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A review of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Of all the things I hated during high school (and like most teenagers, my list was lengthy), chemistry ranked quite high. Chemistry, like trigonometry,mandatory pep ralliesand the finer points of grammar, had nothing to do with Real Life. Years later, after reading ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 20, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Jane and Melody Ellsworth are like many other unmarried women in Regency England: their futures depend on finding men to marry and support them. Jane, plain and already resigned to spinsterhood at the advanced age of twenty-eight, simply wants to focus on finding an ideal husband for younger sister Melody, a beautiful if often impulsive and selfish young woman. But Jane has one gift her sister desperately wants: she is a master at the art of glamour. Gathering threads from the ether,Janecan ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 14, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

Theresa MacLean is a forensic scientist which means she studies the evidence at a crime scene - not the bodies. That's one of the things I really like about Lisa Black's series protagonist. Unlike a myriad of others - think Cornwell, Reichs, Slaughter - Theresa studies the minutiae found at a murder. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 5, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Lips Unsealed: by Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go's are awesome. I've loved them for thirty years. Yikes! How can that be? Well, I'm sure I've got lots of company. Cause they're awesome! Did I say they're awesome? As a kid, I was thrilled to discover that guitarist Jane Wiedlin was from Oconomowoc, even though I wasn't exactly sure where Oconomowoc was. I was convinced she must have family around Milwaukee and always thought I might run into her at the Grand Avenue Mall (when the Grand Avenue Mall was still "a mall", and the most ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 4, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

"I mean, we're the homicide unit, the murder police, the highly trained investigative elite who always get their man"¦""Careful," says McLarney, "You're giving me an erection." I came to Homicide after watching all five magnificent seasons of The Wire on DVD. And if you haven't seen that series, ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 28, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Superbaby by Jenn Berman

No pressure! It'sjust thatif you want to maximize your child's full potential during the most critical developmental years of their life, you must read this book and commit all of it to memory. Again, no pressure! Superbaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 24, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The End Game by Gerrie Ferris Finger

Once upon a time (way back in 2001) Julia Spencer-Fleming won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery sponsored by St. Martin's Press which then published the book. And a better choice would be hard to find as each of Ms. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 23, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Pick up Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern if you are looking for something quick and funny to read. But don't be fooled, there's more to this book than wacky ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 20, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Novels featuring abducted women who have survived their ordeals seem to be popular right now, and there are some good ones. My fellow reviewer Jane gave Still Missing by Chevy Stevens a glowing review, and I also found it to be a well ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
September 17, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Troublemaker: A Barnaby and Hooker Graphic Novel by Janet Evanovich

Clearly the only reason the graphic novel (GN) Troublemaker Book 1 got publishedwas because of its rock star famous co-author Janet Evanovich and I'm not certain even her biggest fans will appreciate this very short ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
September 15, 2010 | 2 comments
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