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Survivor Fiction I've decided to create a new subgenre and call it "Survivor Fiction". First I'll tell you what these aren't. They aren't about the last survivor of a plane crash or fictional takeoffs of the tv show about a group of people competing until the last man is standing (i.e. much of the dystopian fiction being written). What they are, are books about characters who've come through terrible events and survived. And not only have they survived, but they've done so by working very hard to make sure they ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

I'm not sure that swampy Suley, GA would be the first place I'd look to for a lake vacation, but the fictional cottage resort featured in Sarah Addison Allen's latest novel is inviting, appealing, and as one comes to expect from this author, magical. Aunt Eby has been running the Lost Lake resort for decades and it's beyond showing its age. There are a few faithful vacationers who still visit each summer, but Eby has decided this will be her last summer at Lost Lake. There's too much upkeep, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel’s mother and grandmother both died in Hurricane Katrina, and Laurel doesn't want to deal with her pain. She has left behind her father and younger brother and ends up on the streets using the highly addictive drug, meth. Along the way we meet Moses, an artist that has taken it upon himself to paint murals of teens that have lost their battle with meth. Needless to say, he is always painting murals. He knows Laurel and is sure that he will soon be painting a picture of her. Fortunately ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
March 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Humans by Matt Haig

His assignment is to take the place of Professor Andrew Martin, a professor at Cambridge University. Martin has solved a long standing mathematical problem, the Riemann hypothesis and in doing so, he could change not only the fate of Earth but that of the universe. He, it turns out, is not from Earth, but is a member of a hive-based culture many light years away, who has assumed the now deceased Andrew Martin's form. How far the information on the solution has spread will determine who else ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Books for Fans of the Show True Detective As a watcher of HBO's TV series True Detective, the following article caught my eye: "A “True Detective” Reading List". According to that author this is "a list of dark, weird, and southern gothic books that every fan of HBO’s True Detective should read." If you are a fan, have you read any of the below ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2014 | 0 comments
Always Be a Unicorn
A review of Always Be a Unicorn by Helen Austin

If the Ditty Bops ever start looking for a third band member, Helen Austin would be perfect for the job. Like their music, hers is twinkly-smooth and happy, even the slow songs. Her lyrics are delightfully whimsical (the title song quips, “Always be yourself/but if you can be a unicorn/always be a unicorn”) and the tunes are so catchy you’ll easily begin to sing along, even on the first or second time hearing the album. And yet, despite their apparent simplicity, the songs stay fresh even after ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 7, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Don't Talk To Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams

This third in the Keye Street series by Amanda Kyle Williams is her best yet.  Keye is an investigator/consultant running her own office in Atlanta. She does a little bit of everything; including background checks, catching bail jumpers, and because of her former job as an FBI profiler, sometimes consulting with local police when a serial killer may be working. The most recent ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
March 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The War within These Walls by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki and A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly

It's been more than 20 years since the graphic novel and Holocaust memoir Maus was published and more than 30 years since its first chapter appeared in the comics anthology Raw. Since that time, general readership and library collections of graphic novels have ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 4, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Lucy by Ellen Feldman

A member of one of my book groups suggested that we read a slim novel she had read about Lucy Mercer, the "other woman" in FDR's marriage. We did so, with the proviso that we also then wanted to read a non-fiction book that covered at least some of the same time or people. Lucy by Ellen Feldman is a slim book told from Lucy's viewpoint, taking place primarily prior World War I ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
March 3, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Wants Mama by Nancy Loewen

Everyone in the family, from Baby to Mama to Pup, wants something at dinnertime in this sweet, simple story. Short sentences and a relatable situation make this a perfect read aloud for toddlers who need quick reads, and the repetition and rhyme makes it a good choice for beginning readers, as well. Baby wants Mama -- and a good book, too! ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
February 28, 2014 | 0 comments
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