Registration opens today for the Friends of Madison Public Library's 14th annual Book Club Café, an event for book clubs and other book lovers. This year's featured speaker is Dayton, Ohio author Katrina Kittle. The event is Tuesday, May 3, 7-9 pm, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave. Register by March 29 for priority seating and inclusion in the commemorative Book Club Favorites booklet more

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March 1, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Dangerous Edge of Things by Tina Whittle

Tina Whittle's debut mystery, The Dangerous Edge of Things is a good start to what I hope will be a successful series. Tai Randolph has just moved to Atlanta to take over the gun shop she and her psychologist brother Eric inherited from their uncle. Tai's, who has more

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February 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows

But I know just what linguist Deborah Fallows means when she describes her years spent living abroad in her memoir Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love and Language. You know you've really immersed yourself in a language when you start dreaming in that language. What sets this little book apart is the funny way in which Fallows depicts her struggles with language in China while awake. Fallows more

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February 26, 2011 | 0 comments
Book cover of Before I Fall
According to a recent School Library Journal, "vampires are out and books about dead teens and space travel are in." Books with futuristic space settings will be popular as well as titles like Lauren Oliver's more

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February 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of the Wind on Fire trilogy by William Nicholson

If you're a Young Adult fantasy junkie looking for a new series, then the Wind on Fire trilogy by William more

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February 22, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester

The above is not some obscure curse, to be wished on your worst enemy. Rather, it's a sentiment shared by the creators of one of the most daunting scholastic efforts every attempted: the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Zymotic, at the time¹, was seen as the final word of the dictionary, but the prospect of seeing the last of Z proved for some time an almost impossible goal. The story of the mammoth OED's fitful, nearly aborted birth and eventual more

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February 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of What I Did For A Duke by Julie Anne Long

Count me as very pleasantly surprised by the latest by Julie Anne Long. In the past her books have been hit or miss for me but this one is a definite hit. This latest is billed as being part of her Pennyroyal Green series but can certainly be read as a standalone (I hadn't read any of the others, though more

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February 18, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass

Sorry Ann Michalski (former Sequoya librarian and MADreads reviewer!) or Sharon Gaddis (my school librarian cousin), fictional Percy Darling has taken over that spot. In Julia Glass' newest novel, more

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February 16, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson sees dead people. Since the day she was born she's been able to see those amongst the dear departed who can't seem to move on. And though she hasn't always understood it, she knows she's the Grim Reaper. Luckily this isn't as bad as it sounds. She doesn't have to seek people out and tell them it's their time. Instead they seek her out because she's shiny - like lighthouse beacon. Once she's helped them with whatever they feel needs doing, they pass through her to whatever lies more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 15, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of The Society of S by Susan Hubbard

...then I might have just the books for you! Susan Hubbard has written a trilogy of novels that is asdifferent from a certain other series about teenvampireromance as can be. (Not that there's anything wrong with Twilight; I thoroughly enjoyed each book more

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February 14, 2011 | 1 comment
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