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A review of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

"When she woke she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declaritive red of a stop sign." So opens Hillary Jordan's sophomore novel (after Mudbound). Up until recently Hannah Payne has lived a pretty blameless life. Raised in a fundamentalist christian family she has always followed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Summer comes to a close and it feels like there just isn’t anything NEW to do before school starts.  How about revisiting something from the past?  August is a great time to slow down and seek out older books that may have been overlooked.   The Relatives Came  by Cynthia Rylant, 1985, Bradbury Press, New York is an exuberant celebration of summer, gardens, travel and most of all….Relatives!  A family drives a long distance to attend a reunion.   The ...read more

Reviewed by Ruth on
September 1, 2017 | 0 comments
True Crime Stories Do you like reading about actual cirmes? Then check out this list of Alexandria Marzaqno-Lesnevich's 's ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow's Kiss by Jane Feather

I used to read Jane Feather but haven't picked up anything of hers in a while. So I decided to dip back in and read one I hadn't yet. And boy am I glad I did. The Widow’s Kiss starts off with a bang, or maybe that’s a thud, when Lady Guinevere Mallory has a hand in the death of her drunken, abusive husband. He comes at her while she is standing on a balcony and ends up falling to the stones below. Whether or not Guinevere intended his death is unclear. Even her longtime ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

If you can't get your  mind off the great solar eclipse of 2017, I've got just the thing for you - and it doesn't require special glasses. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly is more than just a mystery novel: it stars a pair of eclipse chasers! Kit and Laura have been together through thick and thin - though at the beginning of the book, we don't know just what that means. They've been together for years, and Laura is finally pregnant after years of struggling with infertility. ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival just announced the line-up for their 15th Anniversary event, November 2-5, 2017. You won't want to miss this. Check out the event schedule at:  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winter

In November 1954 Marilyn Monroe escaped from Hollywood, leaving behind the very public end of her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and the humiliations forced on her by Zanuck and Fox Studios. Leaving with her friend and photographer Milton Greene, Marilyn was determined to recreate herself in New York City as something more than a blonde bombshell. Winter’s account is full of fascinating information, including quotes from other actors prominent in Strasbourg’s acting studio such as Marlon Brando, Ben ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

A young female intern bowled over by the charms of a worldly politician, unhappy in his marriage. Assignations in the office after hours, futile attempts to end the affair, a scandalous revelation in the press during the election cycle. A political career in the balance, a woman branded a tart and worse. Unceasing press. The political sex scandal is nothing new, the outcome for the pol limited to one of two options: immediate political suicide and obscurity, or a show of contrition and a photo- ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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A review of Mr. and Mrs. North Series by Frances and Richard Lockridge

How about some light-hearted fun and mayhem? This mystery series dates from the mid 20th century, and begins with The Norths Meet Murder. The Norths are a couple living in New York City who inadvertently get involved in homicide. Of the two, Pam North is easily the more interesting character in that her thought process appears to jump from A to G and back to B but somehow she is almost always correct in her assessments and since she also leaps before she looks this is a concern for her ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 21, 2017 | 0 comments
Hugo Awards Announced The 75th World Science Fiction Convention took place a week ago and the winners of their awards, the Hugos, were announced on August 11th and some great choices were made. The winner for Best Novel was N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate. This is a second in a series, so you might want to start with The Fifth Season ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2017 | 0 comments
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