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A review of Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead

The latest from Colson Whitehead impresses me once again. He's just so darn smart. This time around the unnamed narrator is a 'nomenclature consultant': he comes up with names for products. Hence the novel's title. The plot here is fun and moves right along, but it’s the bigger ideas that make me ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
May 31, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Jane Austen in Scarsdale: or love, death and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen

What do you get when you combine college entrance excitement, long lost loves and a failing family fortune? It’s Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs. This latest offering by ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 30, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

In Spin, Robert Charles Wilson looks at how we’d react if that happened. Earth is placed behind a cosmic barrier, where time is slowed relative to the outside world. The sun and stars disappear, but artificial ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
May 27, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was one of the great painters of the Italian Baroque.  He was both venerated and despised during his lifetime for his bold, innovative painting techniques and his unconventional, often violent, life-style.  Soon after his death in 1610, his work fell out of favor and remained so for over three ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
May 26, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you love to live vicariously through the books you read, and you've always wanted to travel to exotic locations, read Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
May 24, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Two epistolary novels Epistolary novels, "novels written as a series of documents," have a proud and long tradition.  And we do mean long: Wikipedia, among other sources, speculates that they've been with us since at least the Middle Ages.  Thank goodness, then, that the form has been updated recently in two new and fabulous novels.  The first, ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
May 23, 2006 | 4 comments
A review of Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox

Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox:   Think it would be great to be a vampire? Up all night, sleep all day, occasionally feast on the blood of the living, etc.? Well vampires have problems too. ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
May 22, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Ask Me Anything by Francesca Delbanco

There is nothing better for summer beach reading than a good "chick lit" book. If you haven't read anything by Sophie Kinsella or ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
May 19, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz

A set of clues to be pieced together? A match of wits between a villain and a clever investigator? A seedy underworld navigated by a hard-boiled detective? Broad and varying definitions help us conclude that, yes, Witold Gombrowicz's Cosmos, ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
May 18, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Fired! by Annabelle Gurwitch

You're FIRED! Ever heard those words?  Feared those words?  Welcomed them?  You might thoroughly enjoy Annabelle Gurwitch's new collection Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed; ...read more

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