Summer Reading Suggestions The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here.  Check out some books on the olympics, as well as some web pages. Some new and old books on the olympics: The Complete Book of the Olympics by David Wallechinsky & Jaime Loucky How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 9, 2012 | 0 comments
Planting Seeds
A review of Planting Seeds by Maria Sangiolo

My toddler had been obsessed with one song in the car (Fast Monkey, from Marvelous Day! by Stevesongs—if you dare listen to it with your kids—it is fun!) and every time we got in the car he would demand that song. I’ve tried sneaking in other CD’s but nothing has held his interest until I discovered Planting Seeds by Maria Sangiolo. Not only has he picked a few favorite tracks to ask for over and over (hooray, more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 6, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of White Horse by Alex Adams

I'm not sure where I first heard about White Horse but it's a title that's been making the rounds in the buzz of the book world online. So when my copy came in I was glad to dive into the post-apocalyptic world created in Alex Adams' debut (first in a planned trilogy). White Horse takes place now or in the very near future in a world decimated by pandemic disease, war and the resultant general breakdown of most of the world's infrastructure. The breakdown was gradual. First more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 5, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion by Adam Hochschild

One type of book that I can never get enough of is 'hidden history' books.  These books take what you learned in your high school history class and reveal the shades of gray, the unknown or forgotten men and women who played roles in shaping our world, and make our current world much easier to understand.  While history books are intimidating to many, I think if you find one on a subject that interests you, you will be converted to the ranks of history lovers. One book I would more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell has been busy. The last time we saw him, the king’s right hand man had engineered the end of one royal marriage to make way for another, inching the monarch towards a new faith and consolidating his own position at court. With Anne safely on the throne, he could be excused for relaxing a bit, but the king has already grown dissatisfied with his new queen, and no one but Cromwell can execute the delicate task of removing crowns and the power that comes with them. It promises to more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 2, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Cookiebot! by Katie Van Camp

Harry and Horsie are back! In this adventure, Harry wants to stop his tummy rumblings with a cookie, but for some reason, the cookie jar has been placed out of reach. How can he get his treat? Invent a cookie-seeking robot, of course! Red, yellow and blue illustrations with an old-timey feel make CookieBot and his rampage down Fifth Avenue feel like it's straight out of an old comic book. A fun-filled story for cookie and robot lovers alike. more

Reviewed by Krissy on
June 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas

He sees a beautiful woman across a field and it's love at first sight for a handsome young duke. The only problem is that she is married. So begins Sherry Thomas' new historical romance Beguiling the Beauty.   Fast forward ten years to 1896, the American Society of Naturalists and the Boston Society of Natural History are sponsoring a lecture by Christian de Montfort, the Duke of Lexington, at more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Tiger by John Vaillant

When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I was the nerdy kid that could pronounce every word correctly, and tell you the era that they lived in. My interests have since moved on to more recent biological history. Set in December 1997, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival tells the story of a seemingly malevolent tiger and the men that had to hunt it down. I’m afraid that the last sentence doesn’t give this sprawling and gripping book justice. The more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
June 27, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Titles Jane started the beach ball rolling with her post, Feeling hot, hot, hot (Summer Reading Lists are Here). Summer is a time to relax and catch up with old friends, both real and fictional. So I thought that I would share some of the mysteries that I am looking forward to reading this summer.  Since there are quite a few, I divided it into three parts. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

Is there any President so deeply tied to the perception of a particular era than Dwight D. Eisenhower? That decade, often perceived as an era of increased conformity and unprecedented prosperity seemed tailor made for a president more often imagined in golf duds than more presidential garb. Ask many Americans who they rate as the great presidents of the twentieth century, it is likely few would consider Ike’s a successful administration, but rather one that did little to rock the boat. In his more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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