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A review of Donuts: An American Passion by John T. Edge

Donuts:  An American Passion by John T. Edge is the last volume in a series of food essays that include apple pie, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 5, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova by Johnette Howard

I grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin and the sport that everyone played was baseball: on the street, in people's back yards, and sometimes even on baseball fields.  We were lucky enough to live close to a park where there were baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and in winter, an ice rink.  One year they added a tennis court which inspired great interest, but because there was no instruction it more or less turned into another way to chase balls.  Lack of instruction ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 3, 2006 | 0 comments
A review of Blue Screen by Robert Parker

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m still reading Robert Parker’s ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
August 2, 2006 | 1 comment
A review of Chip Kidd. Book I. Work 1986-2006 by Chip Kidd

If you don't already judge books by their covers, you should certainly start. Very few things can make or break a book like good (or bad) cover design.  Sure, we all act like we're deep and we only care what's IN a book.  But when you get right down to it, the cover is often responsible for not only helping you choose your books, but also for getting you in the right mood for reading them.  So embrace your inner Cover Critic!  And by all means check out the lushly ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
August 1, 2006 | 2 comments
A review of The Lightning Keeper by Starling Lawrence

The Lightning Keeper, W.W. Norton editor-in-chief Starling Lawrence's sequel to ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
July 31, 2006 | 0 comments
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
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