A review of Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

Many a bride or groom in history have been plagued by meddlesome relatives with opinions, solicited or otherwise, on the proper course a couple should—or shouldn’t—take in the path to wedded bliss. There is, after all, one’s happiness at stake. But let’s for a moment take a moment to feel for the offspring of that great matriarch, Queen Victoria. The queen and her beloved husband, Prince Albert, were graced with nine children, who in turn begat 42 grandchildren. To Albert, this ‘royal mob’ wasn more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 10, 2018 | 0 comments
Vacation Reading, continued Last week I posted about the lighter reading I did over the holiday vacation, but that was only half the picture. Here's the darker side. With her standalone novels Nora Roberts has been stretching herself a bit more each year and the balance has definitely tipped towards suspense/mystery with some romance. Her latest, not due until May but in LINKcat already, reflects the trend. Shelter in Place begins more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 9, 2018 | 0 comments
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 20, 2017 | 0 comments
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