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A review of books to movies The release date for the Hunger Games movie has been announced ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 28, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

What does it take to make the perfect English Gothic mystery read? A bold heroine who is not adverse to venturing into drafty halls in the dead of night to investigate ghostly footsteps? A brooding hero who guards his mysterious past with the same intensity he devotes to pursuing murderers and thieves? Gloomy manor homes, wild moors and the intrigues of back alley London? Okay, I'm oversimplifying things a tad, but for those of us who lament that we will never be able to read Jane Eyre ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of: The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

There are a couple of fiction titles that are featured on Bon Appétit's Favorite Cookbooks of 2010 list. They are not cookbooks per se, but some serious food writing is going on. One of these books is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, reviewed on ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Lately I've read a string of genre books that have run the gamut from good to great. The only problem? They're not owned by any of the libraries in our system. Some because they're too new and some because they're ebook editions read on my Kindle. So picture me finishing these books and wanting to tell you all about them - but I can't. Why tantalize you with books you can't get through the catalog? My dilemma has been solved with my most recent read. An honest to goodness great book that is ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Since Thanksgiving I've been reading Jonathan Franzen's ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca - Monroe Street on
January 24, 2011 | 0 comments
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How about some new history books to read? There are many "best of" lists out there, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year. Below are a few from a new upcoming library booklist-- Recommended History Books - 2010. AFRICA Cohen, David and John Battersby, Nelson Mandela. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 21, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Since my nieces and nephews are "lucky"enough to have an aunt for a librarian they are often the recipient of unsolicited reading recommendations through facebook posts (shared reading material gives us something to talk about at family gatherings). The most recent message was about Pete Hautman's ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
January 20, 2011 | 0 comments
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The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults--including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards last week. Find these and other award winners at the library: John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature - ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 19, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Through the Heart by Kate Morgenroth

It's not often that I finish a book in 24 hours (okay, I admit, I had a long weekend), but Kate Morgenroth's ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
January 14, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War and so far the only two news items I've seen about this are not inspiring. Some Southern states are omitting mention of slavery in their official pronouncements about the causes of the conflict, but what's worse is that many states, facing huge financial crises, have not budgeted a single dollar for commemoration activities. Times may be tough, but it would be a great shame to let this anniversary go by without devoting ...read more

Reviewed by Helene on
January 13, 2011 | 0 comments
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