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A review of In The Night Garden by Catherynne M Valente

Reminiscent of Scheherezade and her need to tell a story in order to live one more night, The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden begins with an orphan with no name or history telling stories to the son of the Sultan.  ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 25, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

According to Wikipedia, generation loss is "anything that reduces the quality of the representation when copying, and would cause further reduction in quality on making a copy of the copy".  After reading Elizabeth Hand's book  ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 22, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen

Mamma Mia! the popular stage musical and now feature film starring Meryl Streep celebrates feminism and sexual liberation in such a playful, entertaining way that many moviegoers might not even think much about it. Meryl's character cavorts with her middle-aged pals and frets over her daughter finding out that she slept with three different men the summer that her daughter was conceived. Everyone is dancing, everyone ends up happy, no harm ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 21, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

"These are strange times to be a Jew." That's a common refrain in the Federal Districk of Sitka, Alaska.   After losing the war to the Palestinians, European Jews settled on the frigid coast of Alaska, left to fend for themselves for 60 years.  But the district is about to revert to Alaskan jurisdiction, and three milion Jews have started the long, uncertain journey in search of a new homeland.  Detective (noz) Meyer Landsman should be ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 20, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm

 Satchel Paige: Striking out Jim Crow is a fast read (less than 90 pages) which is more a story of the segregated South than a biography of Satchel Paige. The author, UW-Madison alumnus James Sturm, throws a curveball ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
August 19, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

Hold Tight, Harlan Coban's new suspense novel poses a lot of "what ifs?"  For example, what if ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Facebook Book by Greg Atwan

The Facebook Book by Greg Atwan was designed, supposedly, as a humor book.  But it actually had some real-life conundrums and their potential solutions.  It was kinda funny too, but mostly useful. If you have a Facebook profile, then ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
August 15, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of What You Have Left by Will Allison

I seem to be coming across some great little novels lately. What You Have Left, by Will Allison is one of them. In it, Holly is left at her grandfather Cal's farm when her mother dies in a boating accident.  Her dad, Wylie, keeps only minor contact during her childhood and Holly grows up ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
August 14, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder. Volume 1 by Frank Miller

Frank Miller, along with artist Jim Lee, recently added a new Batman story to his catalog that began with ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
August 13, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

(Or, the real life adventures of two librarians at the 12:01 am release party for Breaking Dawn at Borders West in Madison on Saturday, August 2.) Molly: Everyone was giddy with excitement, sugar and caffeine.  The party had been going since 9:30 pm with trivia, costumes and such, but we didn't ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
August 12, 2008 | 1 comment
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