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A review of The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black

A few years ago, Benjamin Black (or John Banville as he is known in real life) introduced the world to his reluctant Irish sleuth/pathologist Quirke in the moody noir Christine Falls.  With ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 5, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward

I must be really thick.  There's a twist in this novel I did not get.  I'm talking about Forgive Me by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson

I admit it, sometimes I need a little bit of fluff.  I can get really bogged down with very serious novels, usually teen fiction, that feature death, abuse, drugs, suicide and other generally depressing topics.  What is a reader to do?  Take a break and read something fluffy. My latest foray into the fluff genre was ...read more

Reviewed by Kelly - Central on
April 3, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of The Headmaster's Papers by Richard A Hawley

Need to add more titles to your "To Read" list?  A while ago I stumbled across a great book called Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission, in which famous authors list some of their favorite under appreciated and ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
April 1, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead

...it's a helluva town! Pet subjects.  We all have them.  Some people like to read everything they can find about the Founding Fathers.  Others can't get enough science books, or memoirs.  For others, novels set in the Wild West is what it's all about.  For me?  I'll read anything you give me about New York City. New York City is just one pet subject for me among many, but it's a rewarding one, not only because a lot of novels are set there, but also because so ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 31, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier

I like baking tarts.  I have a nice tart pan.  When I bake using a pie plate and the contents look like pie, I will still introduce it as a tart.  Why not?  I like tarts!  According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, a tart is defined as a dish baked in a pastry shell:  "pie: a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit."   So, tart it is.  I think I am safe. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 28, 2008 | 3 comments
A review of Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has made her mark in the book world by writing books that fit solidly into the chick-lit category.  She is best known for the Shopaholic series with Becky Bloomwood.  Although ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 27, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of One Grave Too Many by Beverly Connor

I've just finished the latest Diane Fallon mystery by Beverly Connor and wanted to give a shout out to this under-the-radar author.  Diane Fallon was introduced in  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 25, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Children by Charles Bock

To my knowledge, sin city has not been in the literary spotlight since the 1990's with the book Leaving Las Vegas (yep, it was a book first, like many good movies).  ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
March 24, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Descendents by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Nothing like a good novel set in Hawaii to take me out of my mid-March-there's-still-snow-on-the-ground(!!!) misery.  I just let the descriptions of the sunsets on the beach and the tropical mountains wash over me and sweep me out of this mess. The Descendants by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
March 22, 2008 | 0 comments
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