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A review of An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Well, thanks to Masterpiece, I have been seduced back into Jane Austen's world.  But where to go once you've watched (and maybe rewatched) all the episodes and maybe re-read the books themselves? Here are a few suggestions: Pamela Aidan has ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
April 27, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Apple Betty & Sloppy Joe by Susan Sanvidge

Open a can of tomato soup, grill a cheese sandwich,  and enjoy a nostalgic trip through  food and middle class family life of the 1950's in Wisconsin.  Mid-western baby boomers and their parents will enjoy browsing  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 25, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's new Tess Monaghan mystery, ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
April 24, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Gone Boy by Gregory Gibson

April 16, 2008 marked the one year anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, which ended with 33 people dead (32 murders and one suicide). The intervening year has seen other school shootings, although thankfully not with the body count suffered in Virginia.  If you've struggled like everyone else to understand and make sense of it, then read on. Gregory Gibson's ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
April 23, 2008 | 3 comments
A review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

One of my favorite YA novels is Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak.  I like it for the silent, but ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
April 22, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of A Pinch of Snuff by Reginald Hill

I've stuck with Dalziel and Pascoe because of Dalziel.  Pascoe I could take or leave.  But Dalziel is one of those characters that lives and breathes beyond the boundaries of the pages they inhabit.  Reginald Hill skillfully drops in details that make you wonder what he's really like.  We're told that ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
April 21, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

Do you have a pile of back-up books at home?  Books you've bought (or were given) that you haven't gotten to because they haven't got a due date?  But books you really DO want to read one day?  Ones that you are pretty sure will be great? I just read one from that pile... and it was truly fabulous. ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
April 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott

Ah, Chicago, the home of so many pleasurable pasttimes:  deep dish pizza, lazy afternoons at Wrigley Field, walks among gorgeous, massive skyscrapers.  A constantly bustling, exuberant place, Chicago has a long history of enjoying itself.  Journalist Karen Abbott's  ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 17, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine

Can someone teach me how to stop reading a book I'm not enjoying? I heart New York, plus I loved The Love Letter by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 16, 2008 | 3 comments
A review of A La Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers by Hillary Carlip

Have you read FOUND Magazine or any of the books featuring lost, tossed and forgotten items?  Now, imagine grocery lists that have been left behind.  And the people who left those lists behind.  Hillary Carlip has done just that in her new book À La ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 15, 2008 | 0 comments
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