A review of Just Behave Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter

If you are looking for a book that reinforces following your heart, this is it. Pablo Picasso has a natural ability for painting, and people love his “rose-colored paintings.” He makes a very good living painting them. However, he is bored to tears and doesn’t care about making a living, he longs to paint something different. After viewing an art exhibit featuring African masks, he begins painting in an abstract manner and creates his famous painting,“Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon.” It is so more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
May 17, 2013 | 0 comments
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A review of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This book is a trip, literally and figuratively. Crazy Rich Asians takes you into the world of the crazily rich families who make up the Singapore elite. These people are wealthy beyond my imagining and I loved delving into this wild world.  Nick Young and Rachel Chu have been dating for a while now and Nick has talked Rachel into flying with him to Singapore for a family wedding. He wants her to meet everyone. Rachel is thrilled to meet the family of her handsome, professor more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 15, 2013 | 0 comments
Staff Reads It's been a while since I've touched base with some of the staff about what they've been reading. So today's the day. Molly has been really obsessed with happy/pretty kid's graphic novels lately, in particular Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami and Hildafolk by Luke Pearson. Jaime's more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 14, 2013 | 0 comments
Award Winning Cookbooks Looking for a new recipe to try? Then check out the winners of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. Cookbook of the Year: Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla American Cooking: Mastering the Art of Southern more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 13, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Mole Had Everything by Jamison Odone

Mole thought he had everything he needed. That is, until his good friend Emerson stops by for tea and points out the he only has one cup. Mole sets out on a mission to acquire "everything." But once he finds it and brings it home, will it truly make him happy? With soft illustrations and short, easily digestible text, this is the perfect book for kids who really do have everything and may need a gentle reminder. more

Reviewed by Krissy on
May 10, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

All of Hope Larson's books feature strong female characters, dreamy/magical elements and cool artwork. Her latest graphic novel is somewhat different from her previous works, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury in that it's about a teenage superhero and illustrated by more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 9, 2013 | 0 comments
Year's Best Mysteries by The Edgar Award winners were announced on May 2nd and I'll admit to being surprised especially by the Best Novel winner. Not that Dennis Lehane isn't very deserving. He's a great writer. But he beat out the literary phenom known as Gone Girl (which more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 7, 2013 | 1 comment
Classic Novels for the 20th Century and Beyond According to GQ there is a list of new classic novels that every man should read (and probably women too). The article The New Canon: The 21 Books from the 21st Century Every Man Should Read lists the following: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen The Human Stain by Phillip Roth The Road by Cormac McCarthy White Teeth by Zadie Smith True History of the Kelly Gang by more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 6, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

It’s that time of year again, and I’m reading as many books as I can to find the lucky ten titles that will serve as the summer’s Teen’s Choice review books. This year’s list will include the cross-over kid’s/teen’s non-fiction title that has swept up so many awards that it is fairly dripping with medals. Yes, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. National Book Award Finalist, Sibert Award for best children’s non-fiction, Best Non- more

Reviewed by Karen on
May 3, 2013 | 0 comments
Inferno by Dan Brown

The hold list is already growing and the buzz is building. So tell me, are you excited about the return of Professor Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's Inferno? The book is due in a couple weeks and I'll admit I'm curious. It's been a few years since The Lost Symbol and it will be interesting to see what Brown and Langdon are up to. If you want a sample, Knopf is offering a sneak peak of the prologue and more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 1, 2013 | 0 comments
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