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A review of A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

Ask most Americans about what transpired between Columbus' sighting of the New World and the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving, and you're likely to get a blank look in response.  At least, that was the experience of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Tony Horwitz, who was appalled to discover that in spite of a college ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

I've heard of fortune telling by reading tea leaves, palms, tarot cards, crystal balls and Ouija boards, but reading patterns in lace is new to me.  The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry features the Whitney women of Salem and their psychic ability to read lace.  This talent is complex--not only ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 3, 2008 | 3 comments
A review of Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne

Absolute Brightness was recommended to me by my niece, a ferocious reader, who once read  ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
September 2, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Who would have thought that a series that seemed so creative and innovative when Janet Evanovich wrote  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 29, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of A Much Married Man by Nicholas Coleridge

There's nothing like a good British soap opera/social comedy.  Especially in the summer.  Nicholas Coleridge's ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
August 28, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of 500 Esssential Graphic Novels by Gene Kannenberg

Gene Kannenberg, Jr. has compiled a book containing what he calls the 500 Essential Graphic Novels : The Ultimate Guide.  Now that's the sort of inflated title that's just begging to be punctured once or twice.  Kannenberg even helps by admitting upfront that the phrase "graphic ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
August 27, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

I feel like I'm going to write a back-to-school report entitled "What I Read on My Summer Vacation".  I'm just back from a trip to Isle Royale National Park and since the island has no tv, telephone, computer, or radio, there was time to read in the evening after hiking all day. First up was ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 26, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of In The Night Garden by Catherynne M Valente

Reminiscent of Scheherezade and her need to tell a story in order to live one more night, The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden begins with an orphan with no name or history telling stories to the son of the Sultan.  ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 25, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

According to Wikipedia, generation loss is "anything that reduces the quality of the representation when copying, and would cause further reduction in quality on making a copy of the copy".  After reading Elizabeth Hand's book  ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 22, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen

Mamma Mia! the popular stage musical and now feature film starring Meryl Streep celebrates feminism and sexual liberation in such a playful, entertaining way that many moviegoers might not even think much about it. Meryl's character cavorts with her middle-aged pals and frets over her daughter finding out that she slept with three different men the summer that her daughter was conceived. Everyone is dancing, everyone ends up happy, no harm ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 21, 2008 | 2 comments
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