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A review of Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld

The books I'm about to suggest are not, I repeat, NOT, books that can be viewed as "pleasure reading."  They are sad, they are graphic, and they will make you wonder about the whole human race in general. Still with me?  Okay.  The books in question are titled Machete Season and Life Laid Bare.  They are oral histories, gathered by French journalist Jean Hatzfeld (and translated into English by Linda Coverdale), and they are about the Rwandan genocide.  In the first ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 6, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Every now and then a cult favorite emerges from the world of kiddie lit (some recent hits include Captain Underpants and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 5, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman

I just read a great romance by Jo Goodman - my first by her, though it won't be my last - but one of the things that occurred to me when I put it down was how generic the title was and how it doesn't fit the book at all.  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 4, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton began her mystery series featuring Kinsey Milhone in 1982 with A is for Alibi. ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 3, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of All The Money In The World by Peter W Bernstein

Wanna read about how the other half (or, more accurately, the other top 1%) lives? Then I would highly recommend the surprisingly interesting All the Money in the World: How the Forbes 400 Make--and Spend--Their Fortunes, by Peter Bernstein and Annalyn Swan ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
March 1, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Who knew happiness was a topic of study?  Apparently there's an entire science dedicated to it - positive psychology.  And, believe it or not, a World Database of Happiness in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  This database not only keeps track of the happiness quotient of people, but also ranks countries on a happiness scale. So, smart ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
February 29, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker's latest thriller L.A. Outlaws features anti-hero Allison Murrieta who claims to be ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
February 28, 2008 | 0 comments
A review of The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller

When I saw the blurb for this book, it seemed as if it was a ripped-from-the-headlines plot: wife of politician loves him and stays at his side despite his likely numerous affairs.  When one affair with much younger woman is too obvious to deny, they remain married but lead separate lives. Now here's the thing: ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
February 27, 2008 | 1 comment
A review of Sweet Land by Will Weaver

I have an older friend who likes to say this: "You can't win for losin'." I don't know exactly it means, but it's one of my favorite variations on "damned if you do, damned if you don't."  And when I finished Will Weaver's slim but thoughtful Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories, that's exactly ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
February 26, 2008 | 0 comments
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