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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
A review of Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea by Sophia Nash

How about going from the top of society's heap, a member of the royal entourage, to social pariah all in one night? That's what happens to Alexander Barclay, the newly minted ninth Duke of Kress, in Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea, the first book in Sophia Nash's new Royal Entourage series. It all started at the Prince Regent's Carleton House. He provided the spirits for the Duke of Candover's "bachelor party". But apparently things got so out of hand that Alex doesn't remember ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 2, 2012 | 0 comments
Tumble Bee
A review of Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs

If you are a fan of Elizabeth Mitchell (and if you’re not, you should be) and her comforting reinterpretations of classic Americana folk music, you might enjoy this new album by Laura Veirs. Tumble Bee has a very home-spun feel, but with a wider range of mood than most folk albums for children. From the toe-tapping barn dance feel of “Jump Down Spin Around” to the very mellow lullaby, “All the Pretty Little Horses” all the music has solidly satisfying, if sometimes haunting harmonies ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fifth Victim by Zoe Sharp

Mystery and suspense series with strong women characters often turn up on best seller lists. In this category we immediately think of authors like Sue Grafton or Sara Paretsky whose new books almost always are bestsellers. Zoe Sharp is another author with a strong female character and should be a candidate for wider readership. Perhaps her latest entry in the series, Fifth Victim, will help to move her up the list. After a disastrous stint in the British army where an ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 29, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff

Sometimes it seems like there's no order to the universe, that everything happens according to the whim of some higher power who just doesn't listen. In Meg Rosoff's latest novel, There is No Dog, this is quite true. All the creatures on Earth have been created by God, but not the God most of us would like to believe in: this God is a hormonal teenage boy with a crush on an unassuming zookeeper ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 28, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon

At the end of every meeting of our Sequoya mystery book discussion we give the novel we’ve discussed a numerical grade, 1 low and 10 high. John Verdon’s debut Think of a Number wowed ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
March 26, 2012 | 0 comments
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