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A review of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

This prize-winning first novel from George Saunders bends the mind and history in a way that still has me reeling. Lincoln in the Bardo is set in the days following eleven-year-old Willie Lincoln's death in February of 1862, at a borrowed crypt in a Washington, DC cemetery filled with ghosts of all sizes and stripes, many of whom don't know they are dead, and all of whom are surprised when a very tall, very alive President Lincoln comes to visit.  The President spends a ...read more

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February 19, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph ...read more

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February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Not-So-Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by Matthew Daley

Books that involve gangs of problem solving kids, hijinks and hilarity are perennially popular at my house. I checked this new book out because it looked like it fit that bill, and boy did it ever. Wherever this series goes I will follow. Madison, Dylan, Emma, Aidan and Ava are twelve years old, classmates, and members of the Not-So-Secret Society.   The Not-So-Secret Society is first seen ready to explore a hidden world under the subway when they are interrupted by an alarm telling them ...read more

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February 6, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Brave Chef Brianna by Jillian Crab

A famous chef and restaurateur in failing health decides to pit his children against one another in order for one of them to achieve the rights to his successful empire.  All of the children (12 boys!) and one daughter, Brianna Jakobsson, must start a new restaurant.  The child with the most successful restaurant wins the inheritance.  Each restaurant must be in a different town and all of the children must open their restaurant without any assistance from their father.  ...read more

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January 12, 2018 | 0 comments
New dog photography It's a superb time for books that fall under the subject heading "photography of dogs." There are three excellent choices published in 2017 that provide the perfect distraction to any stress or strain you may be experiencing. They also make wonderful gifts for dog lovers, photography fans and for anyone who needs a bit of a lift. Peanut Butter Dogs by Greg Murray. Pet photographer Murray collects portraits of dogs  ...read more

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December 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Holiday Picks Madison Public Library's Music and Video Librarians have 2017 holiday picks and recommendations to share with you all! From Video Librarian Liz: Feature Films The Big Sick on DVD and Blu-ray Came out in the summer, based very much on writer/director/star of the film and his wife- their personal story turned into a some-elements-fictionalized plot. He is 1st generation Pakistani-American- kept his love relationship with a ...read more

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December 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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2017 Holiday Picks These are the top picks from the librarians at Madison Public Library responsible for selecting the new materials for children and teens. There's still time to pick them up for a holiday gift or for something to read with the kids over the winter break. From Youth Services Librarian Karen: Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic A treat for Harry Potter fans young and old, this book is based on the ...read more

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December 19, 2017 | 0 comments
2017 Holiday Picks These are the top picks from the librarians at Madison Public Library responsible for selecting the new Adult Fiction and Nonfiction books. So if you're looking for a last minute gift for the reader in your life, here are some great options. From Fiction Librarian Katie: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz A mystery novel wrapped in a mystery novel about mystery novelists makes The Magpie Murders a perfect ...read more

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December 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

Retired United States Navy Admiral William H. McRaven offers the most practical advice. Take it. Follow it. Make it your own. The Navy SEAL says so.  Admiral McRaven first shared his basic lessons in a commencement address for the graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014 and this book divides them into ten principles. The first step is to make your bed. This demonstrates discipline and shows attention to detail. You do not have to make your bed military style ...read more

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December 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry is back with another novel set in Salem with some crossover characters from The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. If you have not read either of these books, it does not hinder your understanding of what The Fifth Petal is about, but if you know and love Brunonia Barry's Salem and the characters featured in her ...read more

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December 4, 2017 | 0 comments