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A review of A Year with the Queen by Robert Hardman

The one thing I wasn't expecting to learn from Robert Hardman's beautifully photographed volume A Year with the Queen is that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is, not to put too fine a point on it, saucy. I came to this conclusion after reading about the Queen's portrait session with famed American photographer Annie ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 18, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Picturing the Wreck by Dani Shapiro

... and have since I read her 2003 novel Family History, which chronicles how a defiant daughter can unhinge a marriage and entire family.  Then I read her memoir, ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
February 15, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg

My New Year’s resolution for 2008 was to become an artisan bread baker in five minutes a day.  But I was still on the waiting list to check out the book Artisan Bread ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 14, 2008 | 0 comments
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 ...read 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/ ...read 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 ...read 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, ...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
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