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A review of Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

In Wisconsin we have many reasons to be curious about Frank Lloyd Wright's personal life.  His impact on our local architecture has certainly been lasting.  And we do know a lot about him, a lot of it unfavorable, such as his dominating and opinionated personality and his financial problems.  Although he was married several times, we don't know as much about the women in his life.  I toured his home in ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 17, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of The Enlightened Bracketologist by Mark Reiter

Every March for the past few years, I've dutifully clipped out the NCAA brackets printed in the local newspaper.  Gleefully filling out the grid as unheard of teams knocked off powerhouses, or advancing favorites on a steady march to the final games, there's one thing that I've learned:  brackets rarely lend themselves to any type of logic. Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir beg to differ.  They claim that the NCAA has done an admirable effort in bringing brakets to the forefront ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 16, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Major Crush by Jennifer Echols

Confession time.  I was a marching band majorette.  And a pageant participant.  I could totally relate to the high school antics found in Major Crush by Jennifer Echols and this was the perfect "between books" YA title to tide me over until that new ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
March 14, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of This Is As Bad As It Gets by Voutch I was feeling lousy last week.  Sick of the winter, sick of Decision 2008, then sick of this winter some more.  So I was desperately in need of something, anything, to bring a little levity back into my soul.  And I'll be, if the comic collection This Is As Bad As It Gets ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 13, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Rethinking Thin by Gina Bari Kolata

Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with weight.  Don't ask me why; I don't really have a weight problem.  I also love Gina Kolata.  I discovered her a few years ago whe she wrote a fascinating book on the ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
March 12, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Now really: I have LOVED Richard Russo a very long time.  I discovered him back when Four Star Books was open (and many people probably have no idea Four Star ever had books.)  Back then, it was the late '80s, ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
March 11, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of If You Didn't Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat? by Bill Heavey

Bill Heavey is known to some folks for writing the "Sportsman's Life" column in Field & Stream.   He's unlike any outdoorsman I've ever known in that he, frankly and with great humor, tells ...read more

Reviewed by Robin - Pinney on
March 10, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I was given the audiobook version of Firefly Lane by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 7, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld

The books I'm about to suggest are not, I repeat, NOT, books that can be viewed as "pleasure reading."  They are sad, they are graphic, and they will make you wonder about the whole human race in general. Still with me?  Okay.  The books in question are titled Machete Season and Life Laid Bare.  They are oral histories, gathered by French journalist Jean Hatzfeld (and translated into English by Linda Coverdale), and they are about the Rwandan genocide.  In the first ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 6, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Every now and then a cult favorite emerges from the world of kiddie lit (some recent hits include Captain Underpants and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 5, 2008 | 0 comments
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