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A couple of years ago I got a lifetime account to LibraryThing.com. It gave me a way to keep track of what I've read. Because I had a bit of time, I decided to look over what I have read this past year. After a bit of analysis I discovered that I have read mostly mysteries and romances, with a few novels and nonfiction titles scattered in between. Since it's that time of year for "best of " lists, I thought that it would be nice to ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 3, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken

That is why they are valuable! This line is from the introduction of The 50th Anniversary Edition of Peg Bracken's The I Hate to Cook Book, newly updated and revised and still as funny as ever. When I went off to live in my first apartment, my mom gave me her well-worn copy of Saucepans and the Single Girl. This book is also hilarious in a mod sixtiesway. I think it's actually based on a Natalie Wood movie, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 29, 2010 | 3 comments
Books help me imagine other places and other people. Sometimes, at the end of the year, I pretend I'm a book critic for a major American newspaper, and put together a top ten list of what I've read in the past 365 days, regardless of when it was first published. ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
December 27, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Planning a plane trip or a leisurely vacation anytime soon? Perhaps you're traveling for the holidays? If so then Cutting For Stone by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 22, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of My Friend, The Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

Vampires have become a vibrant aspect of today's media culture. Are your kids asking you to let them watch or read the Twilight Series or see the ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
December 21, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Wake by Lisa McMann

A recent NPR news special features writers talking about the books they love but are embarrassed to be seen reading. One of the titles is an erotic historical novel, another, Haunted ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 20, 2010 | 5 comments
A review of Running the Books by Avi Steinberg

Why? Because they know "how to be sweet but theywillbust yo a#$@ if you get out of line." That is just one of many great lines in Avi Steinberg's new memoir Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, aboth entertaining and enlightening ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
December 17, 2010 | 0 comments
Try a biography! There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few biographies from a new, upcoming library booklist-- Recommended Biographies - 2010. BIOGRAPHIES - ART & MUSIC Huang, Yunte. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 16, 2010 | 1 comment
Get a head start on your 2011 book group reading. Book Discussion Kits for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot are currently available for check ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 15, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

One of my favorite series from childhood is back! As a young teen, I spent countless hours with the historical fiction diaries of the Dear America series, in which girls experience the greatest moments inUnited Stateshistory. In particular, I remember ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
December 14, 2010 | 3 comments
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