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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
A review of Perfumes by Luca Turin

It's not often that I find myself going back to a title repeatedly, especially about a topic that, frankly, doesn't really touch on any topic that I've ever been interested in. Yet, every time I pick up Perfumes: The Guide ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 13, 2010 | 0 comments
Though I'm an infrequent cook of anything beyond the basics, I do love to look at beautiful cookbooks. Really, who doesn't? So with that in mind I give you links to this years picks for "best" cookbooks. Perhaps you'll get an idea for a last minute holiday gift or just something to ooh and aah over like I do. Huffington Post's Best Cookbooks of 2010 ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 11, 2010 | 1 comment
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