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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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 8, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time by Eve Babitz

Eve Babitz is a woman who will not be pigeonholed. A fixture of the 1970s Los Angeles scene, she was an infamous party girl and muse. She was also an intellectual, artist, journalist, and novelist, whose talent was often overshadowed by her buxom stature and a hedonistic appetite for men, booze, and food. Now an elderly recluse, Babitz is receiving a righteous rediscovering, with a steady reissuing of her works over the last few years. Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good ...read more

Reviewed by Tyler on
March 6, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte, Jim Campbell, and Veronica Fish

Have you felt enchanted when experiencing live theater? I have! This new graphic novel series explores the weird and wild magic that happens behind the scenes of high school theater productions. Jory is a new student at St. Genesius looking for an after-school activity. He stumbles into the backstage crew on accident and immediately finds a place in their ranks. They are a welcoming and motley bunch working the lights, sound, sets and costumes and they have a secret. There's a hidden world ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 5, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Saint's Gate by Carla Neggers

I have been meaning to read this series for a long time, but somehow just didn't get to it. Well, now that I have read the first one (free e-book from the library) I will positively be getting more. FBI agent Emma Sharpe gets a request from an old acquaintance regarding the authenticity of a piece of art, a specialty her family has long been involved in. Things get complicated when the acquaintance, a nun, is killed on convent grounds and the piece of art has disappeared. Add in another member ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 2, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight Today's reader is Rachel Werner, a very busy woman who still manages to find time to read and work with the library. In addition to teaching occasional writing and yoga classes at the Central Library, she's also a mentor for one of the teams planning events in this year's Library Takeover program. Stay tuned for more information about these events coming this spring and summer. Rachel is digital editor of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
March 1, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner

In 1946 the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated seating on interstate buses was unconstitutional. Eight years later the 1954 landmark ruling from the Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education declared public school segregation violated the Constitution. And in 1960 the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of interstate bus passengers at station restrooms, lunch counters and waiting rooms also violated the law.  Despite these rulings the practice of segregation ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 27, 2018 | 0 comments
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