A review of The Island by Marije Tolman

This is a beautifully illustrated wordless book by the father daughter team of Ronald Tolman and Marije Tolman. The child and adult drawings meld perfectly in this story that will have any reader full of words to describe the animals great adventures. For other amazing wordless picture books, check out: Chalk by more

Reviewed by Trent on
June 7, 2013 | 0 comments
June Mysteries Summer is a time to relax and catch up with old friends, both real and fictional. So I thought that I would again share some of the mysteries that I am looking forward to reading this summer. Since there are so many I've divided it into parts. Here are the June ones. Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson [6/13]setting: late 18th Century Englandcharacter: Harriet Westerman & Gabriel more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 6, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Thucydides: The Reinvention of History by Donald Kagan

I was originally drawn to Thucydides by my interest in documentary film theory. In fact, I’ve come to think of him more as a documentarian, reporting what he saw, overheard, or gleaned from conversations or interviews, than an historian who writes about the distant past through equal parts research and imagination. In the History of the Peloponnesian War more

Reviewed by Sean - Central on
June 5, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

A few weeks ago I was on a panel at a library conference. We were talking about notable books in various genres. While I enjoy talking about good books, the really fun thing for me was getting to hear about books in other genres that my fellow librarians were raving about. One of the books I heard about was The Rook - and I have to say it lived up to the recommendation. "Dear You,The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins this incredibly original, inventive more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 4, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes by Rachel Khoo

Oh, loveliness, thy name is Rachel Khoo. And her kitchen. And her cooking. And her new book. And especially its chapter on snacking. So beautiful! If you are a cook or cookbook reader or enjoy spending quality time browsing the Anthropologie store, you will find much to appreciate about this new book. The photographs are gorgeous. Rachel's tiny kitchen organized to perfection and stocked with all the essentials more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 3, 2013 | 3 comments
A review of Ghoulish Song by William Alexander

Kaile’s shadow separates from her while playing a bone flute gifted to her by a traveling goblin. Superstition says that once a person loses their shadow, they are really dead. So to everyone in her city, even her family, Kaile is now a ghoul. Kaile and her shadow, Shade, seek out to find the origin of the flute and to prove to everyone she is still alive. Their adventures lead to a music audition, saving the city from an impending danger, and a ghoul made of thousands of drowned bones. Even more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 31, 2013 | 0 comments
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Adult Summer Reading Program Don't let the kids have all the fun--sign up for ADULT summer reading club. This year, adult family members can join in the fun, too, with Madison’s first Adult Summer Reading Club. All Summer Reading Clubs begin June 1.  Participants can register online at or stop in any Madison Library to register. You can log your books in person at your local branch or online. By doing so you'll more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 30, 2013 | 0 comments
Booklist's Top 10 Crime Novels Looking for a good crime novel to read, then check out Booklist's The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2013. Below is their list of the Top 10 Crime Novels. Since I've only read one of the titles, I can't speak to the other nine titles, but The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny does belong on the list in my opinion. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 28, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim

Kind Miss Mary Lynn MacIntosh is doggone lonely! She decides that a friend from the pound would be just the thing to liven things up. However, Miss Mary Lynn falls for Blue, the basset hound, the only untrained dog in the place. How “arf-ful”! Chaos ensues when Blue brings all his pound buddies along. Miss Mary Lynn is rescued by Sam, the pound’s dog trainer, and romance ensues. A happy ending is enjoyed by all! A Hound from the Pound is a witty offering that begs to be read aloud.  The more

Reviewed by Ruth on
May 24, 2013 | 0 comments
Mystery Group Reads I haven't reported in a while about what our mystery book group has been reading. We're meeting currently at the South Madison branch on the second Thursday of the month, but will switch back to the new central library (so exciting!) in October. The best thing about a book discussion group is hearing the different reactions to a book. Our last three titles were variously not-liked, liked, loved and a range of things in-between - which makes them all good choices for your book discussion group. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 22, 2013 | 0 comments
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