Book reviews

Book Review: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

The Guns of August

Unlike previous wars, World War I was an unraveling of the social contract and the expectations of civilized behavior, an erosion of the ideas of what combatants may do in war.

Our Favorites from 2014

As the year comes to a close, our librarians wanted to share their favorite books, movies, television series, and music that either came out in the past year, or that we discovered in 2014!

The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Laughing Policeman

For an amazing mystery series that serves not only as a great example of police procedural writing, but also as social commentary on Sweden in the 1960s and 70s, one cannot do better than this series.

Book Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Patrick Rothfuss introduces The Slow Regard of Silent Things with a warning that it's not a proper story. It doesn't do the things a story is supposed to do. And it's wonderful. It's unlike most anything else I've read and I treasured every word of it.

Yes, the Holidays are Upon Us Again.

Holidays on Ice

Have the holiday decorations and holly jolly music already put you in a decidedly Scrooge-ish spirit, and it's not even Thanksgiving? Then we have some reading suggestions for you, all completely saccharine- and schmaltz-free.