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a review of Hall of Best Knowledge by Ray Fenwick

I have certainly wasted my fair share of time reading tabloid magazines.  When I dip into an issue of "Hollywood's Best and Worst Bodies" I know what to expect.  The photos may be doctored and privacy may be invaded, snarky commentary will be provided by comedians and/or celebrity stylists and the following week enraged publicists will fight back with new, better than ever photos of their wronged, misrepresented clients.    With ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 11, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe

I’m always on the lookout for new crime writers who can join the company of authors such as Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos.  I think that I’ve found one in The Calling.  The pseudonymous Inger Ash Wolfe has written an engaging and suspenseful crime novel.  I hope these characters ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 10, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman's latest novel, The Third Angel, tells the story of three women at important moments in ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
June 9, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

Many people think that the sensationalization (is that a word?) of crime began with the OJ Simpson trial.  Of course that's one that certainly impacted on the media and our psyches, but the sensationalist nature of heinous crimes has been around for a long time; as Kate Summerscale ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 7, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Life Sucks by Jessica Abel

Life Sucks provides a  funny spin on the seemingly endless spate of vampire fiction.  At least, this was my first encounter with a vegan-wannabe vampire slacker ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
June 6, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Certain Girls is the sequel to Good in Bed by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 5, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Lifelines by C.J. Lyons

Fast paced drama situated in the emergency room of a city hospital.  Sounds like a television show, right?  C. J. Lyons' debut mystery, Lifelines, certainly has all the excitement of such a show.  The writing is tight as we follow the new Emergency Room ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
June 3, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courtney E Martin

I read about anorexia.  I think it's because ages ago when I was a nurse, an anorexic woman was admitted to my floor.  She was so thin, it hurt to look at her.  That was way before anorexia was widely known as a disease and we had no idea what to do with her or how to help her.  How inconceivable that someone would want to starve themselves.  The few days she was with us stayed with me over the years and so I'm drawn to books about it. ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
June 2, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J Shields

After reading Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields, I thought it would make sense to revisit ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
May 31, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Novellas aren't usually my thing.  Not because I think they can't be good - but because they may be exactly that.  I like to dive in and submerse myself in a book and when a novella is good, the primary feeling I have as I finish is of wanting more.  Occasionally I do find the story that is perfectly suited to the novella form.  I find an author who has such nice control of his plot and characters that the shorter length works  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 30, 2008 | 1 comment
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