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A review of The Mystery Guest by Grégoire Bouillier

Prize-winning French writer Grégoire Bouillier's work in translation, The Mystery Guest:  An Account surprises, mystifies and draws you in.  The memoir begins the moment in 1990 when Bouillier receives a phone call from an ex-girlfriend inviting him to a party - this seems simple enough.  But then ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 7, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle

…or so we find in the new novel, Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle.  Dana Halter is a young, confident, accomplished deaf woman who teaches at a local school.  When she's pulled over for a routine traffic violation she ends up in jail due to the bad behavior of ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 6, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of City of Pearl by Karen Traviss

Lately I've been reading some good books, but none that are wowing me.  I realized that what I was longing for was some good science fiction.  Since I didn't find anything on the shelf here at the library that grabbed me, I dug through my tbr (to be read) bookshelves at home and came up with ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 3, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout

 Tyler Caskey is the new minister in the small town of West Annett, Maine who recently lost his young wife.  A year after her death he continues to suffer other losses.  He’s already lost one of his daughters to his mother who took the child after his wife died.  He’s losing his older daughter Katherine to a silence and peculiar behavior he doesn’t understand.  He’s lost his housekeeper Connie who was a source of stability in his downward spiral of grief.  And ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy - Sequoya on
November 2, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Two selections by David Rakoff

Tired of waiting for your copy of Augusten Burroughs's new book of essays, Possible Side Effects?  Already read everything by ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
November 1, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

I did like the new book by Anna Quindlen.  But I also found it irritating in some ways that are hard to explain.  One reason for that might be that the characters are somewhat cliched and predictable.  There is the celebrity TV news star Meghan (think Katie Couric) and her social ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 31, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of This is Not Chick Lit by Elizabeth Merrick

This is NOT Chick Lit. The bright pink letters on the cover of this short story anthology give it away before you crack the first page. Author Elizabeth Merrick has compiled some excellent women writer's short fiction, stories that don't ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 28, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Hit By a Farm by Catherine Friend

Children's author Catherine Friend didn't know it, but her life was about to change.  She learned just how much the morning she had to put her hand around a ram's testicles. It was never Friend's dream to farm.  But ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
October 27, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke

When we help readers choose books, often one of the important factors is a sense of place. If that is something that contributes to a good read for you, James Lee Burke is a master.  He describes the bayous and people of New Iberia and New Orleans, Lousiana, in such a way that you can see the ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
October 26, 2006 | 5 comments
A review of Hunger: An Unnatural History by Sherman Apt Russell

With actresses getting thinner and models almost disappearing, you can't help but wonder how hungry they must be.  (Did anyone see VH1's 20 Skinniest Celebs?)  With this in mind, the book Hunger: An Unnatural ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
October 25, 2006 | 0 comments
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