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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, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 9, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Oscar Season by Mary McNamara

Oscar Season that is.  Mary McNamara's debut novel is two parts show business and one part mystery.  This mix is just about right and Ms. McNamara's experience as a television critic for the Los Angeles Times makes the scandalous doings of the "beautiful people" seem all the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
February 8, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortensen's experiences in the mountains of Pakistan after a failed mountain climbing expedition were life changing.  The ways in which that experience changed his life are remarkable and they show how much impact one determined person can have.  Mortensen's mission to provide ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 7, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I just realized the first three books I have read this year have all revolved around spirituality.  Now normally MADreads reviews tackle just one book, but this one is going to try and do all three. Very quickly of course. First off, American Gods, my first ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
February 5, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Rocky Stories by Michael Vitez

...he was Rocky.  And Sylvester Stallone, in writing and acting the part of down-on-his-luck Philly boxer Rocky Balboa, was a 1970s and 80s movie phenomenon, eventually going the distance against contenders including Apollo Creed and Mr. T. You'd think ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Reindeer People by Piers Vitebsky

According to anthropologist Piers Vitebsky, for thousands of years of human history, reindeer were a central means of life.  Entire cultures evolved around the hunting and/or raising of them.  In Siberia, native tribes managed to domesticate reindeer, much in the manner of cattle and horses.  The reindeer provided these tribes with meat, clothing, transportation, and spiritual access. Vitebsky's ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
February 2, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of What is the What by Dave Eggers

I had read so many good reviews about Dave Eggers' What Is the What ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 1, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Hot by Julia Harper

Tired of this frozen season?  Need to feel a little warmer and remind yourself about Wisconsin when it's not feeling like fifty below.  You're in luck.  Julia Harper's new book Hot is just the ticket. Turner Hastings is a librarian in a small Northern Wisconsin town ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 31, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Happy Kitty Bunny Pony by Pop Ink

Happy Kitty Bunny Pony: A Saccharine Mouthful of Super Cute was a great book to browse and laugh at after visiting the Art Institute of Chicago.  Alongside ultra-cute drawings and photos of (you guessed it) kitties, bunnies, and ponies, are witty, cutting lines like: "Ponies scare easily.  If you open an umbrella near ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
January 29, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

Canadian author Lawrence Hill's version of the slave narrative is different from previous novels in this genre including the two written by Lalita Tademy ( ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
January 28, 2008 | 0 comments
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