A review of Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

Surely I'm not going to benefit greatly from the advice that Jacob Tomsky shares about staying in luxury hotels (I most certainly am not staying in anything closely resembling a luxury hotel anytime soon, possibly ever) but I enjoyed this book immensely. It's eye-opening, super funny and easy to read. And after reading this book, I will happily tip any bellman that crosses my path. The author, known as "Tommy" in the industry, has worked in luxury hotels his entire adult life. His first job was more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Andromeda's Fall by William Dietz

It's been a while since I've read some good military science fiction so I was happy to discover William Dietz's prequel to his popular Legion of the Damned series. His newest introduces Lady Catherine Carletto. Lady Catherine is a member of the powerful Carletto family. And that's not a good thing at the moment. Princess Ophelia has just staged a violent coup in which she killed the Emperor, her brother, and is now purging the empire of any and all who supported him. That includes the more

Reviewed by Jane J on
February 5, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: the Second Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

Four seasons and four scoundrels and how they find love are the subjects of Sarah MacLean's Rule of Scoundrels series. The series focuses on four aristocrats whose scandals have exiled them from society and who are now owners of an exclusive gaming establishment, The Fallen Angel. Each finds a love powerful enough to bring them back into the light.  The first book in the series was Bourne & Penelope's story. This time around the love story is about Penelope's smart sister more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 2, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

In Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes, Penny wants to share her new song with Mama, but she can’t, because she might wake the babies. She wants to share it with Papa, but she can’t, because she might wake the babies. She tries to sing it to herself but needs a better audience. She tries to sing to her glass animal toys, but gets distracted. Will she ever get a chance to share her beautiful new song? Yes! Finally after supper, she sings the song all the way through to her whole family. more

Reviewed by Tracy on
February 1, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Violinist’s Thumb, and Other Lost Tales of love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

Curling tongues. Attached ear lobes, widow’s peaks, blue eyes or brown. They’re all familiar tropes from high school biology class, proof of the genetic family inheritance we’re all saddled with, for good or bad. DNA continues to amaze with its ability to create all of humanity with just its mix of four repeating amino acids: adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine. But the story of DNA’s amazing versatility comes more fully to life in Sam Kean’s irreverent and informative The Violinist’s more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 31, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney is a Seattle artist diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This graphic novel chronicles her diagnosis, her interpretation of her manic and depressive episodes and her struggle to decide whether or not to be medicated. One of Ellen's first concerns with medication was how it would affect her art, but as her disease progressed, her concerns focused in a different direction: whether or not medication would actually help her get better. Wow. This book is heavy. It's exhausting. It's more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 30, 2013 | 0 comments
Recommended biographies Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you.  These titles are from various"best of" lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year.  Below are a few from a new library booklist-- more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

"The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life - or at least shoved up so hard against someone else's life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window - is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people." This is the realization that Louisa Clark comes to after her comfortable, if boring, life is upended by the loss of her job at The Buttered Bun restaurant. Louisa is twenty-six and lives with her parents more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 28, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Pie by Sarah Weeks

Alice’s beloved Aunt Polly made amazing pies. She loved to bake them so much that she opened up a pie shop and gave the pies away for free! Everyone in town had a favorite flavor of Polly’s pies, and as word of them spread, people traveled from all over to taste her renowned baking. Sadly, Aunt Polly dies unexpectedly and perplexes everyone by leaving her secret pie crust recipe to her cat, Lardo. Her will also bequeaths Lardo himself (a rather grumpy cat) to her favorite niece, Alice. How do more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
January 25, 2013 | 0 comments
Two Very Different Books with the Same Title I recently was chatting with a fellow reader about favorite books, and he happened to mention that he was rereading one of his favs: Going Solo. I immediately thought of Roald Dahl’s autobiography by that name, but in fact he was referring to Eric Klinenberg’s study of the growing trend towards single member households. Dahl’s book, one of my all-time favorites, recounts his earliest single years in East Africa and his RAF service in the Mediterranean theaters during World War II more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 24, 2013 | 0 comments
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