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A review of Misconception by Ryan Boudinot

After working in the library business for awhile I noticed several types of readers.  Avid (first on holds list when books are ordered) Fairweather (everyone is reading this book so I should be too) Picky (I ONLY read romance) and the ones that I'm writing this review for, the Book Groupers.  Some Book Groupers may cross over to the other categories, but many are locked into their once a month committement for purely social reasons.  A night with a glass of wine and ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
October 21, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Readers are perpetually frustrated people.  Is there any other pursuit more hopeless than that of the reader, manically consuming novels, nonfiction and any other scraps of writing that comes along, all with the knowledge that every day there are more books published, yet more to read and the despairing sense that one can never get to the bottom of that to-be-read pile.  Why do we do it?  And where can one find more good book suggestions? ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 19, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow returns to New York City in his latest book Homer and Langley. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
October 16, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

...and one I might add, that won't turn your stomach.  Well, probably won't turn your stomach.  It depends on your tolerance level for dysfunctional families and relationships. I have been reading WAY too many books lately that shed some blindingly bright light on the way our food is grown, produced, prepared, killing us slowly, whatever.  This is not that kind of book.  It is rather the kind of book that waxes poetic about pulpy purply tomatoes that smell of earth and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 15, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Sex by Madonna Hey, anybody remember Sex, by Madonna?  It came out, er, rather, was published in 1992 ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
October 14, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

There are books that stick with you long after you close the back cover.  The Hate List by Jennifer Brown is just such a book.  Known more for her humor columns in the Kansas City Star (she is the two-time winner of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
October 13, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies

"Another memoir?" my husband responded when he asked me what I was reading and I answered the same way I often do .  Yes, it's true.  I can't seem to get enough of these true stories of coming of age, falling in love, heartbreak, despair, addiction, and every other wonderful or horrible thing that happens every day to regular people.  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary - Lakeview on
October 9, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

What if Harry Potter hadn't been a charming British orphan, but a middle class nerd from Brooklyn?  And, instead of attending Hogwarts as an 11-year old, he finished high school as a muggle and didn't discover his wizardly talents until he was invited to apply to a prestigious magical university? ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 8, 2009 | 0 comments
This year's Wisconsin Book Festival begins tomorrow, October 7, and Madison book lovers should not miss this event.  The theme this year is "Courage" and many Wisconsin authors are featured.  The list includes Michael Perry, Lorrie Moore, Terese Allen, Linda Barry, Jane Hamilton and David Rhodes. The Festival highlight will be the keynote from ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 6, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain

There are some books that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, inspired by the goodness of humanity and hopeful for the future.  And then there are James M. Cain's novels.  Written in the 1930s and 1940s, Cain's terse, bleak crime novels portray people as hard as the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 5, 2009 | 1 comment
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