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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
A review of After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

The protagonists in the stories collected in Haruki Murakami's After the Quake will seem familiar to those who have read ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
October 24, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn

If you know what "ET" is then you have a fixation with all things celebrity like I do. How relaxing to unwind at the end of the day with alittle dish of what's happening in Anna Nicole's crazy life. I found a great little book by an ex-Rolling Stone writer Jancee Dunn called ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 23, 2006 | 3 comments
A review of Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber

A boon of recent Marie Antoinette titles will no doubt please fans of "Madame Deficit" and shed some light on how her expensive style rebellions reflected political power and feminist strength.  Even as she was the subject of enormous criticism, she was copied by noblewomen and servant girls alike, and sent standard conventions racing out of Versailles.   Caroline Weber's painstaking research in ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 16, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Paint it Black by Janet Fitch

The title of Janet Fitch’s new novel, Paint It Black, says it all.  This book is very dark, depressing, and at times, painful to read.   Josie Tyrell is a trailer trash teen runaway who works as an artist’s model and actress in ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
October 13, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife by Caitlin Flanagan

Because there certainly doesn't seem to be much middle ground where Caitlin Flanagan and her book, To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife, are concerned. Flanagan began her writing career with a series of essays about modern motherhood for ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
October 12, 2006 | 0 comments
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