2013 Reviews

December 2013 

Four Books for the New Year, review by Beth Golay 

The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain, review by Beth Golay

Norman Mailer: A Double Life, by J. Michael Lennon, review by Todd Robins

Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd, review by Beth Golay

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: An Homage to P.G. Wodehouse by Sebastian Faulks, review by Todd Robins

The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer, review by Carl Caton

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, review by Carl Caton

 

November 2013 

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, review by Melissa Fox

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, review by Beth Golay 

Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr, review by Beth Golay

One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson, review by Carl Caton

 

October 2013

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook, review by Beth Golay

Rendezvous with Destiny by Michael Fullilove, review by Carl Caton

Joyland by Stephen King, review by Shirley Wells 

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry, review by Melissa Fox. 

The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester, review by Carl Caton 

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman, review by Beth Golay

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang, review by Melissa Fox

 

September 2013

Days of Fire by Peter Baker, review by Carl Caton 

Heart of Dread: Frozen (Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston, review by Melissa Fox 

Someone by Alice McDermott, review by Beth Golay

Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton, An Autobiography by Gary Burton, review by Chris Heim    

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, review by Beth Golay 

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, review by Melissa Fox

Night Film by Marisha Pessl, review by Susan Gusho 

 

August 2013

The Distancers: An American Memoir by Lee Sandlin, review by Beth Golay

Wilson by A. Scott Berg, review by Carl Caton

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov, review by Mark David Bradshaw 

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Guilded Capital by Mark Leibovich, review by Todd Robins

Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Aja Settles & Juliana Worrell, review by Mark David Bradshaw

 

July 2013

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, review by Wendy Ward 

Socratic Circles: Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking in Middle and High School by Matt Copeland, review by Mark David Bradshaw

& Sons by David Gilbert, review by Beth Golay 

Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans by Rafe Esquith, review by Mark David Bradshaw

The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan, review by Wendy Ward

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer, review by Beth Golay 

The Never List by Koethi Zan, review by Susan Gusho 

The Great War by Peter Hart, review by Carl Caton

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, review by Melissa Fox

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, review by Shirley Wells 

 

 

June 2013

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld & Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine, review by Sarah Bagby 

Inferno by Dante, review by Mark David Bradshaw 

The Eye of God by James Rollins, review by Melody Robinson 

Lexicon by Max Barry, review by Rebekah Rine 

E.B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White, review by Carl Caton 

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson, review by Carl Caton 

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, review by Carl Caton 

Icons by Margaret Stohl & The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, review by Melissa Fox

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, review by Beth Golay 

The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer, review by Melissa Fox 

Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis, review by Carl Caton

About Crows by Craig Blais, Review by Shirley Wells

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr, review by Melissa Fox    

 

May 2013

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle, review by Beth Golay

The Black Country by Alex Grecian, review by Sue Najim

On the Map by Simon Garfield, review by Carl Caton 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, review by Sarah Bagby

Rake by Scott Phillips, review by Todd Robins

The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson, review by Carl Caton

Snapper by Brian Kimberling, review by Beth Golay 

W.A.R.P. #1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer, review by Melissa Fox 

Midnight in Peking by Paul French, review by Carl Caton

 

April 2013

The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist, review by Melissa Fox 

Born on the Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier by Bob Thompson, review by Carl Caton 

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris, review by Beth Golay

Gulp by Mary Roach, review by Carl Caton

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, review by Beth Golay

The Dark by Lemony Snicket (illustrated by Jon Klassen) and The Black Rabbit by Phillippa Leathers, review by Melissa Fox

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, review by Shirley Wells

The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber, review by Shirley Wells

Short Stories, review by Brian Seemann

Coolidge by Amity Schlaes, review by Carl Caton

Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans by Keith F. Davis, Jane L. Aspinwall, and April M. Watson, review by Beth Golay.

 

 

March 2013

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma, review by Beth Golay

The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid, review by Carl Caton 

Middle Men: Stories by Jim Gavin, review by Todd Robins

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, review by Beth Golay 

In the Middle of America: Printmaking & Print Exhibitions by C.A. Seward & Friends, review by Beth Golay 

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock, review by Melissa Fox

 

 

February 2013

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, review by Susan Gusho 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, review by Melissa Fox 

The Riptide Ultra-Glide by Tim Dorsey, review by Todd Robins

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl, review by Ellen Jones

 

 

 

January 2013

Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times by Robin D. G. Kelley, review by Chris Heim 

The End of Space by Albert Goldbarth, review by Beth Golay

Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew, review by Susan Gusho

Y by Marjorie Celona, review by Beth Golay 

Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex, review by Melissa Fox 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes, review by Beth Golay 

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes, review by Shirley Wells 

The End of Your Life Bookclub, by Will Schwalbe, review by Shirley Wells

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, review by Melissa Fox