Juvenile Book Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Recently there have been quite a few books on topics of terminal disease and disability, including The Fault in our Stars, Wonder, and My Sister’s Keeper. Somehow I missed this one: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. I had read other books by her and knew she was a good writer. So I finally…


Book Review: Cat out of Hell by Lynne Truss

I spent the entire time I read the book Cat Out of Hell asking myself, “Is it humor? Or is it horror?” I would alternately laugh out loud or expect creepy music. This strange English tale begins at the seaside, where we find retired Cambridge periodicals’ librarian Alec Charlesworth. Recently widowed, Alec has rented a…


Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Once again a bestseller much touted by everyone has failed to live up to the praise. There is a trend here that the public should take note of—if a book falls into a genre category, check with those who love the category before buying the book. In this case, The Martian could be called MacGyver…


Hurry Up and Hold: Ms Marvel

I cannot wait to have Ms Marvel in my library. For those unfamiliar, Ms Marvel is only the greatest comic ever. And the last year of issues were 100% my gateway into the world of comics. But backing up to the 70s, Marvel has a pretty great, entwined history with the honorific “Ms” thanks to…


New Harper Lee Novel Announced!

Chills ran up and down my spine as I watched clips of people reading aloud from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The clips were aired with the huge announcement that there is a sequel, with a scheduled release date of July 14th. The sequel, written in the 1950’s, is called Go Set a Watchman….

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

  The Silkworm is the anticipated sequel to Robert Galbraith’s debut novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.   After the events of The Cuckoo’s Calling, detective and former Special Ops Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott are busy with lucrative clients. When author Owen Quine goes missing his wife hires Strike to find Quine, Strike finds…


Tessa’s Book Recommendation: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Bestsellers come and go with hardly a glance from me. Occasionally I will pick one up, especially if it is science fiction or fantasy, and usually I find it a huge disappointment, as it will also be for any experienced readers. Books such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Ben Percy’s Red Moon, or Justin Cronin’s…


Three YA Boarding School Books

I’ve been going through a huge E. Lockhart phase. She is a Young Adult (YA) writer who recently released the wildly popular We Were Liars. I devoured that book, I bought a copy for my niece for her birthday, and I started on a mission to read everything Lockhart has written. This is what brought…


Tessa’s DVD Recommendation: Belle (2013; Rated PG)

Feature Films with Food at Carnegie watched a sleeper this week! And I mean that in the nicest possible way, the film industry’s meaning of “something that succeeds when no one thought it would.” Belle is based on the true story of an 18th century woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle. Belle was the daughter of…


Tessa’s Nobel Prize Winner Rejection: Missing Person by Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature this month, mainly for work he did “on the human identity” in the book, Rue des Boutiques Obscures, which translated is, Missing Person in English. I just don’t see the reasoning behind this award.The story is an endless dull grind of Guy Roland looking, searching, for his…