2011 Reviews

December 2011

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories by Nathan Englander, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver, review by Melissa Fox.

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews, review by Todd Robins.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, review by Sarah Bagby.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, review by Holly Nickel.

Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain by Jim Lehrer, review by Sarah Bagby.

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun by Robert Greenfield, review by Bruce Jacobs

Ranchero by Rick Gavin, review by Todd Robins.


November 2011

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, review by Shirley Wells.

Osa & Martin: For the Love of Adventure by Kelly Enright, review by Sarah Bagby. 

Chime by Franny Billingsley, review by Melissa Fox.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, review by Melissa Fox

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon, review by Todd Robins.

Happy Pig Day! An Elephant and Piggie Book by Mo Willems, review by Mark David Bradshaw.


October 2011

Midnight Rising: John Brown & the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz, review by Sarah Bagby.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman, review by Shirley Wells

Maman's Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan, review by Sarah Bagby.

Lucky Bruce by Bruce Jay Friedman, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper #3 by Tamora Pierce, review by Melissa Fox.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, review by Sarah Bagby.

New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou, review by Beth Golay.

Everything Happens Today by Jesse Browner, review by Bruce Jacobs.

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, review by Jason Quinn Malott.

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn, review by Holly Nickel.

September 2011

The Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, review by Sarah Bagby.

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran, review by Shirley Wells.

Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznik, review by Sarah Bagby.

The Secret Power of Middle Children by Catherine Salmon, Ph.D & Katrin Schumann, review by Shirley Wells.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, review by Cat Connolly.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, review by Shirley Wells.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, review by Beth Golay.

It's a Little Book by Lane Smith, review by Beth Golay.

Rode by Thomas Fox Averill, review by Sarah Bagby.

An Emergency in Slow Motion by William Todd Schultz, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, review by Wendy Ward.


August 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, review by Cat Connolly.

Life on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas, reviewed by Holly Nickel.

House of Holes: A Book of Raunch by Nicholson Baker, review by Rebekah Rine.

Other People's Money by Justin Cartwright, review by Todd Robins.

Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant by Anthony Myint & Karen Leibowitz, reviewed by Holly Nickel.

The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard, reviewed by Joyce Suellentrop.

The Persistence of the Color Line by Randall Kennedy, reviewed by Bruce Jacobs.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, reviewed by Sarah Bagby.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, review by Shirley Wells.

Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun by Amy Barickman, review by Sarah Bagby.

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes by Maria Speck, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a NOT-SO-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell, review by Cat Connolly


July 2011

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, review by Cat Connolly.

Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden, review by Shirley Wells.

The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott, review by Sarah Bagby.

French Classics Made Easy by Richard Grausman, review by Beth Golay.

The Oregon Experiment by Keith Scribner, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, review by Sarah Bagby.

David Crockett: The Lion of the West by Michael Wallis, review by Joyce Suellentrop.


June 2011

Risk Only Money by Jack deBoer, review by Sarah Bagby.

What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years by Ricky Riccardi, review by Bruce Jacobs.

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain, review by Shirley Wells.

Dead Rules by Randy Russell, review by Colleen McGee

Doc by Mary Doria Russell, review by Bruce Jacobs.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, review by Cat Connolly.

Untold Story by Monica Ali, review by Sarah Bagby.

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

1000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear & Art by Dr. Grymm, review by Cat Connolly.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, review by Sarah Bagby.

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson, review by Shirley Wells.

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler and Ann Long, review by Wendy Ward.


May 2011

My American Life by Francine Prose, review by Sarah Bagby.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, review by Colleen McGee.

The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker, review by Shirley Wells.

Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan, review by Sarah Bagby.


April 2011

Mothers & Daughters by Rae Meadow, review by Sarah Bagby.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, review by Cat Connolly.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet, review by Cat Connolly.

Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian, review by Sarah Bagby.

Bossypants by Tina Fey, review by Shirley Wells.

The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition by Oscar Wilde, edited by Nicholas Frankel, review by Cat Connolly.

Green Market Baking Book by Laura Martin, review by Megan Bruce.

The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini, review by Shirley Wells


March 2011

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson, review by Sarah Bagby. 

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr, review by Sarah Bagby .

I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron, review by Shirley Wells.

Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis: Suez and the Brink of War by David A. Nichols, review by Joyce Suellentrop. 

Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge by Deborah Boschert, et al, review by Shirley Wells

Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich, review by Megan Lore.

When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle, review by Sarah Bagby.


February 2011

Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics by Sasha Cagen, review by Cat Connolly.

West of Here by Jonathan Evison, review by Sarah Bagby.

Rosenblatt Stadium: Omaha's Diamond on the Hill by Steven Pivovar, review by Sarah Bagby.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow, review by Shirley Wells.

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

Except If by Jim Averbeck, review by Mark David Bradshaw.

Power Foods by Martha Stewart and the editors of Whole Living Magazine, review by Mark David Bradshaw


January 2011

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, review by Sarah Bagby.

The Poison Tree: A Novel by Erin Kelly, review by Shirley Wells.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond, review by Wendy Ward.

The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, review by Wendy Ward.

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, review by Sarah Bagby


December 2010

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin, review by Sarah Bagby.