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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

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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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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 more

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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 more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees

Have you ever wondered why there are plenty of chickens and no Tyrannosaurus Rexes in the world today? The answer is Edna, the very first chicken. She is small and brave and won’t let the big and fierce T. Rex bully her or the other dinosaurs. In Douglas Rees’ fun and colorful book Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken readers find that it doesn’t take powerful jaws and a roar to be brave. Filled with dinosaur antics, cluck-worthy excitement, and feathery heroics, this is read is more

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December 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

I have run out of superlatives when describing this book to friends. There is so much to love, such rich artwork and storytelling. Alison Bechdel calls it virtuosic; I would say mind-blowing. The story is as complex, nuanced, and dark as the art. Perhaps dark times call for dark stories, but ultimately Monsters comes down to girl power and Ferris’ timing is just right.  My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a story within a story influenced by Emil Ferris’ own surreal story. Her more

Reviewed by Amy - Monroe Street on
December 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

Retired United States Navy Admiral William H. McRaven offers the most practical advice. Take it. Follow it. Make it your own. The Navy SEAL says so.  Admiral McRaven first shared his basic lessons in a commencement address for the graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014 and this book divides them into ten principles. The first step is to make your bed. This demonstrates discipline and shows attention to detail. You do not have to make your bed military style more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

So many exciting twist and turns! An endearing adventure all the way to the end. I was awed at the varied facets the main character endured from the very beginning, like witnessing her mother's detainment after her first flight to the United States to her less than celebratory introduction to meeting her new family members. I enjoyed her innocence of learning Western culture through the eyes of her cousins and new friends. I appreciated she kept so close to her rituals and beliefs from her more

Reviewed by Kim on
December 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Now by Antoinette Portis

Antoinetter Portis' new book Now is a beautiful and poignant look at childhood and all of its favorite things. Childhood is about discovering new favorite things, often that change daily and grown-ups will smile at the familiar shift from one favorite to the next like, "This is my favorite song, because it's the one I am singing." But to me this book is a light handed introduction to mindfulness and a guide to living in the moment. Enjoying amazing things in nature like your favorite breeze, a more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 8, 2017 | 0 comments
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