Category Archives: Book Reviews

Staff Pick: Echoes of Edisto

Today’s Staff Pick comes from Julie, who read Echoes of Edisto by C. Hope Clark: Before I start talking about the Edisto mysteries, I have to comment that I love the first trilogy author C. Hope Clark penned, the Carolina Slade mysteries. … Continue reading

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Staff Pick: The Last Divine Office

This week’s Staff Pick comes from Dennis, who wrote about the book The Last Divine Office: Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Geoffrey Moorhouse: The Last Divine Office is a portrait of the English Reformation as viewed from the … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Rage of Poseidon

Cartoonist Anders Nilsen tends to create works that blend the mythic and the modern. His largest and most popular work to date, 2011’s Big Questions, puts classic mythology and existential pondering in the mouths of birds and snakes who have … Continue reading

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Heard any good books lately?

We always have new books on display here in the Center for the Reader, but maybe you’d rather listen than read? The Washington Post recently published their list of best audiobooks of 2015. Included are The Tsar of Love and Techno by … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Kiss & Tell

MariNaomi’s 2011 graphic memoir Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Résumé, Ages 0 to 22 is the real-life story of one girl’s fumblings and searchings through teenage, pre-teen, and a few pre-pre-teen brushes with romance. Mari uses a simple, zine-friendly black and … Continue reading

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Toeing the Highbrow/Lowbrow Line, Continued: First-Time Forays Into Romance

Here at Center for the Reader, we make no quibbles over genre. From the back cover of Maya Rodale’s Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained: “Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels have had a … Continue reading

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Review: Chris Onstad, The Great Outdoor Fight

Chris Onstad writes the consistently brilliant (but currently on hiatus) webcomic Achewood (http://www.achewood.com/). Achewood the comic, and the fictional suburb of the same name, are home to a number of anthropomorphic cats, dogs, robots, stuffed animals, and occasionally Chris himself … Continue reading

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What makes a book “important”?

Why do we call some books “important,” and are “important” books and “classic” books one in the same? Book Riot asks: And if you’re looking for The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, we’ve got ya.

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Graphic Novel Review: Here by Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire’s experimental graphic novel Here began over twenty-five years ago as a six page graphic short in the pages of the now legendary RAW magazine. In this short piece, McGuire maintained a fixed perspective across every square panel—a seemingly … Continue reading

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