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A review of My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman

I am a long-time fan of Elinor Lipman.  I like her dry sense of humor, her main characters and how she portrays their lives.  She usually tells her story from a woman's point of view, often a young woman, as in  ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 6, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Monster, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa

As I've become more involved with the library's Anime Clubs, I've been trying to learn more about anime and manga. Looking through the library's suggested resources on the subjects, I found reviews ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
July 5, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell

I read Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell while on vacation in Texas a year and a half ago in 100 degree heat. Author Jim visits his cousin Heimo in the vast wilderness ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
July 3, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

In her latest thriller, bestselling author Tami Hoag reunites Homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska first introduced in the novel Ashes to Ashes. Minneapolis criminal-court judge and former ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
June 27, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Cleaning Your Home: 671 Secrets the Pros Know by Vicki Christian

I wish!  The new Better Homes and Gardens “Ask the Experts” series title, Cleaning Your Home:  671 Secrets the Pros Know offers clear, easy-to-follow advice on cleaning and disinfecting every household surface.  Do I want sparkling walls and ceilings?  Yes!  Do I want to spend 30 minutes every morning vacuuming and wiping ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 26, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Sleep With Me by Joanna Briscoe

Mousy Sylvie.  Unobtrusive Sylvie. Forgettable Sylvie.  But for Richard and Lelia who meet this ordinary woman at a Christmas party, Sylvie Lavigne turns out to be anything but.  In alternating chapters told in the voices of Richard and Lelia we learn about Sylvie and the effect she has on their lives.  From happenstance meetings, anonymous snippets of a novel on Richard’s email, and secret memories from Lelia’s childhood, Sylvie insinuates  ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy - Sequoya on
June 22, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird

I always love to know what writers are reading, so I often check out their websites for recommendations.  I enjoyed local writer Dean Bakopoulos' Please Don't Come Back from the Moon and recently read one ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
June 21, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of In Plain Sight by C.J. Box

Mysteries that are series have a lot of appeal and I think at least part of the reason is the character development that occurs over several books. When a new title comes out, you want to find out what has been happening to your favorite characters. Of course there is much more to a good mystery than just that. There needs to be good plot development and suspense. One series that offers all of these is by ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 20, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Complications : A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Gawande Atul

Atul Gawande, son of two doctors, is now himself a surgeon… and a darn good writer. In Complications: a Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science he regales the reader ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
June 19, 2006 | 2 comments
A review of The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank

As if it wasn't enough that Melissa Bank is a great writer, she's also a good sport.  When she appeared in Madison recently to read from and sign copies of her new book The Wonder Spot, a tornado warning sounded ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
June 17, 2006 | 0 comments
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