recent crop of royals are all very entertaining and such (Princess Kate is a gift from God as far as fashion editors are concerned), but for the really interesting stuff, I’ve recently discovered that the Regency period—best known to avid readers as the background to Jane Austen’s novels—is something of a golden era for royal bad behavior. The offspring of George III, the long-reigning and increasingly mad king, produced an astonishing fifty-six ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 14, 2012 | 0 comments
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