A review of Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety Thump by K.L. Going

Two siblings enjoy messy, active play all day long and then finish up the day with supper, a bath and a cozy bedtime routine. This story is told in the most mouth-pleasing rhythmic onomatopoeia that I’ve encountered in a long time. You can’t help but read it with a little bounce in your speech and yet the soft colors of the illustrations and the calm demeanor of each character as they go through their day, picking blueberries, baking a pie, eating it for dessert and then winding down at the end more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 23, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn

This book gave my 2018 reading log a jolt! The Woman in the Window is a psychological thriller of extreme paranoia, psychosis, medication and wine. These elements combined are dangerous for the characters in the novel and, as I was describing the book to a colleague, I felt drunken and off-balance while reading it.   An isolated woman with agoraphobia believes she witnesses a catastrophic event in the house across the park from her rambling mansion in Harlem. The woman, more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 22, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Cover Story by Deb Richardson-Moore

Two college students are forced off a road and over an embankment by someone driving an old- fashioned hearse. One girl (Janie Rose) is killed, the other (Charlie Delaney) is seriously injured. Charlie’s aunt Branigan Powers is a journalist and of course is concerned about her niece, but when another girl is killed begins to wonder what is going on in her college town. This very tightly, well-written mystery features modern concerns such as homelessness, journalistic ethics, and more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 20, 2018 | 0 comments
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New Titles May and June are the big months for summer publishing, with most top-selling authors getting their works out just as school vacation begins and leisure reading begin in earnest (at least in theory). But April serves as a kind of sweet spot for publishers—early enough to avoid overshadowing by the big name authors, but still close to the golden summer sales period to establish buzz and perhaps snag a spot on the bestseller lists. Here are the highlights: --Perennial favorite Anne Perry has been more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 19, 2018 | 0 comments
New Biographies ​​Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you. Below are a few from a new library list, Biographies, Recommended in 2017. For more more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Joan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files, and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything by Melissa Rivers and Scott Currie

Melissa Rivers and Scott Currie compiled this phenomenal tribute book to Joan Rivers. It's a massive tome, coffee-table-sized, 336 pages, and approximately five pounds full of the queen of comedy's memorabilia organized by decade. Scrapbook style, with photographs of joke cards, letters, scripts, and even a report card from first grade, this book is a wonder to me as a fan and librarian.   Somebody saved all of this stuff and cataloged it. Much of the cataloging was done by Joan's more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 14, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry

Twenty-One Days is the start of a new series for Perry, one that is deeply rooted in what has come before. This one is set in Edwardian England in 1910 and features Daniel Pitt, the son of Charlotte and Thomas. As the series opens, Daniel is a young barrister acting as the solo defense attorney for a client for the first time in his career. Before that case even finishes, Daniel is assigned another case that doesn't go as well. The client, accused wife-killer, Russel Graves, is found more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 13, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers by Francesca Davis DiPiazza

This is written for teen readers, but actually a good overview for anyone interested in the alternate world that is fandom. Included are brief interviews with fic writers, as well as short histories or back stories of how fandom evolved ranging from masquerades to Arthur Conan Doyle to Star Trek (which really increased both the number of people involved and the visibility of fandom in popular culture). These days, a lot of the activities described pretty much take place on-line, which is very more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Those Pesky Rabbits by Ciara Flood

Bear lives alone, and that's just the way he likes it. But when a family of pesky rabbits moves in next door, knock knock knocking on bears door... his whole life is about to change. Fantastically told, Ciara Flood pairs her minimal text with illustrations that add layers to bear's grumpy responses to his neighbors. Bear tells the rabbits he is "too busy to help them chop wood!" when in the next page turn we see him snoozing in front of the fire while all the rabbits work together just outside more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
March 9, 2018 | 0 comments
New Memoirs Do you like to read about people's memories? Then check out a new library list on memoirs--Memoirs, Recommended in 2017. Below is a sample from that list. For even newer recommendations check out the Insider newsletter: Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs. You can subscribe more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 8, 2018 | 0 comments
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