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A review of His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

The other night I read until 3 in the morning. The book? His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. What a fabulous read. Captain Will Laurence is an up-and-coming naval officer in the 19th century British Navy. When his ship captures a ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 29, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

After a few months of a steady diet of chick lit, it always seems like a good idea to replenish the literary well by reading a classic and it was found this summer in an excellent novel called Revolutionary Road by ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
July 28, 2006 | 4 comments
A review of His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

The idea that Philip Pullman had updated Milton's ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
July 27, 2006 | 3 comments
A review of Word Fugitives: In Pursuit of Wanted Words by Barbara Wallraff

Some people subscribe to “word-a-day” emails and have daily calendars that accomplish this task, too.  Some people read grammar books for fun.  When The Elements of Style came out last year with new illustrations by Maira Kalman, some people were thrilled.  And some people were not just me.  Lots of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 26, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo

"Who is he?" I pressed him. "Living bile," was his reply. It was hard to come up with an angle for reviewing Pedro Paramo, by Juan Rulfo. If I stick to the facts, I can say: All the characters in Pedro Paramo are dead. The book is ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
July 21, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

For some reason I keep reading books about China that take place just before, during and/or after the Cultural Revolution.  This time it's Women of the Sillk by ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
July 13, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Yes.  And it exists in the writing of Joan Didion. Only Didion could make a book detailing her life after her husband dies suddenly from a heart attack as beautiful, as quietly but perfectly structured, as ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
July 12, 2006 | 10 comments
A review of Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson

Could a crime from 1969 have something in common with a recent murder?  This is the dilemma faced by Alan Banks, a Detective Chief Inspector in England.  Peter Robinson, who has written fifteen mystery novels featuring Banks, very cleverly juxtaposes two cases in ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 11, 2006 | 2 comments
A review of JPod by Douglas Coupland

Hey, Douglas Coupland!  Is that you three cubes down from me?  ‘Cause it is eerie how much you know about the work environment of an information professional.  JPod, the newest offering by the literary creator that popularized ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 8, 2006 | 5 comments
A review of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

If you haven’t yet heard of Paul Farmer, you’ll want to know about this inspirational man.  In Mountains Beyond Mountains: ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
July 7, 2006 | 0 comments
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