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Basketball Madness March Madness has begun. As you are cheering for your favorite college team, how about checking out some basketball books--some old, some new? These recommendations come from fellow basketball fans. Some oldies but goodies Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

I escaped January in Wisconsin by tagging along with Carter and Sadie Kane, the heroes of Rick Riordan’s awesome Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire). These chapter books are pretty thick, but, like the Percy Jackson books, they are action-packed with death- ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of How it all began by Penelope Lively

Charlotte Rainsford's mugging on a London street impacts several people, including some unknown to her, in veteran British author Penelope Lively's well written and charming new novel, How it all Began. Charlotte, a widow and retired school teacher, has lived independently until this event. She now must reluctantly depend on her daughter and son-in-law for care when she moves in with them temporarily to recuperate from her injuries. Daughter Rose has raised two children and ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
March 15, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Blame it on Bath by Caroline Linden

The de Lacey brothers have a big problem. On his death bed their father confessed to a clandestine marriage years before he inherited the dukedom or married their mother. If proven, the brothers will lose a lot both financially and socially. The dukedom of Durham is one of the wealthiest in England. Each brother has a different reaction to the news that they may be illegitimate. Edward, the middle brother, who has been running the Durham properties effectively, will see all his hard work ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I love fairy tales and I love outer space, so picking up Anna Sheehan's debut novel A Long, Long Sleep was a no-brainer for me.  In this fantastic reinterpretation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, we meet (biologically) 16-year-old Rose Fitzroy, who has been awoken from a long, long sleep by a kiss. It isn't a terribly romantic kiss, though, and she doesn't find herself in a magnificent four-poster bed in a picturesque castle - instead, she's resuscitated from a chemically induced ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera by Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener

You have to hand it to Joe Volpe. Releasing a memoir of his tenure as head of the Metropolitan Opera could put one in a ticklish situation. Yet if there is one underlying theme that comes out of The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera, it is the gutsiness necessary with successfully running the nation's largest (and some would say premier) performing arts organization. Opera exists for conflict, and Volpe's 43-year career at the Met certainly saw its ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska

Where will it go? This wordless picture book follows a thin black string over, around, under and over many things . . . including an alligator, bird, castle, dog, elephant, flower, and more. Do you see a pattern? While it is whimsical in approach, by the end we discover it is also an alphabet book! “A” is for alligator, “B” for bird, “C” is for castle, and so forth. Originally published in 1963, A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska has a vintage feel. The crisp and clean ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
March 9, 2012 | 0 comments
Books Being Developed Into Movies This past Oscar season I was behind the curve. Not in terms of viewing the movies (though I was) but in terms of reading them. There were a slew of book-to-movie successes (The Help anyone?) and I generally like to get the book read before I see a movie. Didn't happen this time around. So in an effort to get ahead of the game, I've been on the lookout for the next big things. Here are some books-to-movies in development right now and I'm guessing that some of these will be on everyone' ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

It REALLY freaks me out. Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), commonly referred to as shock treatment, is something that I thought was long gone. It wasn't until I watched the recent finale of Homeland starring Claire Danes as a manic-depressive CIA-agent (SPOILER ALERT) that I even knew it was still taking place. And I thought maybe it was a very rare thing. It just seems so violent to me and the risks...the loss of memory, so heartbreaking. But ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

There are a fair amount of people on the earth who have not had the pleasure of reading a John Green novel. I really and truly feel bad for them. Still, free choice being what it is, it’s fine if people choose to shuffle off this mortal coil without reading one of his books, but I am firmly of the belief that were one to choose to invest a day or so in reading a John Green novel, life would be richer and there would be, as Green might put it, a little less suck in the world.  Hazel, the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 6, 2012 | 3 comments
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