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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
A review of Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

It can be tough making new friends and even tougher keeping them.  It seems like the older I get, the harder it is.  Of the friends that I made in junior high and high school, I have stayed in touch with only three.  My junior high and high school best friend and I email almost daily, another I am in touch with here and there and one I catch up with over the holidays.  All of my other BFFs from ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 26, 2008 | 2 comments
A review of Darkling I Listen by John Evangelist Walsh

I am not a poetry reader.  But I have to hand it to poets; they can often put words together in such a way that their phrases really stick with you. Take John Keats.  One of his most famous poems was "Ode to a Nightingale," which included, among ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
January 25, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Sometimes it takes a while for a book to make it onto readers' radar, and if that book has been published in another language, some great authors may never make it onto readers' book lists.  Per Petterson's novel ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 24, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper's Wife tells an unusual story of life in Poland during World War II.  Only this one includes both people and animals.  It is the story of the zookeeping Zabinski family, which includes Jan and his wife Antonina, and their son Rys (short for Ryszard, the ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 23, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard

There isn't much to the short stories collected in Three-Ten to Yuma. The title story is over and done in the blink of an eye.  I can see that the elements of the story would make for an exciting ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
January 22, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

I am not very good at keeping things updated.  Every card I have is pretty much expired all the time; all my computer software is about 4 versions old; and I won't buy any new electronics because frankly, I haven't the heart to learn how to use them. But some things, I like to keep on top of.  And one of those things is tracking down every single new work of fiction that is written--not BY Jane Austen, that would be quite the trick--but that is written in her style and usually set in ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
January 19, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me by Paula Begoun

I spend a significant part of my day reading book reviews, then deciding if the books are worth buying for the library, whether or not people will check them out, and which libraries would fit best with which books.  Some folks might get tired of reading reviews when the work day is done, but I really enjoy it.  I continue on my quest for assessment when looking for entertainment: reading movie reviews, reviews of television shows, restaurants, hotels and roadside attractions when on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta avoids cliche in the set up of The Abstinence Teacher, his newest fiction work about a former addict now evangelical christian and his relationship (will it be ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
January 17, 2008 | 0 comments
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