There’s nothing like reading aloud as a family on a long winter night, and some of our favorite children’s book authors have new books to take the chill right out of the brisk Iowa air. Here are a few of my favorite new children’s books that are suitable for the whole family…. View more
Born and raised on a different continent, I am always interested in reading about immigration stories , specifically what compelled them to come this far, did their preconceived notions hold true to reality and did “their” American dream become fulfilled. Americanah was a wonderful surprise as it is so much more than merely a tale… View more
Gummy Bears Should Not Be Organic (and other opinions I can’t back up with facts) by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
I came upon this book while roving through the new adult non-fiction on the second floor and picked it up because of the giant gummy teddy on the front (it was almost break time and I was looking forward to a sugar fix and this seemed to at least temporarily appease my cravings). I immediately… View more
If you are on the lookout for a quick and entertaining, yet well-written summer read, I’ve found one for you in The Rosie Project. The Rosie Project is the debut novel of Australian author-cum-IT consultant, Graeme Simsion. It focuses on routine-laden genetics professor, Don Tillman, who has decided he is ready for marriage. He hopes… View more
Do you know who Meghan Daum is? If you do, you are one step ahead of me. She wrote a previous collection of essays titled ‘My Misspent Youth’ and if I had seen that title I guarantee I would have pulled it off the shelf based on curiosity alone. As it is, the title I… View more
We Were Liars is one of those books people really love or really hate. Written by National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart, the book tells the story of the beautiful and rich Sinclair family. Each summer, they go to their private island where they take boat trips and buy fudge. Everything is… View more