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A review of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin

I’m in love with a man who has been dead for 300 years. His name was Samuel Pepys*, royal civil servant, husband, employer, hedonist, and a more than a little lecherous. He was also a keen observer, lived at the center of London’s cultural and political life, and happily for posterity, a dedicated diarist. Pepys’ diary, kept between 1660 to 1669, details epic events in London’s history, most famously the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 13, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Eucalyptus Middle School is putting on the old-fashioned musical "Moon over Mississippi" and seventh grader Callie is working on the stage crew. She's a boy crazy drama geek with purple hair and a love for all things theater. She's super excited about painting sets and building a pretend cannon for the show and the cast and crew is friendly and encouraging.  Callie's a happy kid with a good group of friends and a lot of positive adult support, but she's got one big problem: she's boy crazy ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Home for Bird by Philip Stead

The story begins on the copyright page as an overstuffed moving truck bumps along the road. Vernon the toad meets a silent Bird. Vernon and friends quickly deduce that Bird is homesick, and Vernon makes it a mission to find Bird's home. Through land, water and air, they venture to homes of all sorts, until one morning Vernon finally hears Bird 'speak.' The colorful watercolors exude the warmth and richness of what having good friends in life should feel like. Those who take the time to ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

When I first saw notice of this book in a forthcoming books catalog I was interested, and later I was pleased to find a book from my ‘to read’ list on the ALA Notables list . I’ve always wanted to go to Machu Picchu and after a trip to some only partially excavated mayan ruins in Honduras, I’ve been even more interested. That combined with the fact that I’m also generally drawn to current day explorer narratives made this ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Books by Veterans Veteran's Day is next week. Reading a book written by a veteran might be just the way to honor them. Parade has a list of recommended war books written by a new generation of warriors who have shared their wartime experiences. Here's the linked list so you can get started reading. Novels ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 7, 2012 | 0 comments
What We're Reading The great thing about working in a library is that I'm surrounded not only by books, but by people who read them! And they read such a wide range of things that I once again polled them to see what they're reading. Hey I just realized, this post ties right into the election because here are the polling results. Jeff K. just finished Ian Tregillis' Bitter Seeds and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 6, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Wide Open by Deborah Coates

I just finished the second book in a series and wanted to tell you all about it. The problem is it isn't going to be published for a few months yet (I was lucky enough to get a galley). As I pondered my options, I realized I'd never mentioned the first book in the series, which I liked a lot as well. Wide Open is an amalgam of mystery and fantasy (in the form of magic and ghosts) and introduces Hallie Michaels, a sergeant on leave from the army. Hallie almost died in Afghanistan. To be ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

It's just a normal day when Boy and Bot meet in the forest. When Bot answers Boy's request to play with an "Affirmative," the two begin a beautiful friendship. But, it takes a little time for both to get used to the quirks of humans and robots. With Dan Yaccarino's bright illustrations and Ame Dyckman's sweet and funny text, this delightful story is sure to please anyone who's ever wanted a friend that's a little different from themselves. ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 1, 2012 | 0 comments
New Mysteries The weather is getting colder, Halloween is past and I am looking forward to curling up with a good book. What better than a new adventure with a favorite character? There are a bunch of new mysteries that I am anxiously waiting to read. So many in fact that I've divided it into two posts. Here is part two. The Black Box by Michael Connelly [11/26]setting: Los Angelescharacter: Detective Harry ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 1, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories by Molly Ringwald

Just kidding. There is a recurring passage and theme in this collection of short stories written by iconic 80s actress Molly Ringwald: When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren't facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be.  Well, that is sufficiently ominous and vague, isn't it? You might be thinking, "Where will I be? Living next door to a serial killer? Running from a grizzly bear? ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 31, 2012 | 0 comments
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