Bravo!  Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle’s insightful poems and Rafael López’s vibrant, soulful illustrations work together to create a memorable poetry collection that celebrates the contributions of a wide variety of Hispanics.  What makes this book special is readers learn about people rarely covered in collective biographies for kids.  Each biographical sketch consists of a double page spread with a […]


Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

A girl walks into a bathtub, positions herself under the nozzle, and time stops.  Literally, time stands still as she basks in a post-orgasmic haze.  This is the actual premise for this graphic novel series.  Suzie thinks she’s all alone in the world with this mysterious fluke, until one night she meets (and by meet, […]


Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

Grann brings to life a period of American history about which I knew nothing: the 1920s oil boom in Osage County, Oklahoma and the murders of wealthy Osage Indians. The book reads almost like a suspense novel as Grann tells the story of how prejudice and greed on the part of whites led them to […]



Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins by Kathy Griffin

I absolutely love Kathy Griffin. For those unfamiliar with her comedic style, Griffin has made a name for herself dishing on and making fun of celebrities.  Now, in KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-INS, she compiles an encyclopedia style index of some of her best celebrity encounters. Who knew she was BFF with Cher? Or that Donald […]


Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

I love intelligent, witty celebrity autobiographies and Anna Kendrick’s SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY is a wonderful example of this. The thing about Anna Kendrick is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Therefore, this autobiography is candid and very down to earth. I actually listened to the audio version of this and it really felt like […]


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I couldn’t put it down; sometimes I couldn’t pick it up. Starr lives in Garden Heights, the ghetto. It’s home, where her close-knit and extended loving family live. It’s where gangbangers and drug dealers terrorize the streets. It’s where cops protect and cops kill. Sometimes they kill the innocent. Starr is in the car with […]


Archer

Archer

First off, this cartoon is not suitable for work, or children, for that matter.  Sterling Archer is a spy a la James Bond, only dumber, oblivious, and is a complete ass.  The agency he works for is off the books and semi-sanctioned by the CIA…but not really.  With a secretary, an accountant, and his mother […]


Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest

An entertaining and deeply creepy novel starring the infamous Lizzie Borden as its heroine.  In this story, she did, in fact, kill her father and stepmother with an ax – but only because they were turning into Lovecraftian monsters.  Now, she lives with her sister and studies in her secret lab, trying to find the […]


Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

This is a beautiful graphic novel that will appeal to adults just as much as teens.  Visually, it’s like returning to those lush fairy tale picture books of my youth, but in the second half of the story when the princess is held captive and all the colors are muted.  In truth, the story isn’t […]