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Guided by Susan Lampert Smith and her husband Matt who brought delicious food from their farm "Blue Valley Gardens", the Go Big Read book discussion Thursday night at Sequoya of Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food was a lively foray into corporate versus small farms, school lunch ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy - Sequoya on
September 18, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of Secret Sanction by Brian Haig

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for a man in a uniform.  That said I don't go for most military shows, but something about the combination of the legal puzzles and David James Elliot in that uniform sucked me into watching JAG.  At least for the first few seasons - when Harm started to go undercover on secret missions to save the world, I considered it jump the shark time.  Though the show became too improbable, the combination of law and the military still trip my trigger, so to ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 17, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of: Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick

I didn't receive a lot of guidance in terms of reading when I was a kid; I was basically allowed to read whatever I liked and if I didn't understand something, I looked it up.  This wasn't really a problem until I started reading Holocaust literature, but that's a story for another day.  My parents were very free and breezy with books.  There were always a lot of books lying around the house, I was allowed to check out whatever I wanted from the library and my mom would buy me a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 15, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

I laughed out loud eighty-four times over the course of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys.  Some were mere chuckles ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
September 14, 2009 | 0 comments
Mary's comment on a different thread prompted me to look into Reading-list-gate-- it's the first I'd heard of it.  Five books must mean it's a pretty short vacation.  Or he's assuming other things will come along to suck up ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 12, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Farm City by Novella Carpenter

The idea of growing vegetables on an abandoned empty lot in Oakland doesn't seem too unreasonable; expanding to include rabbits, poultry, and even pigs makes it seem like a bigger undertaking, but Novella Carpenter and her partner take it all in stride.  Carpenter documents their ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
September 11, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of: The Eternal Smile: Three Stories by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

After reading Gene Luen Yang’s award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese and ...read more

Reviewed by Kathleen - Monroe Street on
September 10, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Year Million by Damien Broderick

Every once in a while I'll spot a book that Just Looks Interesting. Case in point: Year million : Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge, a collection of essays by scientists and science writers edited by ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 9, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Banned Books Week is approaching, so if you're looking for some rebellious reading, here's a book for you. Margo Lanagan's novel Tender Morsels is pretty controversial right from the start, since it begins with a few scenes involving incest and gang rapes.  ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 8, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

= true love forever.  Or at least a good go at it.  The dairy farmer missing two fingers is named Benny and the beige librarian is named Shrimp and they are the stars of the wacky romance in translation ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 3, 2009 | 0 comments
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