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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
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
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