A review of Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Like many others, I came of age during the Vietnam War and each night let Walter Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley bring its horrors to my living room and later college dorm room. The military has since learned its lesson and will never again allow the public to see such raw footage, but to this day the wup-wup sound of a helicopter brings on a surge of dread and I couldn’t bring myself to read any of the novels that first came out of the war. But, 40 years later, it’s time, and Matterhorn more

Reviewed by Helene on
July 9, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of One Smart Cookie by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

One Smart Cookie is the latest in a series aimed at teaching big words to little people. Written for children in grades K-2, One Smart Cookie introduces words like “procrastinate,” “diligent,” “empathy” and many more. The words are big, and the concepts complex, but Rosenthal does a brilliant job both defining the words and relating the concepts to a child’s life using cookie-based lessons. “Integrity means, It doesn’t matter whether anyone sees or not. I know inside myself more

Reviewed by Jill O on
July 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Sixkill by Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker sadly died last year, but fortunately for his many fans, there were still two books featuring Spenser waiting to be published:  Painted Ladies and Sixkill.  Though both are vintage Parker novels and enjoyable reads, Sixkill is the better of the two, mainly because Parker introduced an more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler

This is the second title read during my summer of hilarity.  I didn't find this collection of humorous letters as funny as Bossypants, reviewed earlier on MADreads, but it was still funny.  Albeit anxiety-inducing. Friends, family and co-workers offer up horrifying stories of how comedian Chelsea Handler has humiliated, abused and terrorized each and every one of them with her lies. more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 6, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I often take home big fat books with every intention of reading them, but they get returned to the library unread. I only made it through a few chapters of The Children's Book recently, and I didn't even open Wolf HallWith so many books in my to-read pile, a book has to be pretty good for me to commit an extra more

Reviewed by Kylee on
July 5, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of When I'm Big by Paula Hannigan

An ingenious system of sliding panels adds an element of excitement and whimsy to this gorgeous board book about imagining what the future could bring. The rich colors of the illustrations invite you to linger on each page a little longer than usual. The surprising changes in the pictures when you slide the panels up will bring a smile to your lips. In one spread, a rocket ship blasts off, another shows a daring firefighter on an extending ladder, yet another reveals a tall and very tasty- more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 30, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

...this book. I read The Keeper of Lost Causes a while ago and had to wait until now to tell you how much I loved it. I went into the book with middling expectations. It's a mystery set in Denmark and features a cynical police detective. Where have I read that before? But this US debut of a bestselling Danish author was a huge (and happy) surprise. What Adler-Olsen has created is a suspenseful, sometimes darkly funny, mystery thriller that is my number one book so far this year. Carl more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 30, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr

Over the weekend I read the new novel by Nina Revoyr.  Usually novels don't make me cry, but Revoyr drew me into Michelle's story with her lyric descriptions and gripping story, as well as a personal flashback to the 1970s. Her insights into the nature of family, justice, and racism reminded me a bit of Harper Lee's To Kill a MockingbirdWingshooters is the coming-of-age story of Michelle LeBeau, aka Mikey, who was born in Japan to an American father and more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 29, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

In most mysteries, we don't know who did it until the end of the book, which is generally a large part of why we keep reading. In Erin Kelly's debut novel The Poison Tree, we don't even know what the crime actually was until near the end, which makes it equal parts maddening and addictive. In the early 90s, university student Karen Clarke expected to have an exciting summer once she met Biba, a more

Reviewed by Kylee on
June 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is a major comedy talent. She's been a head writer for Saturday Night Live, creator, writer and actor of the Emmy-winning comedy 30 Rock and writer and actor in several popular feature films. She manages these professional pursuits with a relatively normal family life (in which I mean she spends time with her husband and child, plans special birthday parties and helps coordinate family more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 27, 2011 | 5 comments
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