A review of The Night of Your Life by Jesse Reklaw

Did I ever tell you about my dream? Not the life's purpose sort.  I mean the kind of dream you have when you're asleep.  This one I remember, I was hanging out at Paul Shaffer's house, and I think we were waiting for his mother to show up.  Dave may have been there, but he didn't do anything.  I went into the kitchen and looked into this big pot that was on the stove. more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
December 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane's new book The Given Day, is historical fiction that truly brings an era from our past alive, in more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 3, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell writes dark, unflinching tales about the rural poor, in a style he calls “country noir”. Not the slightest bit kitschy or sentimental, Woodrell’s beautiful writing in this sad and violent book caught me completely off-guard. He has created one of the most memorable teenage characters I have ever discovered in fiction -- and her story is spectacularly readable and rewardingly provocative. more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
December 1, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly's latest best seller, The Brass Verdict, finds his two popular characters, Harry more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
November 29, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Madness by Marya Hornbacher

Anyone who has visited a library or bookstore in the last 10 years knows that memoirs have recently become a publishing phenomenon. Of course memoirs have always been around, but those of you who doubt the recent spike in popularity of this genre need only read Entertainment Weekly magazine's nearly exhaustive list of memoirs published since 1995. I'll readily admit that I'm addicted to memoirs: I've read more

Reviewed by Mary F - Central on
November 26, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Long before Mean Girls and Heathers were popular more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 24, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Freddie & Me by Mike Dawson

"When I think of Queen I remember my whole life" writes Mike Dawson towards the beginning of his rather lengthy semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Freddie & Me : A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody.  And while Mike's more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
November 21, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of Everything Nice by Ellen Shanman

I'm short (5'3" on a good day) and like many of the vertically challenged I've often wished I were taller.  Perhaps that can explain why I'm drawn to books with tall women protagonists (and my strange obsession with America's Next Top Model).  The latest reads in my quest to live vicariously through the tall are more

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November 20, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Dark Banquet by Bill Schutt

With the film version of the book Twilight opening this week, vampire fever seems to have descended on the nation.  "Vampy" fiction is in high demand and library hold lists are building.  While you wait, why not spend some time learning about real vampires?  They are very strange, interesting and often connected to your everyday life more

Reviewed by Barbara - Alicia Ashman on
November 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Trespass by Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is a wonderful writer.  Somehow she grabs you from the first sentence, makes you love her characters, and holds your interest to the very end. Each of her novels is different: more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
November 17, 2008 | 1 comment
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