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A review of LaFayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The charms of Vowell's writing often involves a somewhat skewed humor, and LaFayette in the Somewhat United States certainly has that. But she also does, what a former history professor and advisor of mine recommended doing, which is to remember that history is people not dates. And by doing so, she is hopefully rectifying some of that sad lack of so many Americans who've forgotten their own history. And as a librarian and a person whose main hobby is reading, how can I resist someone ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
November 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Fear of assassination attempts have caused Kelsea, future Queen of Tearling, to be hidden away from the world with only the guidance, education, and protection of an elderly couple until her 19th birthday. As she embarks on her unique and vulnerable journey to ascend and keep the throne, Kelsea quickly realizes that she'll need more than her book smarts to gain the trust of this kingdom. What unfolds is a stark and beautiful narration of Kelsea's growth into a confident and just leader as she ...read more

Reviewed by Carrie on
October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Gaither Sisters are back! Gone Crazy in Alabama is the final book in Rita Williams-Garcia’s trilogy, which began with One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven. Each one is a truly excellent book for the older elementary/middle school set (and for kid lit enthusiasts). After having spent the previous summer at Black Panther day camp (as detailed in One Crazy Summer) Delphine and her sisters are off to spend their vacation ...read more

Reviewed by Rachel on
October 27, 2015 | 0 comments
New Mysteries For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my fall/winter 2015 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. One I've already read and recommend is The Scribe by Guinn. Historical mystery readers check it out. From the ending it sounds like Thomas and Cyrus will be back.  I look forward to their next case. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 22-25, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. The following author events feature books about food: Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen - Lisa Kivirist & John D. Ivanko provide a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival is happening now!  The following author events feature nonfiction books:   The Big Burn - Egan pairs the stories of the 1910 forest fire and President Roosevelt's push for conservation. 10/22/2015 - 7:00pm at Monona Terrace - Ballrooms A & B   Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt's ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede

Itzy the spider is starting spindergarten and is eager to shed his baby nickname, Itzy Bitzy.  To prove he’s no longer a little spiderling, he needs to spin a web and catch his own lunch.  He tries several different locations, but keeps running into problems; a girl on a tuffet screams and scares the fly away, an old lady accidently swallows him, and the rain washes him right out of the water spout!  Children will easily identify with Itzy’s desire to be more grown up, and will ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival is almost here! Among the many exciting authors and events, we’re welcoming a handful of authors that have written books for teens, about teens, or books teens would love! Time Salvager- Alex award winner Wesley Chu talks about his new sci fi novel about a rogue time traveler that has broken one too many rules. 10/23/15- 5:30pm The Bubbler at Madison Public Library James is a ...read more

Reviewed by Beth on
October 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival With much of the debate in education centering on how America can prep its students for careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), one would think that every effort would be made to encourage promising students to pursue careers in those areas, regardless of gender. But is this really the case with female students? A study published by the Department of Commerce in 2011 ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 22-25, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. The following author events feature biographies and memoir: Whispers & Shadows - Jerry Apps reminds us to slow down, turn off technology, and allow our senses to reconnect.10/23/ ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 20, 2015 | 0 comments
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