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A Book A Week: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

Charles Todd's A Test of Wills is so boring I can barely summon the energy to write about it. I really wanted it to be good because I am craving a good mystery. I was also in the mood to read more about Britain in the World War I era, having just finished watching Downton Abbey on TV. >More
 A Book A Week: The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

I love to read about food in fiction. Apparently so do other people, and some people even try to cook the food that they read about: witness the successful blog Inn at the Crossroads, which re-creates recipes from the George R. R. Martin fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and whose bloggers are now published cookbook authors with the release of A Feast of Ice and Fire, coming out in April from Random House. >More
 A Book A Week: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

I have a love/hate relationship with Barbara Kingsolver. No, wait, that's too strong. It's more of a "this is good"/"this is surprisingly dull" kind of split. Poisonwood Bible? Loved it. Prodigal Summer? B-O-R-I-N-G. Luckily The Lacuna falls into the "good" basket. >More
 A Book A Week: The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

I often complain about books where I dislike all the characters. Sometimes I can't even finish them. When I first met the characters in The Old Romantic, I hated them all, but I pushed on and I am very glad I did. >More
 Madison bookstores prepare for brisk sales of Russ Feingold's While America Sleeps

The publicists at Crown must not know just how gaga Badger progressives are over former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. How the tears flowed when he lost to political newcomer and tea party favorite Ron Johnson in 2010. How his supporters have begged him, in vain, to run against Gov. Scott Walker in an all but certain recall election. >More
 A Book A Week: The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen

Beverly Jensen wrote The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay in the 1990s, but died of cancer before she could publish it. In fact it's not entirely clear whether she meant for it to be published, though she had been working with a writing group and taking writing classes. >More
 A Book A Week: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Is it just me? Why do I dislike books that so many other people love? This is going to turn into one of those deals where everyone asks me if I liked such-and-such a book, and I have to say "nooooo..." and then justify my response to their astonished looks. Like Atonement. Like The Corrections. And now, The Marriage Plot. >More
 A Book A Week: The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern

Rabbi Eliezer, a great sage, is accidentally frozen in a block of ice in Russia in 1889. He remains thusly preserved for over a hundred years until he is inadvertently thawed out and reanimated during a power surge in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1999. His unwitting rescuer is Bernie Karp, an overweight, socially awkward Jewish teenager who has found the frozen rabbi in his parents' basement chest freezer. >More
 Madison Central Library sells out

Since moving to a temporary location last year in advance of renovations to its home on West Mifflin, frequent visitors to the Madison Central Library have no doubt felt a piece of their lives missing, be it in the form of a favorite door handle or metal shelf. But for a limited time, those who wish to reclaim a portion of the library for themselves can do so through a public sale of the building's various accessories and materials. >More
 A Book A Week: Faith by Jennifer Haigh

Faith is the book I've been waiting for Mary Gordon or Alice McDermott to write. These women are leading writers of Irish-American fiction, but neither has taken on the subject of the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic church. Jennifer Haigh has done it instead, and done it well. >More
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