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A review of Lucky for Good by Susan Patron

Hard Pan, California, is well named. While this hardscrabble desert town doesn’t have an airport, hotel or even 50 residents, it does have the Found Object Wind Chime Museum and Visitor Center and folks drive for hours to eat the weekend specials at Brigitte’s Hard Pan Café. Lucky Trimble loves Hard Pan—she loves that the rocky landscape is home to the many creatures she studies, and she loves the other 42 inhabitants of Hard Pan almost as much as she loves her adopted mother, Brigitte. But ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 13, 2012 | 0 comments
One Hundred Year Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster The Titanic struck an iceberg one hundred years ago April 14th and sunk the next day. With the 100 year anniversary happening there are a number of new books being published. Check out some new titles on this historic disaster.   Farewell, Titanic: Her Final Legacy by Charles Pellegrino Gilded Lives, Fatal ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

As a child and a teen, I devoured series books. I'm pretty sure I've read every Sweet Valley book written - including specials - and every Babysitter's Club book. As an adult, though, I find very few series that make me super excited for the next installment. Of course there are fabulous trilogies all over the place, especially in teen literature (The Hunger Games, etc), but for some reason I haven't found many series with characters that I really like in the adult ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 11, 2012 | 3 comments
Book cover of Verity
A review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Some books are difficult for me to review because I don't want to give too much away as I write. And some are difficult because I want to do a good book justice. Code Name Verity fits both instances. It is a WWII novel that has been described with adjectives like wrenching, beautiful, harrowing, intelligent. All of them apply. As the book opens 'Verity' begins to tell her story. She's a young British woman captured behind enemy lines by the Gestapo. At the point her tale begins ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 10, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of My New American Life by Francine Prose

I follow Donna Seaman’s fiction reviews in Booklist because I’m always struck by her impressive use of adjectives and I often enjoy the books she recommends. That’s how I came across My New American Life by Francine Prose.  Check out these adjectives:  “…comically ironic and heartbreakingly guileless voice” and “…fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story….” Kind of tempting for someone like me. Plus I love the cover art. It ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas

I don't often check out holiday books, because so few tend to really wow me, so I was pleasantly surprised when Jan Thomas' newest offering caught my eye. With bright, cartoon illustrations that convey a range of emotions beyond the simple text (think the Pigeon from Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus), Thomas tells the story of the Easter Bunny, who is trying to get his eggs dyed for Easter. ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 6, 2012 | 0 comments
Books to Take You Out to the Game For baseball fans the season is finally here. The Brewers have their home opener on Friday. In honor of the beginning of the season below are some new baseball books to get you in the mood. Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick by Paul Dickson ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of S'mother: The Story of a Man, His Mom, and the Thousands of Altogether Insane Letters She's Mailed Him by Adam Chester

I will preface this review by saying this book is not for everyone. If your family is relatively normal and your tolerance for dysfunction is low, you might not think this book is funny. You might think it is sad, or mean-spirited. If, however, your family is "delightfully dysfunctional" or worse, you will probably enjoy this A LOT.  Adam Chester has collected more than 30 years worth of letters sent to him by his mother. His mother is overprotective times infinity. The letters range from ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 4, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of My New American Life by Francine Prose

I follow Donna Seaman’s fiction reviews in Booklist because I’m always struck by her impressive use of adjectives and I often enjoy the books she recommends.  That’s how I came across My New American Life by Francine Prose.  Check out these adjectives:  “…comically ironic and heartbreakingly guileless voice” and “…fast-flowing, bittersweet, brilliantly satirical immigrant story….”  Kind of tempting for someone like me.  Plus I love the cover art. It turns out ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
April 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzier

In Hilma Wolitzer's latest novel, An Available Man, Edward Schuyler is that most desirable of single men; a widower who was a happily married family man, is in his early 60's and still employed as a science teacher. All of these attributes bring him to the attention of single women in his age group. Edward is however still mourning the loss of his wife Bee and does not feel available. There is no doubt that he is still grieving. In the opening chapter he is ironing his dead wife's ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 3, 2012 | 0 comments
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