A review of Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I learned this in Mindy Kaling's new comedy memoir. She includes a 'pliest' or list-y piece of all the ways that Mindy Kaling is not like Kelly Kapoor, the character that she plays on The Office. The number one difference (not included in the pliest) is that Mindy Kaling has been a head writer, editor and producer on The Office since it was picked up as a mid-season replacement in 2005, when she was only 24 years old.  Prior to that, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 9, 2011 | 3 comments
A review of The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

There are some particular times and places that are especially fruitful for literary exploration, and for me, the glittering world of the late nineteenth century New York is an era ripe for perusal.  The emphasis on social rigidity and excessive display, with its undercurrents of envy and intrigue, so perfectly encapsulated in the works of Edith Wharton, continues to fascinate readers today.  First time author Daisy Goodwin joins the list of authors who have portrayed this era with more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 8, 2011 | 0 comments
Armchair Traveling Like reading about other people? How about checking out some African memoirs? Today I ran across an article about Alexandra Fuller's top 10 African memoirs. Fuller is a good choice to create such a list since she's written some award-winning books of her own experiences in Africa. Her books include more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 7, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

"When she woke she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declaritive red of a stop sign." So opens Hillary Jordan's sophomore novel (after Mudbound). Up until recently Hannah Payne has lived a pretty blameless life. Raised in a fundamentalist christian family she has always followed more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 5, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg

When Eleanor's parents sit her down for a serious talk, she's afraid someone has died. No one has, but to Eleanor, the news that her beloved babysitter, Bibi, is moving to Florida, is just as terrible. Perfectly capturing the voice of an almost third-grader, Julie Sternberg's story of how a little girl learns to grieve the loss of an important adult in her life and accept new situations and people is a tale that any child can relate to. And, with short sentences and chapters, it's a great book more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 4, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Taming of the Rake by Kasey Michaels

Do you like connected historical romances? Then check out The Taming of the Rake, the first in Kasey Michaels' new series about the Blackthorn brothers. If the first one is any indication, they are filled with adventure, humor, passion, danger, and, of course, love. Oliver 'Beau' Blackthorn mistakenly thought that he was in love and that his bastard status in society wouldn't matter. Fourteen- more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 3, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Orchard by Theresa Weir

I've enjoyed just about every novel Theresa Weir has written (both as herself and as Anne Frasier) so I was curious to read her memoir of life on an Iowa apple farm. That I liked the book isn't a shocker. And the fact that the book is darker in tone then the cover suggests was also to be expected more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 1, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

I rarely, if ever, get a chance to read award-winning books while they are still nominees, but I believe I'm ahead of the curve on this one. Girl wonder Téa Obreht's first novel is already winning awards and is now a National Book Award 2011 fiction finalist. And she's only 26!  Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 31, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Birds by Cybele Young

In her new book, writer, illustrator and artist Cybele Young tells a fanciful tale of ten funny little birds who are trying to get to the other side of a river. Young's beautiful black-and-white illustrations are “Exceptional,” “Outstanding,” and the birds might even call them “Highly Satisfactory.” More than just a simple counting book, this very clever little fable shows that the simplest solution to a problem can sometimes be the best. For fans of: more

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October 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I'm a fan of a lot of the urban and post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction that's been the publishing craze the last couple of years, but every now and then I just want a good, traditional fantasy novel set in another world (one without vampires or wolves). When I read about Rae Carson's debut, I thought it would be just the ticket. Happily I was right.  Princess Lucero-Elisa of Oravalle isn't having a very good day as the book opens. She's about to be married to a man she's never met, Alejandro more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 27, 2011 | 0 comments
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