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A review of The Cloudspotter's Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a man on a mission.  Founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Pretor-Pinney wants us to dispell with the tyranny of 'blue sky thinking' which associates clouds with glum moods and disappointment.  Instead, he claims, we should rediscover the beauty of the balletic display ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
July 6, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

is called On Chesil Beach. It's a super- slim volume, all of 203 pages. But for me, it packed a punch. It's the early '60s, and a just-wed couple is sitting in their hotel room, having dinner before consumating their marriage. The story is structured so that as the meal proceeds, we get flashbacks into ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
July 5, 2007 | 1 comment
A review of The Yogurt Man Cometh by Kevin Revolinski

When I think about all the things that could go wrong while I'm traveling in other countries, I have to admit: finding a good way to turn down an insistent yogurt salesperson has never crossed my mind. But that's exactly the sort of situation that author Kevin Revolinski faced on one of his first nights in Turkey (and describes in his new book ...read more

Reviewed by Sarah - Alicia Ashman on
July 3, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

I love Barbara Kingsolver.  For years I've called her my favorite author, idolizing her as a writer (and a person), waiting impatiently for her next novel, rereading some when the wait got too long.  Though I prefer her novels, her nonfiction will do in a pinch.  Not to say she doesn't ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
July 2, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Bidding for Love by Katie Fforde

Bidding for Love by Katie Fforde is an improvement over her last book,   ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 30, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack L. Goldsmith and Tim Wu

Well, the United States government controls the Internet part, apparently.  Perhaps this should be cause for concern, given Senator Ted Stevens's much-maligned "series of tubes" comment. ...read more

Reviewed by Jon - Central Library on
June 29, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

What would you do if you were the last man on earth?  Look for your girlfriend, of course!  But how would you find her if the world's infastructure has collapsed?  You team up with an geneticist and a secret agent to solve the mystery of why you are the only man left (and look for your girlfriend at the same time). And so Yorick, the last man on earth due a a plague that killed everything with a Y chromosome, and his pet monkey Ampersand set forth and travel ...read more

Reviewed by Kelly - Central on
June 28, 2007 | 1 comment
A review of Everything I Needed To Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume by Jennifer O'Connell

Judy Blume books got secretly passed around the classroom more than any other when I was in grade school.  Not necessarily because the books were taboo, but because their topics were embarrassing.  The things we couldn't ask our parents or other trusted adults about, we counted on Judy to answer for us.  Scary topics like divorce, or menstruation and first sexual ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 27, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of True Notebooks by Mark Salzman

True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall is a surprising book. After all, one would think that life in a juvenile detention center would be very grim and difficult and in many ways it is.  But ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
June 26, 2007 | 0 comments
A review of Death Jr. by Gary Whitta

Looking for something a little offbeat? Then check out Death Jr. by Gary Whitta.  It tells the story of the son of the Grim Reaper and the trials and travails he goes through when he goes to a new school.  Things get off to a bad start when he gets too close to the class goldfish and it dies.  However, ...read more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
June 25, 2007 | 0 comments
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