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A review of Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy by Elizabeth Winter

In November 1954 Marilyn Monroe escaped from Hollywood, leaving behind the very public end of her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and the humiliations forced on her by Zanuck and Fox Studios. Leaving with her friend and photographer Milton Greene, Marilyn was determined to recreate herself in New York City as something more than a blonde bombshell. Winter’s account is full of fascinating information, including quotes from other actors prominent in Strasbourg’s acting studio such as Marlon Brando, Ben ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

A young female intern bowled over by the charms of a worldly politician, unhappy in his marriage. Assignations in the office after hours, futile attempts to end the affair, a scandalous revelation in the press during the election cycle. A political career in the balance, a woman branded a tart and worse. Unceasing press. The political sex scandal is nothing new, the outcome for the pol limited to one of two options: immediate political suicide and obscurity, or a show of contrition and a photo- ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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A review of Mr. and Mrs. North Series by Frances and Richard Lockridge

How about some light-hearted fun and mayhem? This mystery series dates from the mid 20th century, and begins with The Norths Meet Murder. The Norths are a couple living in New York City who inadvertently get involved in homicide. Of the two, Pam North is easily the more interesting character in that her thought process appears to jump from A to G and back to B but somehow she is almost always correct in her assessments and since she also leaps before she looks this is a concern for her ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 21, 2017 | 0 comments
Hugo Awards Announced The 75th World Science Fiction Convention took place a week ago and the winners of their awards, the Hugos, were announced on August 11th and some great choices were made. The winner for Best Novel was N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate. This is a second in a series, so you might want to start with The Fifth Season ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot

The Owl Diaries young reader series by Rebecca Elliot is officially the nicest and the cutest. Eva Wingdale lives with her owl family in Treetopolis. Eva's best friend is Lucy Beakman and her frenemy is Sue Clawson. The level of clever owl and bird word play in this series is spectacular. But what's really notable is the recognition and practice of thoughtfulness throughout all of the stories. In book one, Eva and her classmates work on putting together the Bloomtastic Festival.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles You know, dear readers, that when you’re excited for the titles the didn’t fit on the anticipated titles list as well as those that did, it’s going to be a good month for reading. September sees the start of the big fall publishing season, when publishers release their heavyweight titles in anticipation of the holiday and award seasons. This September is no exception. Here are some highlights: --It may be hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since the presidential election. ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in in the Sun by Lisa Graff

This is a really great book with an engaging story line - that was also fast-paced and easy to follow. I could relate to many of the things in this story. I liked how the main character had a difficult past - but he was always trying to get through it. It also showed that he wasn't always having the best days - and sometimes what he did made it better, and - other times - made it worse. I enjoyed this book very much - and would recommend it to others! Other great books by ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

As they start their marriage, Yejide and Akin are aware they’ve a lot to learn, but there is one thing they are sure of: theirs will be a monogamous marriage. In late 1980s Nigeria, it is still assumed that Akin will take several wives. The pair, who met at university and have thus far weathered Nigeria’s often volatile political and social climate, have the sort of love that is strong enough to withstand any outsider’s attempts to drive them apart. But Akin and Yejide may be their own greatest ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dragons Love Tacos 2: the sequel by Adam Rubin

I read a lot of picture books.  Sometimes I love a book for the book itself and other times I love a book for the way children react to it.  The first time I read "Dragons Love Tacos" I was not overly impressed.  But after reading it with individual children and at storytimes with kids from ages 3-8, and seeing how much they loved the book, I became a fan.  So, when I saw "Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel" I had to read it. In "Dragons love Tacos 2" we find our heroes in a ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, & Landscape by Robyn Lea

There is not an easy way to classify this gorgeous, gorgeous book. It's cataloged and shelved with the cookbooks but there's a lot more going on here.  It's an art book, a photography book, and a study of an artist. International photographer and writer Robyn Lea wrote to the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center in New Mexico to request access to approximately fifty of the artist's recipe and garden books. Her plan was to go through each book looking for annotations or notes that might share ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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