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A review of Them by Nathan McCall

What happens when a poor, African-American neighborhood becomes attractive to whites because it is convenient to downtown (or convenient to another place whites are interested in?) Urban planners call it gentrification.  Some journalists call the whites pioneers.  Sometimes the affected African-Americans call their new neighbors something far less flattering.  It hasn't happened in Madison to the degree it has elsewhere...but its been a huge issue in our nearby Chicago ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
December 29, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of The Ever-Running Man by Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller has been writing Sharon McCone mysteries for decades ( the first, ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 28, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of The Double Bind by Christopher A Bohjalian

In an author's note opening his book The Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian tells us that the ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
December 27, 2007 | 1 comment
All right, let's face it.  Many of us got into library work for one reason and one reason alone: to alphabetize things.  I'm sorry if that's not a real lofty career goal.  But I find putting books in order by their authors' last names extremely, extremely satisfying.  And calming.  And good. The same part of my tiny brain that is amused by putting titles in alphabetical order is also thoroughly stimulated by the end-of-the-year ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
December 26, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Madison Public Library offered a promotional contest for free tickets to a sneak preview of the movie The Kite Runner based on the book by ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 22, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Free For All by Don Borchert

When I stumbled across Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and ...read more

Reviewed by Robin - Pinney on
December 21, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Sick Girl by Amy Silverstein

Living with a chronic illness can be difficult, and as Amy Silverstein points out in her book, Sick Girl, it can also be hard to live with a transplanted organ.  The difference between the two is that people expect someone to have problems with the chronic illness but not with a ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 20, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Last Seen Leaving by Kelly Braffet

Last Seen Leaving by Kelly Braffet is an interesting little gem.  It's, of course, a book about grief (I do ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
December 18, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of One More Time by Carol Burnett

The other night on PBS there was a biography special on about comedian Carol Burnett, and although I didn't mean to watch it, I made the mistake of leaving it on for a few minutes, and then I was hooked. Perhaps I should explain.  When I was little I read a lot of adult books, because that's pretty much what was in our house.  In addition to reading a few things that were probably a little "old" for me, I ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
December 17, 2007 | 1 comment
A review of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I will make the proclamation:  2007 is the year of Joe Hill.  This guy can write! First up was Heart-Shaped Box, reviewed ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 15, 2007 | 2 comments
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