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Book cover of The Wrong Mother
Sophie Hannah

You know that book you heard about last year?  The one you checked out and took home then brought back unread?  Not because it wasn't good but because you weren't in the mood to read it.  For me that book is The Wrong Mother by ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 14, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Lift by Kelly Corrigan

I really like Kelly Corrigan's writing.  I don't necessarily agree with everything she writes, but I appreciate her honesty and humor.  It's not easy writing about cancer in a funny way, but she sure did that in The Middle Place, so I was eager to read her new book about parenting. ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 13, 2010 | 1 comment
A review of Owlflight by Mercedes Lackey

I've just finished the Owl series: Owlflight, Owlsight & ...read more

Reviewed by Library Staff on
July 9, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Cracks by Barbara Fister

The author is a librarian, the protagonist is a smart, tough P.I., and the setting is Chicago - what's not to love?  Completely rhetorical question of course.  Barbara Fister's Through the Cracks brings Anni Koskinen back in this very strong sophomore effort (after In the Wind - ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 8, 2010 | 1 comment
Book cover of One Day
If you like to be prepared, here's your chance.  These books have been optioned, are being cast or are in production to be new movies. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - reports are that Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman have been offered roles in the movie ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 2, 2010 | 2 comments
A review of Fragile Beasts by Tawni O'Dell

Tawni O'Dell returns to the Pennsylvania coal country in her fourth novel, a story of two families at opposite ends of the economic scale. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
July 1, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths has the kind of protagonists I like.  Ruth Gordon is a prickly, intelligent loner who lives on the edge of a saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea in the Norfolk region of England.  She teaches archaeology at the local ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 29, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine is a short book that explains so much about male behavior.  It's all about the hormones.  Mainly (or should I say manly?), it's about the testosterone. Brizendine starts with the Greek Gods and testosterone stars ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 28, 2010 | 1 comment
A revew of Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story by Isabelle Gillies

It's sure to be a conversation starter.  I've decided the only books I can listen to in the car to and from the library must be memoirs read by the author themselves, makes me feel like I'm just listening to a ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
June 24, 2010 | 0 comments
A review of The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

Jake Jameson has trouble finding himself, trouble locating himself in moments and places.  The retired architect stutter-steps through his days, not knowing how he got from the top of the stairs to the bottom, or what point he's been arguing so forcefully.  But, "in amongst a sea of events and names that have been forgotten, there are a number of episodes that float with striking buoyancy to the surface."  These episodes are the stories around which Samantha Harvey's ...read more

Reviewed by Alicia - Lakeview on
June 23, 2010 | 0 comments
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