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A review of Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi

Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea is a two-part manga mystery that combines magical realism with the natural world in a very curious, yet peaceful way.  Set in Tokyo, the story features Ruka, whose father works at a large research aquarium, and two boys of the sea who were raised by dugongs.  In ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 8, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

... a clump-filled-cat-box-of-a-review. So I paraphrased the line above from the book The Stupidest Angel : A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by ...read more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
December 7, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt

Are you, like I, married to someone who's traffic style is totally different from yours?  If so, you might be interested in delving deeper into the psychology of it all via Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
December 4, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of A New Literary History of America by Marcus Greil

On an email list I frequent there has been a discussion of writer's block which led to the idea of reader's block.  Does such a thing exist one poster wondered.  I'm here to tell you it does.  I've been in a slump lately and everything I pick up elicits a very mediocre "meh".  What to do, what to do?  I can't not be reading something.  Reading is right up there with eating and sleeping for things that keep me healthy and sane.   One of the suggestions made for ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 3, 2009 | 2 comments
A review of It's Not Me, It's You by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

...got married and had three kids, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor (SWT) was quite the wild woman.  In her latest memoir It's Not Me, It's You she fills us in on her younger years in ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
December 2, 2009 | 8 comments
...soon to be good TV?  You may be excited to learn that Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, reviewed earlier on MADreads, is being ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 1, 2009 | 4 comments
A review of Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

How can you really like a character in a novel, but not really enjoy the book?  I found myself with that dilemma while reading Dreamers of the Day by ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
November 30, 2009 | 1 comment
A week ago I posted some links to 'best of' lists that are percolating all over the place.  With this post I wanted to focus on a particularly attractive niche of 'bests' - Cookbooks.  Where else will you find covers like this one?  And, I guess not too surprisingly, everyone's got different opinions about these bests. NPR's Ten Best Cookbooks of 2009 (you might want to keep an eye on ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
November 28, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell

There has been a lot of talk lately about local foods and the quality of our diet.  The Go Big Read discussions and the recent appearance of Michael Pollan at the Kohl Center have helped focus that discussion.  But what about other aspects of our lives as consumers?  Ellen Shell Ruppel takes a look at some of them in ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
November 24, 2009 | 3 comments
A review of A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Bestselling author Anita Shreve's latest novel, A Change in Altitude, uses the tragedy of a ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley - Central on
November 23, 2009 | 0 comments
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