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A review of Three By the Sea by Mini Grey

From the creator of the wonderful Traction Man books comes this mystifying little tale about a cat, a dog, a mouse and a mysterious visitor. The three unlikely friends live a quiet existence in their little seaside house until a strange fox shows up at their place and introduces them to everything they have been missing in life. All of these new and exciting options cause some rifts among the friends but also teach them to work together. This book does a great job of presenting a lot of ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
April 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Defending Jacob by William Landay

William Landay's new book Defending Jacob begins when a young boy in a sheltered and affluent community is found murdered (stabbed and left in a park). Andy Barber, an established and respected Assistant District Attorney, immediately steps up to  find the killer and then prosecute the murderer. Surprisingly it seems that his own son Jacob is the prime suspect and Jacob is eventually charged with the gruesome crime. Could Jacob really be a sociopathic ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 19, 2012 | 0 comments
Books for the Francophile Have you been to Paris? Do you want to go to Paris?  Well, if you can’t get there just yet, how about reading about that romantic city in France? Below are both new and old titles for the Francophile in all of us. Here's your chance to do a little armchair traveling. Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Yaeger Kaplan ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Small Death in the Great Glen by A. D. Scott

We just finished this one for the mystery book group (we meet at South Madison on the second Thursday of the month). What struck me about the book was how surprised I was at the tone. This is a mystery set in the Highlands in 1950s Scotland and it uses the word Glen in the title which suggests something cozy or small-townish. Certainly A Small Death takes place in a village ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt

Every library student knows the adage: Every book its reader, every reader his/her book. While I am not one to doubt Mr. Ranganathan’s philosophy (it does, after all, pretty much sum up a good chunk of library science education), Helen DeWitt’s new novel Lightning Rods may offer an interesting test. DeWitt is best known for her difficult and rewarding debut novel The Last Samurai, a book that had been rejected by numerous publishers before becoming an unlikely hit in 2000. With Lightning ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Lucky for Good by Susan Patron

Hard Pan, California, is well named. While this hardscrabble desert town doesn’t have an airport, hotel or even 50 residents, it does have the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center and folks drive for hours to eat the weekend specials at Brigitte’s Hard Pan Café. Lucky Trimble loves Hard Pan—she loves that the rocky landscape is home to the many creatures she studies, and she loves the other 42 inhabitants of Hard Pan almost as much as she loves her adopted mother, Brigitte. But ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 13, 2012 | 0 comments
One Hundred Year Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster The Titanic struck an iceberg one hundred years ago April 14th and sunk the next day. With the 100 year anniversary happening there are a number of new books being published. Check out some new titles on this historic disaster.   Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy by Charles Pellegrino Gilded Lives, Fatal ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

As a child and a teen, I devoured series books. I'm pretty sure I've read every Sweet Valley book written - including specials - and every Babysitter's Club book. As an adult, though, I find very few series that make me super excited for the next installment. Of course there are fabulous trilogies all over the place, especially in teen literature (The Hunger Games, etc), but for some reason I haven't found many series with characters that I really like in the adult ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 11, 2012 | 3 comments
Book cover of Verity
A review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Some books are difficult for me to review because I don't want to give too much away as I write. And some are difficult because I want to do a good book justice. Code Name Verity fits both instances. It is a WWII novel that has been described with adjectives like wrenching, beautiful, harrowing, intelligent. All of them apply. As the book opens 'Verity' begins to tell her story. She's a young British woman captured behind enemy lines by the Gestapo. At the point her tale begins ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 10, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of My New American Life by Francine Prose

I follow Donna Seaman’s fiction reviews in Booklist because I’m always struck by her impressive use of adjectives and I often enjoy the books she recommends. That’s how I came across My New American Life by Francine Prose.  Check out these adjectives:  “…comically ironic and heartbreakingly guileless voice” and “…fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story….” Kind of tempting for someone like me. Plus I love the cover art. It ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 9, 2012 | 0 comments
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