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A review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

Teenage girls across the world begin to develop the ability to shoot electricity out of their hands. I know, I don't need to write anything else - you want to read it already, right? It's just an amazing premise for a novel! In The Power by Naomi Alderman, we see what happens when girls discover that they are becoming physically more powerful than men. The electricity they can channel can cause incredible pain, and while this certainly doesn't make females invincible, it does ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 8, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Old Tracks, New Tricks by Jessica Peterson

Wooden train tracks are good for more than just trains, and this story proves it. It's told in rhyme, with a combination of text boxes and word balloons, and illustrated with colorful photos. The train tracks and toy trains themselves can speak, and the tracks prove to the trains that they have lots of different uses. There's a bonus section at the end showing how you, too, can recreate the fun experiences shown in the book. This is a great STEM read that should inspire lots of play and ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
January 5, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Beau Death by Peter Lovesey

Peter Diamond may wince at being called the ‘veteran superintendent’ of the Bath, England police force, but it will prove impossible to escape historical comparisons with the city’s newest crime scene. Or maybe it’s the oldest crime scene? The recent demolition of eighteenth century row houses reveals a literal skeleton in the attic of one of the condemned buildings—and this one happens to be unmistakably dressed as Beau Nash, one of Bath’s most famous denizens, in authentic 1760s-era clothing ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 3, 2018 | 0 comments
Vacation Reading I often read a fair amount of reading (understatement) over holidays and vacations but for this most recent bout of holiday days off I topped myself. Mostly because it's just been so darn cold! What else is there to do other then huddle under a blanket and read? All this is to say, I may have several posts of vacation reads.  I'll start today with a couple of the more romance-y titles. The Wedding Date ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 2, 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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles Well, readers, it’s time to bid 2017 adieu. The year saw its share of notable titles although no one blockbuster dominated the scene as in previous years. Instead, it was a year for rediscovering old classics such as The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984, word-of-mouth hits (A Gentleman in Moscow and Before We Were Yours being prime examples) and of course, a new political book or memoir appearing on shelves seemingly every week. But that was the old year, and new ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
December 26, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This YA Rom-Com with a nod to Bollywood is both sweet and addicting! When Dimple Met Rishi (Simon Pulse, 2017) is told in two voices, alternating often. The reader feels the giddiness of new love – as well as the push and pull of culture, family expectations, and being true to oneself. I was a fan of both Dimple and Rishi from the very start – and I truly, achingly, wanted everything to work out! It is a warm and cozy read – and definitely a big win for first-time writer Sandhya Menon. I am ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 22, 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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
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

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 18, 2017 | 0 comments
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