September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and Madison Public Library wants to make sure that Madisonians have the smartest card of all - a free library card. A library card gives you access to the library's many materials and resources, including computer access, research databases, job and business resources, free movies and music, and much more. During the month of September, Madison Public Library will be giving a small gift to everyone who signs up for a new library card, adults and children more

Reviewed by Tana on
September 2, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Black and White by Jackie Kessler

"The thing people seem all too happy to forget is that where there be superheroes, there also be supervillains.  It makes one wonder: If the heroes went away, would the villains follow?" So opens Black and White by more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 1, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

Post World War II Hong Kong is full of intrigue and danger in Janice Lee's first novel more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
August 31, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

National Book Award finalist The Underneath by more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
August 28, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

So says agent John Tomasetti whose been brought in to help solve the serial killer murders plaguing sleepy Painters Mill, Ohio.  If you can make it through the first three pages (a description of the last torturous moments of a young victim) then you are in for a thrilling treat.  Fans of more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
August 27, 2009 | 0 comments
Word on the literary street is that Oprah will be announcing her next Book Club pick on September 18th.  Though I've not always been a fan of her choices, I am always curious as to which way she will jump when she makes a new one.  To make it even more interesting this time around, I'm proposing a guessing game.  Guess the book title and author and win a library book bag filled with goodies. The rules: One more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 26, 2009 | 6 comments
A review of Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe

Tired of those attractive, yet angst-filled teenage vampires with whom your daughter seems obsessed?  In the mood for a vampire story you can (dare I say it?) sink your teeth into?  Get ready to thank me.  Blood Groove is the story, and it's written by novelist more

Reviewed by Dennis - Central on
August 25, 2009 | 0 comments
A review of A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

When I saw that Robert Goolrick's debut novel A Reliable Wife was about a mail-order bride AND it was set in Wisconsin, I had to read it.  Wealthy, lonely Ralph Truitt has a dark past that sets him apart from everyone in the town of Truitt, Wisconsin (named after his entrepreneur more

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August 21, 2009 | 0 comments
The big news this morning is that Elizabeth Gilbert's sequel to Eat, Pray, Love has been given a title and a publication date.  According to the New York Times Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage is due to be released in January of more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 20, 2009 | 7 comments
A review of Tales of Woodsman Pete by Lilli Carre

After first being introduced to Lilli Carre through her short-animated films What Hits The Moon and For the Birds (you can view them on her website), I have had my eyes on this young Chicago artist.  Easily more

Reviewed by Kathleen - Monroe Street on
August 19, 2009 | 1 comment
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