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A review of Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt

Forget spring cleaning, I am in the mood for spring reading out in the warm sun.  Come on warm sun!  Maybe it was my early Trixie Belden reading habits, but I just love a good mystery series.  Some of my favorites are Julie Smith's ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
April 10, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

2008 will go down in my personal history as the year I learned to bake bread and read a million books about France.  After I finished reading Confessions of a French Baker, I went to the shelves to look for more Peter Mayle and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 9, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson

It is a day like most other days for the McMartin family, as they sit at their breakfast table.  Both daughters, Helen who is about to start her senior year in high school and Miranda, who is about to start college, want to use the car.   Eventually Miranda wins the battle, and that decision is one that will have lasting effects on the entire family.  So begins the first chapter of ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 8, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Rock On by Dan Kennedy

So Dan Kennedy has written a truly funny (and witty, which isn't the same) book about working for the ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
April 7, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black

A few years ago, Benjamin Black (or John Banville as he is known in real life) introduced the world to his reluctant Irish sleuth/pathologist Quirke in the moody noir Christine Falls.  With ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 5, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward

I must be really thick.  There's a twist in this novel I did not get.  I'm talking about Forgive Me by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Sleeping with the Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson

I admit it, sometimes I need a little bit of fluff.  I can get really bogged down with very serious novels, usually teen fiction, that feature death, abuse, drugs, suicide and other generally depressing topics.  What is a reader to do?  Take a break and read something fluffy. My latest foray into the fluff genre was ...read more

Reviewed by Kelly - Central on
April 3, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of The Headmaster's Papers by Richard A Hawley

Need to add more titles to your "To Read" list?  A while ago I stumbled across a great book called Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission, in which famous authors list some of their favorite under appreciated and ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
April 1, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead

...it's a helluva town! Pet subjects.  We all have them.  Some people like to read everything they can find about the Founding Fathers.  Others can't get enough science books, or memoirs.  For others, novels set in the Wild West is what it's all about.  For me?  I'll read anything you give me about New York City. New York City is just one pet subject for me among many, but it's a rewarding one, not only because a lot of novels are set there, but also because so ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 31, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Chocolate & Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier

I like baking tarts.  I have a nice tart pan.  When I bake using a pie plate and the contents look like pie, I will still introduce it as a tart.  Why not?  I like tarts!  According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, a tart is defined as a dish baked in a pastry shell:  "pie: a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit."   So, tart it is.  I think I am safe. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 28, 2008 | 3 comments
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