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A review of The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey

It is my good fortune to have discovered Margot Livesey's The House on Fortune Street. ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 19, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

It's apt that Carrie Fisher's new memoir/one-woman show Wishful Drinking features her iconic image of Princess Leia on the cover.  Just as Leia ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 18, 2009 | 4 comments
A review of Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs

I really want you to like Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs.  The main character, Augusta (Gus) Simpson, is a Martha Stewart-like celebrity who hosts her own show on the CookingChannel.  She is a wonderful cook, always perfectly dressed, attractive and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 17, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Some books take a while to get into, that is probably why the "fifty page rule" came into play.  Other books pull you in from the first page on.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 16, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Wounded Warriors by Mike Sager

 When I saw the title on Mike Sager's new book, Wounded Warriors : Those for Whom the War Never Ends, I figured it ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
February 13, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of No One Tells Everything by Rae Meadows

Madison author Rae Meadows' second novel No One Tells Everything began as a real murder case between ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
February 12, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

I somehow missed a very important aspect of Andrew Davidson's debut novel The Gargoyle when I skimmed some blurbs about it: the protagonist is a former porn star/director/producer.  I'm not usually easily offended, but I almost put down the book after the first few chapters, which detail the narrator ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
February 11, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Life, Death & Bialys by Dylan Schaffer

Memoirs by adult survivors of dysfunctional families are a proliferating sub-genre, but this one is particularly appealing and readable.  Life, Death & Bialys: A Father/Son ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
February 10, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Turning Tables by Heather & Rose MacDowell

If you work in a library - or even if you're just a big reader - sooner or later you're going to have a book show up amidst your reserves that makes you wonder what or who prompted you to request it.  Often these books don't grab me and I'm even more puzzled about why I came to request them.  But every now and then one of them is just right.  Turning Tables by Heather & Rose ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 9, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of French Milk by Lucy Knisley

quatre semaines à Paris! I had French envy from head to toe while reading about artist Lucy Knisley and her mother, who spent four weeks in Paris during the semester break of Lucy's senior year of study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their stay is chronicled in drawings and photographs and very generously depicts every morsel of food that they ate: fromage, croissants, baguettes, blood oranges, pâtés, moules, wine, wine, wine. Every ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 9, 2009 | 0 comments
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