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
A review of Extracurricular Activities by Maggie Barbieri

Extracurricular Activies by Maggie Barbieri is labeled a mystery but is really a humorous chick lit/ more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
February 12, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Nobodies by John Bowe

Not very, if you believe John Bowe and his book Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy. Don't let that long title scare you off.  Bowe's book is a remarkably succinct, personably written account of his more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 11, 2008 | 0 comments
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 1, 2008 | 0 comments
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