A review of Sweet Land by Will Weaver

I have an older friend who likes to say this: "You can't win for losin'." I don't know exactly it means, but it's one of my favorite variations on "damned if you do, damned if you don't."  And when I finished Will Weaver's slim but thoughtful Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories, that's exactly more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 26, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

 Almost 20 months have passed since I reviewed Douglas Coupland's previous book JPod.  That was another niche novel about Gen-Xers, not unlike Coupland's more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 22, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of AA Gill is away by A.A. Gill

AA Gill hasn't liked all of the places he's visited.  For someone like me, who went to Rome and didn't toss any coins into Trevi Fountain, this was a relief. In hindsight, I'm glad to have taken the trip, but I'm not more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
February 21, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Death Song by Michael McGarrity

Mysteries set in the Southwest and New Mexico are always  appealing; the very popular books written by Tony Hillerman are a good example of this. more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 20, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of One Perfect Day by Rebecca Mead

With drifts of snow everywhere, it's hard to imagine getting ready for the warm months and the weddings that come with them.  I've been to (and in) my fair share of weddings, and seeing an ad for a wedding expo the other night got me thinking about the current state of the American wedding.   Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker was thinking along the same lines when she started research for more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 19, 2008 | 5 comments
A review of A Year with the Queen by Robert Hardman

The one thing I wasn't expecting to learn from Robert Hardman's beautifully photographed volume A Year with the Queen is that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is, not to put too fine a point on it, saucy. I came to this conclusion after reading about the Queen's portrait session with famed American photographer Annie more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Picturing the Wreck by Dani Shapiro

... and have since I read her 2003 novel Family History, which chronicles how a defiant daughter can unhinge a marriage and entire family.  Then I read her memoir, more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
February 15, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg

My New Year’s resolution for 2008 was to become an artisan bread baker in five minutes a day.  But I was still on the waiting list to check out the book Artisan Bread more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 14, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Scroll of Seduction by Gioconda Belli

I'm not a reader of historical fiction.  I get lost in the maze of characters needed to set the stage for the story.  My grasp of history is almost nonexistent, I'm afraid.  Why didn't I pay attention in my history classes?  Why can I remember where Colin Firth was born, but not the kings and queens of Spain?  But when a friend recommended more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 13, 2008 | 2 comments
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