A comic collection Jason and I picked up at an antique mall this weekend.
Friday, May 30, 2014
This book had been on the pull list for a patron and after reading the back, I thought it looked interesting. Ralph Moody was 8-years-old when his family moved to a ranch in Colorado in 1906. It covers the first few years of his family's experiences, and was funny, touching and sweet. This was a great book for people looking for a boy's version of Little House on the Prairie.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I always loved "The Lighter Side of..." strips in Mad Magazine, so I was delighted to see this book come into the library featuring the cartoonist's career from the 1950s on. A great look at how society has changed, but humor stays the same.
I always like the Big Nate books. The biggest issue with them is getting them into the house and reading them before my kids run off with them. Considering my daughters are 12 and 18, it's a testament to how funny the books are.
I saw this reviewed somewhere else and thought it looked really funny. Requested it via inter-library loan, gave it a go, and, meh, not so funny.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A review book I read covering the life of Mary Shelton, one of Queen Elizabeth's ward, who was the closest thing to a daughter that the Virgin Queen had. Well written and fascinating.
A great teen book looking at how gays were a subsection that Hitler tried to wipe out during WWII and how they faced persecution after the war as well. It took decades for them to get any acknowledgement for their time and treatment in the concentration camps.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The thriller editions of the Sweet Valley books are always extremely campy. Really, a vampire with mind control and nobody thinks of that when bodies keep turning up drained of blood.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Whenever a new David Lubar book comes into my house it's a struggle between my daughters and myself over who gets to read it first. If someone puts the book down unguarded, it can very easily disappear, only to be found in someone else's hot, little hands. His short stories are always funny, creepy and twisted, like my family.
I really like these mysteries. They're set in the 1920s in Scotland, and are a great view of the upperclass from a slightly askew viewpoint. I had no idea of where this one was going up until the very end, which is always better than knowing the killer from page one.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
These books ALWAYS have me going "crapity crap crap" at the end because I just want Martha to get a happy ending but somehow it always gets pulled away from her. These are heartbreaking reads that have me eagerly turning each page. A great memoir series.
Monday, May 12, 2014
This is a collection of the early horror comics put out by Simon & Kirby. These comics were brought down by the Senate hearings in the 1950s that resulted in the comics association censoring themselves. A great collection and a must read for fans of early comic books, especially the horror ones.
This is the third book in this completely heartbreaking series. Martha is sixteen and sets out from the convent to make her way in the world. But she is soon back on the streets trying to make her way, determined to be somebody some day. I love these books, they're a fascinating look at a subsection of society that often gets overlooked. I so want to bring Martha home, give her a warm bath, soft bed, a hot meal, and most of all, love.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This book is about a young Austrian Jew who managed to survive the war by going underground with a fake identity. She even ended up marrying a German man who became a Nazi officer by the end of the war (and who knew her real identity.) This was a great look at the story of a U-boat (term for a Jew who hid beneath the surface) and the struggles to survive while retaining your sense of self. I'm very glad I saw this reviewed elsewhere and requested it interlibrary loan.