South Madison’s book discussion group for Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food had a small attendance on Saturday, but the discussion covered a variety of topics: from the economics of modern day farming to how our own parents and grandparents cooked, more

Reviewed by Lori - South Madison on
September 24, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of You'll Never Know by Carol Tyler

It seems like Carol Tyler has been kicking around the comics scene since it was referred to as the underground comics scene.  In the last few years, she's turned her attention to the full-length graphic novel.  Her latest, more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 22, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

If you haven't read Suzanne Collins' book The Hunger Games, be aware this review will have spoilers in it. A year ago, Suzanne Collins came out with the first book in her new trilogy, The Hunger Games.  I more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 21, 2009 | 0 comments
A while ago Jane posted news about some hot titles coming out in the near future, which got me thinking.  I find that as the summer season winds down in Madison, not only do I look forward to the many activities of a university town but also to the rush of books that come out in the fall by some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to reading these new more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
September 18, 2009 | 2 comments
Guided by Susan Lampert Smith and her husband Matt who brought delicious food from their farm "Blue Valley Gardens", the Go Big Read book discussion Thursday night at Sequoya of Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food was a lively foray into corporate versus small farms, school lunch more

Reviewed by Tracy - Sequoya on
September 18, 2009 | 1 comment
A review of Secret Sanction by Brian Haig

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for a man in a uniform.  That said I don't go for most military shows, but something about the combination of the legal puzzles and David James Elliot in that uniform sucked me into watching JAG.  At least for the first few seasons - when Harm started to go undercover on secret missions to save the world, I considered it jump the shark time.  Though the show became too improbable, the combination of law and the military still trip my trigger, so to more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 17, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of: Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick

I didn't receive a lot of guidance in terms of reading when I was a kid; I was basically allowed to read whatever I liked and if I didn't understand something, I looked it up.  This wasn't really a problem until I started reading Holocaust literature, but that's a story for another day.  My parents were very free and breezy with books.  There were always a lot of books lying around the house, I was allowed to check out whatever I wanted from the library and my mom would buy me a more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 15, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

I laughed out loud eighty-four times over the course of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys.  Some were mere chuckles more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
September 14, 2009 | 0 comments
Mary's comment on a different thread prompted me to look into Reading-list-gate-- it's the first I'd heard of it.  Five books must mean it's a pretty short vacation.  Or he's assuming other things will come along to suck up more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
September 12, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Farm City by Novella Carpenter

The idea of growing vegetables on an abandoned empty lot in Oakland doesn't seem too unreasonable; expanding to include rabbits, poultry, and even pigs makes it seem like a bigger undertaking, but Novella Carpenter and her partner take it all in stride.  Carpenter documents their more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
September 11, 2009 | 0 comments
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