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A review of The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris

There are few literary mysteries as elusive as the loss of a valise containing all of Ernest Hemingway’s early manuscripts, stolen from a Paris train in 1922 and never seen again. The fate of the manuscripts, coupled with Hemingway’s larger than life persona, has proven irresistible to writers since. Wisconsin-based author Shaun Harris takes on the tale in his assured debut novel The Hemingway Thief, a caper with enough odd characters and close shaves to rival any tale that ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moo by Sharon Creech

Think you know everything about cows? Think again. Take a journey into twelve-year-old Reena’s life and learn about her adventures with a particularly stubborn cow named Zora in Sharon Creech’s book, Moo.Reena and her little brother, Luke, are so used to the city life, until they help their parents make the decision to move to Maine. In Maine, they meet an unexpected elderly lady Mrs. Falala, who sets them to work on her small farm. Follow Reena and Luke’s story as they try and survive the farm ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 28, 2017 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you. Below are a few from a new library list, Biographies, Recommended in 2016. For more reading suggestions check out the Madison Public Library Insider Newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

With most books I read them because of a blurb I've seen or the book description on the back cover or the like. All of which means I have some idea of the content. With The Fact of a Body, I thought I had that information and then the book turned into something else altogether and that turned out to be just fine. I thought this would be an in depth investigation into a true crime (a heinous one) and and exploration of the legal system and the death penalty. It was all of that, but it's ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 25, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

In this cookbook/memoir food writer and critic, and former editor of Gourmet Magazine takes us through the difficult year after her magazine closed, and the recipes that helped ease her back into her first food love: home cooking. This book is perfect for those among us that enjoy reading cookbooks as much as or more than we enjoy cooking. I listened to My Kitchen Year on audio (read by the author, spectacular)-- and it included all the recipes. I never thought I'd be so ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
April 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Story of Space Travel: a Max Axiom Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup

Meet Max Axiom, Super Scientist.  Max Axiom is the brainy superhero of a series of accessible books about various STEM topics.  Axiom has a complete back-story, like any superhero.  And his superpowers include super intelligence, the ability to shrink to the size of an atom, a lab coat that allows time travel and sunglasses that provide x-ray vision. Written for ages 7 – 12 in a comic book format, the series titles include sound scientific facts and information, great ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 21, 2017 | 0 comments
Big Library Read Vote to help choose the next Overdrive Big Library Read (BLR)! They're focusing on adult literary/general fiction this time around. Cast your vote now through April 27th. The winning title will be used in the next BLR, which will happen June 12th-26th.   Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program that connects millions of readers around the world ...read more

Reviewed by Beth - Central on
April 20, 2017 | 0 comments
Old and New Titles Back in 1996 the National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets. This year I decided to be adventurous. I usually don't read a lot of poetry, but the title How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III caught my ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker, poet author of the explosive collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, leaves the title open to interpretation, but with one exception: She isn’t suggesting that Beyoncé isn’t beautiful, because Beyoncé is beautiful. Like the rest of us, Parker is clearly a fan. She is however suggesting ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
April 17, 2017 | 0 comments
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