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A review of The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is a solid historical novel and the audiobook, downloadable through Overdrive or available on compact disc through Linkcat, is read by Elizabeth McGovern, the actress who plays Cora on the very popular PBS series Downton Abbey. She is a polished and accomplished reader and her interpretation add to the interesting story of the life of Cora Carlisle, who we meet when she is in her late thirties and is beginning a stint as a chaperone for fifteen Louise ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
January 9, 2013 | 3 comments
A review of How to Live, or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

Essayer: Fr. To try. It seems a simple idea now, but in mid-sixteenth century France, no one had thought to simply write down what they were feeling, or how they thought. Writing about life was reserved for great deeds in stilted prose, meant to serve as a monument to its subject. Michel Eyguem de Montaigne didn’t want to commit any great deeds—in fact, the efforts he made to not be called upon to power and influence is almost comical. But there was one thing that Montaigne wanted to ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 8, 2013 | 0 comments
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A review of The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway

Three of my favorite romance authors have written a new historical romance. The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts is co-written by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway. It is a humorous tale of a drunk uncle trying to find brides for his two unmarried nephews by kidnapping some eligible Scottish ladies in the middle of winter. In December of 1819 Laird Taran Ferguson is bemoaning ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 7, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

I love to play pretend so I loved spending a day with Maggie, the heroine of Princess Super Kitty. Maggie does some of the same everyday things I do (eating lunch, lifting heavy things, helping other people) but she has so much fun doing them, because she uses her imagination the whole time. If you are ready to take your day (or even just your princess play) to the next level, reach for Princess Super Kitty. And don't forget Antoinette Portis' other fantastic books about ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
January 4, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins

I didn't have many expectations going into Lee Collins' The Dead of Winter other then that it was probably going to be different from just about everything else I've read recently. Boy was I right about that. This is a western featuring a Calamity Jane tough-gal protagonist who hunts vampires, hellhounds and other creatures of the night.  Cora Oglesby and her husband Ben are the wild west's answer to monster hunters. It's the 1880's and the pair have been summoned, very ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 3, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Writing is always a challenge for me. Since the end of 2012 is almost here, I am trying to finish some of the book reviews that I started and did not finish. Here is one for a book I read in late summer. It's not as good as the first in the series, but I like the characters and I will definitely stick with the series. I was excited to learn that Carl and Assad from Department Q were back with another cold case. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 2, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of My Dog Thinks i'm a Genius by Harriet Ziefert

While his master paints, Louie the dog watches enthusiastically. When it's time for school, Louie gets inspired himself to try his paw at painting. The fantastic illustrations in this book mix pencil, crayon and paint masterfully, while giving kids a good feel of what an artist's studio really looks like. With nicely done art historical references, this is a great story for any budding artist or art enthusiast. ...read more

Reviewed by Trent on
December 28, 2012 | 0 comments
Staff Best Picks for 2012 The Daily Beast is keeping a tally of books that have been mentioned on year-end "best" lists. So far Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (which Katie loved) is leading in ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 27, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to be a Better Husband by David Finch

Raising a family, holding down a demanding job, and sustaining a marriage are all big tasks, but as David Finch finds out, accomplishing all of these things as a person with Asperger's disease (a mild form of autism) makes them much more of a challenge. After several years of marriage some of David's habits were becoming increasingly difficult for his speech therapist wife Kristin and it was not surprising to either of them that when they completed an online Asperger's check list, David scored ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
December 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Everything changes for Violet Eden when she finds out that she must make a decision on her 17th birthday that could help to save the world. Can she become an angel and sacrifice her life, or should she deny her ancestry and risk everything? And, if her decision wasn't compelling enough, her heart is  being torn apart by Phoenix, a sexy stranger, and her steadfast companion and protector, Lincoln. Action, romance, angels and demons -- this book has it all! ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
December 21, 2012 | 0 comments
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