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A review of Blue Justice by Illona Haus

While I was reading Illona Haus's third mystery featuring Baltimore Detective Kay Delaney I was walking past rows of pigs daily and let me tell you, ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 8, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

I grew up in the land of the supper club.  Fish Fry was every Friday night and if you were lucky and your parents were feeling generous, they might allow you to order shrimp scampi instead of the standard fried cod/perch/walleye.  There are many, many admirable restaurants in the Madison area, but few that are like the traditional supper clubs up north, and even fewer that serve shrimp scampi in a little ramekin.  Red Lobster does, though.  And I ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 6, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning has been a part of my consciousness since my earliest days ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
December 5, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley

Is it sacrilegious to be ambivalent about a book by Jane Smiley?  The multiple award winning author (Pulitzer, National Book Awards, to name 2) published ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
December 3, 2007 | 1 comment
A review of City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin

Berlin in the 1920s was a desperate city, its collection of decadant cabarets a veneer for a population struggling to survive after the horrors of the first World War.  As such, it's an apt home for Esther Solomonova, a Jewish Russian emigree who bears the literal and emotional scars of the tumultuous Russian revolution.  She has only begun to put her past behind her when her employer, the flamboyant club owner 'Prince' Nick, discovers a woman in a local insane hospital that ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 3, 2007 | 3 comments
The other day I was walking past the circulation desk, where all the books on "hold" for patrons were waiting, and a big thick book on Richard Nixon caught my eye.  Now, I know the job of president is a big one, and presidents deserve to have big books written about them.  ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
December 2, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of The Dead Hour by Denise Mina

I discovered the author Denise Mina a few years ago and have read and enjoyed some of her newer books: The Dead ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
November 30, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of The Most Important Fish in the Sea by H. Bruce Franklin

A species of little fishes which I had never heard of before is the subject of a fascinating new book.  Rutgers English professor H. Bruce Franklin, an enthusiastic saltwater angler, sounds an eye-opening environmental alarm in ...read more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
November 29, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Slam by Nick Hornby

A new arena for Nick Hornby -- young adult fiction-- works out really well with this latest novel, Slam. ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 28, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk is the sparkling gem that reminded me a little of ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
November 27, 2007 | 0 comments
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