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A review of Americanine: A Haute Dog of New York by Yann Kebbi

Where do I begin? This is a sophisticated, oversized picture book that is told from the point of view of a French dog who returns to Paris after visiting New York. The illustrations are bold, colored pencil renderings of NYC that are so accurate and frenetic you know exactly where you are, like Grand Central Station or Central Park, but they're also somewhat dreamy and impressionistic. The author's note explains that the book was illustrated from memory from his days living as a student in New ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

This is a summer book. A perfect, dreamy, hazy, charming and smart summer book. Everybody, young and old, should grab a copy and sprawl out on the lawn and read it right now, because fall will be upon us before we know it. The Cornwallis family has been through a lot. Mr Cornwallis died unexpectedly, and the rest of the boisterous family was displaced to a cramped apartment. To add insult to injury eleven-year-old Binny’s beloved dog was shuffled between relatives in the chaos, and then old ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of True Highland Spirit by Amanda Forester

The Scottish highlands are very well trod ground for romance novelists (just try searching under the subjects ‘Love Stories’ and ‘Scotland Fiction’ in LINKCat to see what I mean). While it’s getting harder to inject some novelty into the subgenre, author Amanda Forester makes an entertaining and unique entry with True Highland Heart. The expected is there—men in kilts, rogues with brogues, bonnie lasses and the romance of the Scottish landscape—but Forester puts her characters ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 11, 2015 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club The Summer Reading Club is winding down but there is still time to register and enter slips for what you're reading. As of this moment we have 1129 books entered. You can see what people are reading and get some ideas yourself. So far the book listed by the most people is ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 10, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic by Neil Gaiman

Any fans of Neil Gaiman should probably check this out. It's the standard story of Hansel and Gretel, the woodcutter's children who are left in the woods when then the family is hit by hard times. One night Hansel hears his parents, worried over their lack of food, discuss leaving him and his sister in the woods. Being resourceful and forewarned, Hansel uses whites stones to guide the pair back to the arms of their parents. However, there is still not enough food and again they are led off into ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

Blood stains, possibly human, found in an abandoned hanger—a missing tractor from a hobby farm—a missing man are all threads in Peter Robinson’s most recent book In the Dark Places (or Abattoir Blues in the United Kingdom) coming out in August.  I always look forward to a new book from Robinson. He writes a good involving mystery but even more important to me is the character development in his series.  This, of course, focuses on Alan Banks ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan revisits her familiar themes of mother-daughter relationships, female oppression, and Chinese/American cultural conflict. This novel spans three generations from the late 1800’s through mid 1900’s, and describes the life of Violet Minturn and her upbringing in an upscale courtesan house in Shangai. The plot jumps expertly among the lives of Violet’ ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Willowdean is pretty comfortable in her own skin. A self-described fat girl in a small town Texas, she’s got a job that’s tolerable, a great best friend, a gorgeous guy who kinda might be sorta interested in her and a long hot summer ahead of her. Unfortunately, summer is also when Clover City gears up for its second-most obsessive event—the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant--and Willowdean’s mother (winner in ’97) is fully immersed in the sequin-strewn spectacle. It will be the first summer that ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 4, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This book was a pleasant surprise. What’s been billed as a book on romance in the modern age written by Aziz Ansari, comedian and star of Parks and Recreation, is: A book on romance in the modern age A sociological examination at relationships and how they’ve changed over the years, and An investigation of how our lives today are inextricably bound to technology This book is chock-full of research conducted in conjunction with renowned ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Monkey goes bananas by C.P. Bloom

This is a fresh look at the conundrum of the monkey on an island who has a yen for the bunch of bananas hanging from a tree on another island, separated by water, and a hungry predator, in this case, a shark.  Bloom and Raymundo have created a story with just a few words, and highly expressive, cartoon-style illustrations.  Monkey tries various methods to reach the bananas, or make the bananas reach him, and is foiled again and again, in progressively more dramatic and hilarious ways ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
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