Complications – book review

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science By Atul Gawande Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) In 2006 when he published this, Atul Gawande was a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston as well as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School (in addition to being a writer for The New Yorker). Here, he collects some patient/doctor stories that give insight into the training of doctors (surgeons in … Read more

Alcohol Ink Dyed Scarves Gallery (January 2024)

So many beautiful scarves were created during this class. Participants experimented with different folding and rubberbanding techniques, and colorful dyes to make these unique masterpieces. Lots of fun on a very chilly afternoon! We are all looking forward to doing this again in the future.

Watership Down (graphic novel) – book review

Watership Down Graphic novel adaptation by Richard Adams, James Sturm, Joe Sutphin Adventure Fiction Fantasy (because, talking rabbits) Graphic Novel * * * * Stars (Great!) This is an excellent graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams’ book, “Watership Down.” It captures the personalities of the rabbits and the urgency of their perilous quest to find a new, safe home to call their own, when developers destroy their old home. Adams created a wonderful world, mythology, … Read more

Lumara – book review

Lumara by Melissa Landers Fantasy Supernatural Mystery * * * * Stars (Great!) Talia Morris has been wronged by Mystics before and when she learns that her boyfriend, Nathaniel IS one and hails from Lumara, a famous Mystic island enclave, she’s a lot of things. Shocked, distressed, furious… But she agrees to give his family a chance when he invites her to attend his cousin’s wedding on the island. Things seem to be going well … Read more

Cookies & Milk – Read It and Rate It

Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) The book “Cookies & Milk” is really a page turner. Page after page, there are always exciting events. It starts off with a boy named Ellis Bailey Johnson. It was the last day of school and, instead of going home, he and his dad went to an abandoned warehouse and Ellis was told by his father that they were … Read more

D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call – book review

D&D Dungeon Club: Roll Call by Molly Knox Ostertag and Xanthe Bouma Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Jess and Olivia have been best friends for a long time and have been playing D&D together for much of that time. Now that they’re in 8th grade, Olivia has a plan to start a D&D club at school and bring in other folks to join the campaign. Jess is NOT on board … Read more

What the Hex – book review

What the Hex? Witches of Brooklyn bk #2 by Sophie Escabasse Fantasy Graphic Novel Mystery Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Effie is miffed because her friend Berrit made a new friend over winter break and has been completely ignoring her. It’s hard to compete with Garance, who is cool and French and a great artist. Everyone else seems to like her a lot. These sorts of mundane concerns are distracting Effie from … Read more

Witches of Brooklyn – book review

Witches of Brooklyn Witches of Brooklyn bk #1 by Sophie Escabasse Fantasy Graphic Novel Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Effie arrives at her elderly aunt’s house in Brooklyn in the middle of the night accompanied by a man from child/social services. Although Effie’s aunt Selimene is her only surviving relative, Selimene has received no prior notice of the situation and is not prepared to take her niece in. After a lot of yelling, … Read more

Body Market – book review

The Body Market Unplugged trilogy, book #2 by Donna Freitas Science Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Skylar makes it out of the app world and once again inhabits her body in the real world. It’s both amazing and terrifying. She discovers that her family are way more powerful and politically connected than she knew (in both the real and virtual worlds), and her sister, Jude, has orchestrated a plan to sell the bodies … Read more