A review of The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye

The Fatal Flame is the third book in a superb historical mystery series by Lyndsay Faye. I devoured the first and second books, The Gods of Gotham and Seven for a Secret, and had high more

Reviewed by Amy S on
June 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

There is just something about Kim Gordon. I mean, look at her gaze. She knows something I do not. And this book makes me feel cool by association. Girl in a Band is her story and it's raw, relatable, and authentic. I respect how she's handled her life, career and rough spots. Long before her band Sonic Youth and noise-rock, Kim was a girl who grew up primarily in middle class California with a semi-famous professor for a father and an artistic mother who allowed her a more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Smith

This is a lovely, totally wordless picture book about beauty in unexpected places. A little girl experiences a city walk she’s on with her father in a totally different way, noticing and carefully harvesting the beautiful flowers that grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. As her bouquet grows, she also notices potential recipients for her tiny beauties. The flowers serve as a funeral bouquet for a bird, decorations for a napping man’s shoe, and ornaments for her mother’s hair. Mostly black-and- more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 8, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen

Nothing about her dad's second marriage is good news for Sarah Robinson --  not her new, beautiful step-mother; her move from Texas to California; and especially not her new step-brothers, Marco and Nacho. Sarah's parents think that a family vacation on a chartered boat will help the family bond, but when a storm destroys their boat and strands them on a mysterious island, surviving becomes their number one priority. With lots of action, suspense, and creepy creatures, Shipwreck Island is more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Eyes on You by Kate White

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from June 9–23, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Eyes on You by Kate White for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 4, 2015 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club for All Ages Yesterday was the start of Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Club. And this year, as in the past few years, the Club is for everyone. The Kids' theme this year is Every Hero Has a Story and will involve reading records and prizes. But teens and grownups can join in and win prizes too! If you are a more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein

The premise of Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend is simple: Lila and Elena are friends the moment they band together and venture up the stairs to their frightening neighbor’s door. The occasion was an apt beginning; Elena holding back, fearful, as Lila pushed forward with an unstoppable force, disregarding the consequences. The women will eventually take different paths in life, but their uncannily close and sometimes strained relationship remains a constant as they navigate more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Samantha Clair is a forty-something book editor for a publishing firm in London. Her star author, known and popular for women’s fiction, has turned in a manuscript for her newest book and to everyone’s horror it is chic lit and no one but no one reads that anymore! Her friend and client Kit Lowell has turned in his latest expose in the fashion industry and it is being kept under wraps over worries of libel and the publicity factor. As if all this weren't enough on her plate, one day, on her way more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
June 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is an excellent read-alike for fans of Raina Telgemeier and for fans of graphic novels exploring the middle grades. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12-yr-old girl named Astrid who is lost and drifting away from the best friend she’s had since first grade. Astrid signs up for roller derby camp and is broken-hearted to discover that her best friend, Nicole, won’t be joining her. Nicole has signed up for dance more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me & Nearly Broke My Heart by William Alexander

By the author of The $64 Tomato, Flirting with French is one for linguaphiles, or really anyone who’s ever struggled with (or loved) learning a foreign language. This is the story of a 57-year-old man who sets out to beat the odds and master French as an adult-foreign-language-learner. Part travel-log, part linguistics lesson, part study journal, and all funny, Flirting with French lays bare the joys and heartbreaks (in the author’s case, quite literally) that go more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 27, 2015 | 0 comments
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