A review of The Belly Book by Fran Manushkin

If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate your belly, check out Fran Manushkin’s latest ode to a body part, The Belly Book. Every person, every animal – even aliens in outer space – has a belly, and no matter what it looks like or where you find it, bellies are beautiful, useful and fun. The Belly Book encourages children to be proud of their bellies. Regardless of size, shape or color, everybody’s got one, and they’re all pretty fantastic. Told through a series of clever more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
February 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard

This at-times excruciatingly keen novel starts out with the unnamed narrator and her best friend Felicia babysitting for a wild tribe of six children, a tarantula, a python, a rat snake, a bunch of white mice, and an elderly dog for seventy-five cents an hour in order to earn money for new school clothes. The oldest boy sets the house on fire and the fourteen-year-old babysitters can't decide whether they should call the fire department, their mothers or both. They decide that whatever they do more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 23, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

When word came out last fall that acclaimed British crime novelist P. D. James was set to release a crime novel featuring Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, I reacted with equal parts hope and trepidation. The prospect of resurrecting Jane Austen’s most beloved couple for sequels or other genre forays has attracted many authors, but few efforts have stood out as memorable. Would one of Britain’s premier writers, an author who cites Austen as one of the key more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 22, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Paris in the 1920's was a mecca for a certain type of artist. We were able to meet some of them in Woody Allen's recent film, Midnight in Paris where Gil, the main character travels back in time. In the past he meets among others, Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein and Zelda and Scot Fitzgerald. He also has several encounters with Ernest Heminway. Unfortunately for readers of The Paris Wife, there is not even a glimpse of Hadley Hemingway in the film. The Paris Wife is more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 21, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath

If you've read my reviews you know I like connected romances, particularly about brothers. Fortunately for me, Lorraine Heath has a new triology; The Lost Lords of Pembrook. First up is She Tempts the Duke, the love story of two childhood friends separated by time and circumstance who find each other more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Legend by Marie Lu

What happens when the most perfect military prodigy sets her sights on capturing the most wanted criminal in The Republic (and they are both 15-year-olds and super hot)? I'll tell you what happens: a book you cannot put down. Legend by Marie Lu takes place in a future Los Angeles that is flooded, poverty stricken and divided into Sectors based on the results of military trials. The elite citizens of The Republic (those that did well on the trials) live in relative comfort while the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 17, 2012 | 2 comments
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Best Memoirs of 2011 Like reading about other people's experiences? Then here is a list for you.  These titles are from various"best of" lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new library booklist-- Memoirs, Recommended more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

I could never remember the title correctly to order this one, Sister Brother, Brother’s Sister, what the heck? The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt was shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year and while I normally don’t read many of those “fancy” literary novels this one actually ended up being a prize winner in my book too. Eli and Charlie Sisters are notorious hit men in the Oregon Territory and more

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February 15, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of View from the Imperium by Jody Lynn Nye

Ensign Thomas Innes Loche Kinago is on his first space navy cruise and making a lot of mistakes as he goes. Not unusual for a brand new officer in the Imperium Navy, but Thomas's mistakes come from a far different place then the average ensign in the Emperor's navy. Thomas is a member of the royal family. Sure he's a cousin and pretty far removed from actually inheriting the throne, but he grew up in the rarefied confines of court and has no clue what life is like for the average naval officer more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

The summer of 1962 has just begun, but for Jack Gantos, it’s already over. Caught messing around with his dad’s souvenir Japanese rifle, Jack is grounded for the entire summer, or possibly his life, depending on the mood of his parents. In the slowly dying town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, there doesn’t seem to be the prospect of much happening, so Jack doesn’t mind when his mother hires him out to help eccentric neighbor Miss Volker with a mysterious project. But rather than the tedious round the more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 13, 2012 | 2 comments
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