Gods of Gotham
Lindsay Faye
January 29, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

Fans of grittier mystery in historic settings will be intrigued by this police procedural set against the backdrop of 1840s New York City.  A young Irish immigrant is found brutally murdered and Timothy Wilde, newly employed by the fledgling New York police department, is called upon to find a serial killer.  I am a particular fan of fiction that makes me see the world I live in differently.  The anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment of that time, and the author’s portrayal of it, contains parallels to issues our society struggles with to this day.  An excellent opener to a new mystery series.

The Daylight Gate
Jeanette Winterson
January 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Tonia

A shorter than usual book this story packs a powerful punch! Set in early 17th century England, Winterson weaves an "on the edge of your seat" tale  that draws parallels between witch trials and feminism. Fans of historical fiction or those interested in the Salem Witch Trials will surely enjoy this spine tingly twist. 

 
March
John Lewis
January 22, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

March tells the story of the civil rights movement through the eyes of Congressman John Lewis. It is January 20, 2009 and President Barack Obama is being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America. Congressman John Lewis goes to his office before the inauguration and is met by a family interested in history and how African Americans arrived at this point in history. John Lewis grew up in Pike County, Alabama. His whole perspective on the possibilities in life changed on a trip he took with his Uncle Otis. They traveled north to Buffalo, New York. Seeing the way black people lived in the north made john more aware of the differences in south segregation had made. He returned home determined to become an educated citizen.

 
The Book of Unknown Americans
Cristina Henriquez
January 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

A great read that is well written and moving.  A story of immigrants, it gives voice to people that we rarely hear from in today's world.  This book was listed by many as a best book of 2014 and I understand why - give it a read to see if you agree.

Virtual Unreality
Charles Seife
January 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

We all know, at least in theory, that much of the Internet is unreliable. Virtual Unreality by Charles Seife shows exactly how unreliable it is. After reading this fast-paced and funny book, I didn't unplug, but I definitely spent less time on Facebook and following clickbait headlines. 

 
Pack of Dorks
Beth Vrabel
January 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Lucy goes from being the it girl of fourth grade to a total dork.  Her friend tosses her under the bus so she can take the top spot of popular girl.  At the same time, Lucy’s new sister is born with special needs that create stress for her parents.  Lucy has to figure out how to save her reputation when even the class booger picker doesn’t want anything to do with her.   Do wolves have it all figured out?  Maybe Lucy needs to create a her own pack to survive.  

Point Your Face at This
Demetri Martin
January 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Laura

If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud book that you can read or skim in one sitting, do point your face at Martin’s pictures-only comedic offering. Ranging from Venn diagrams to bar graphs to doodles to pie charts, Martin’s jokes translate well to the illustrated format while preserving the flavor of his more traditional stand-up.

 
Black Hour
Lori Rader-Day
January 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

Sociology professor Amelia Emmet has no idea why she was shot by a student she didn’t know last year.  The student killed himself, but Amelia has recovered--to a point.  She tries to get her life together while she struggles with pain, newfound disability, and the obvious discomfort of her colleagues.  Her graduate teaching assistant, Nath, is fascinated with violence as a sociological study and with Amelia’s case in particular.  Nath and Amelia, together with a persistent journalist, somehow manage to discover the truth.  A very well-crafted debut novel by Lori Rader-Day.    

 
Soulless
Gail Carriger
December 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Kristin

What’s not to love about a book with a delightfully tough-minded Victorian protagonist, her goofy best friend with atrocious taste in hats, a flamboyant vampire confidant, and a hulking Scottish werewolf romantic lead?  Alexia Tarabotti is a little too blue-stocking, and Italian, to be quite the thing in Victorian London.  Resigned to a life of spinsterhood, she is surprised to find herself embroiled in romance and adventure, not to mention the owner of an excessively well-armed parasol.  Steam-punk meets paranormal romance in this hilarious series opener!

 
The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
December 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Desi

Josh and Jordan are twin basketball stars burning up the court! They do everything together until a young romance drives a wedge between the two brothers. Now Josh must figure out a way to mend a relationship he's depended on all his life.