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A review of Costume Design by Deborah Landis

Do you watch movies? How much are you affected by the clothing in the film? Or do you not even notice it unless something about it strikes the wrong note? Or are the costumes so gorgeous that you really don't notice the story or anything else? Landis’s beautiful book, part of the Film Craft series, is a wonderful book if you have answers to any of these questions. It includes brief biographies of award winning costume designers and in-depth interviews with them along with photographs and ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
October 23, 2012 | 0 comments
Top 10 Literary Travel Books Are you an armchair traveler?  Then check out Booklist's Top 10 Literary Travel Books. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Because it Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin's fantastic novel All These Things I've Done told the story of Anya Balanchine, heiress to the Balanchine chocolate empire and mob princess, who falls in love with the Assistant District Attorney's son in a Romeo and Juliet style romance. In Because it Is My Blood, we meet up with Anya after she's released from prison and follow her on another fantastic series of events full of ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
October 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It's been a hard year for Nick Dunne. He lost his job, his wife lost her job, his mother died, and his father may follow her soon. Even so, Nick Dunne hasn't been a great husband to Amy and he knows that their fifth anniversary is not going to go smoothly. He's dreading the traditional scavenger hunt that Amy creates for him every year on their anniversary. Her clues, which he's sure he's not going to be able to figure out, will lead him around town to places that have been ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Little Night by Luanne Rice

Clare and Anne are two sisters who grow up extremely close, used to protecting each other in the middle of their dysfunctional family. Rice opens the story with the younger sister, Clare, under arrest for the attempted homicide of her sister’s husband. The lies that send Clare to prison and separate the two sisters for the next twenty years mix with the lies and demands Anne and her husband place on their two children, shaping all of their lives.  Released from prison, Clare slowly regains ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
October 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me by Joan Rivers

Are you afraid to say that you hate anything for fear that you will upset others or ignite unpleasant debate? Well, Joan Rivers isn't afraid to tell the world that she hates everyone and everything: children, the elderly, the infirm, cities, countries, public transportation. The woman puts it in writing that she hates identical twins. And pets. It's so ridiculous it's hilarious. And quite refreshing. I Hate Everyone... ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

Everyone tells horror stories about the Whistling Hollow--with its unearthly sounds, ancient twisted trees and the ominous pool that never completely freezes in the dead of winter, even the birds avoid it. One bone-chilling winter's day, fourteen year old Will, the servant to the monks of nearby Crowfield Abbey, must go to the Hollow on an unexpected errand of mercy, and his life will never be the same! Now, Will must find his way through a once-familiar world now rife with deep secrets, ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson

It’s a fantasy for a lot of people; rent out the house, pay off some bills and give it all up for an adventure. For the Wilson family from Des Moines, Iowa this fantasy became a reality when they reorganized their life for a sabbatical in another country, Croatia. Jennifer Wilson had been traveling her whole life and as an accomplished writer the sabbatical seemed like a great idea for her to explore her immigrant roots. Her architect husband Jim’s role on the trip was to make sure their two ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 11, 2012 | 0 comments
Finalists for the National Book Award The National Book Award finalists have been announced. For fiction and nonfiction here are the nominated titles:Fiction Junot Dí­az, This Is How You Lose Her Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King: A Novel Louise Erdrich ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 10, 2012 | 0 comments
Two Great Firsts It's sort of a reading axiom; you go along for a while with no great reads then suddenly have a slew of them. That's what I've been experiencing and I'm thrilled. My two latest finds continue my streak of great mysteries. This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa BornikovaA Goodreads reviewer called this a 'breath of fresh air' in the overcrowded Urban Fantasy genre and I couldn't agree more. Linnet Ellery ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 9, 2012 | 0 comments
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