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Slinky gowns, gin fizzes & giddy love affairs.


Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell brings the 1920s to life through the stories of women emblematic of their time, among them Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, and Zelda Fitzgerald. In defiance of traditional cultural norms, these women led daring, glamorous, often scandalous lives.

Deliciously gossipy and fun, yet insightful and informative, this fast paced read is feminist history at its most entertaining.

Mary @ Forest Home


Baseball fans remember Lenny "Nails" Dykstra as a much-loved player with the Mets and Phillies. Though never a megastar, Dykstra's intense, hard-nosed style of play had a cultish following. After leaving the game, he rose to prominence again for his supposed business acumen, having sold a chain of car washes he founded for a hefty profit and displaying a savant-like ability for picking winning stocks.

While all of that is true, the real story of Lenny Dykstra is of a loutish, crude egomaniac whose empire was built on sand. Nailed!: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra is the story of financial writer Christopher Frankie's time working for Dykstra in that empire. Dykstra's behavior, as Frankie chronicles it in this book, is outrageous, shocking and even frightening. Dykstra is revealed as nothing less than a thug, using his celebrity to intimidate people into handing over their money or credit cards to him just so he can maintain the tycoon lifestyle he can no longer afford. Avoid Lenny Dykstra at all costs, but don't avoid this book.

Brett @ Central

Soups & roasts & desserts & more!


The America's Test Kitchen team has done it again! A second useful (and useable) slow cooker recipe book! Slow Cooker Revolution has several uses. For one, it provides helpful tips for slow cooking (as did the first volume). Secondly, there are useful product ratings. And finally, there are the recipes. From chicken to cheesecake, there's a recipe for everyone.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki

Get ready, get set, SAVE!!

Money Smart Week 2014 is now underway! Come join us at MPL during the week of April 5-12. There will be lots of great events hosted by us and other agencies throughout Wisconsin--find out about them at MSW's website.


Where do you begin when you want to start saving money? Brian J. O'Connor has an idea. In The $1000 Challenge O'Connor, a personal finance writer for the Detroit News, came up with an audacious plan to save $1000 a month for himself and his family. Tightening the belt has never been this much fun!


Steven D. Lockshin, Get Wise to Your Advisor

Thinking of hiring a financial advisor? Before you do, let Steven Lockshin show you ways to save, pay off debt and invest using the tools available to tech-savvy consumers. Save the money you'd have spent on an advisor just by reading this book!


Beverly Harzog, Confessions of a Credit Junkie

If credit card debt is dragging you down, you need to get with Beverly. She's been there. A CPA who also went through the ringer with credit cards, she knows from experience the smart ways to pay them down and use them to rebuild your credit standing. Beverly learned her lessons the hard way, so you don't have to!


Kate Northrup, Money: A Love Story

So, how's it going between you and Money these days? Is everything going well, or have the two of you hit a rough patch in your relationship? If the latter is the case, Kate can help. Changing how you and Money get along will go a long way towards helping you meet your short- and long-term goals in life.

Brett @ Central

What would you do if you lost your past?


In 1988 Su Meck was twenty-two and married with two children when a ceiling fan in her kitchen fell and struck her on the head, leaving her with no memory of who she is or anything that has ever happened to her. Not only are her husband and children strangers to her, but she must relearn simple life skills, including how to read and write. Although her body healed rapidly, her memories never returned. Yet after just three weeks in the hospital, Su was released and once again charged with the care of two toddlers and a busy household. I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia is an extraordinary first person account of a woman's journey to quite literally find herself.

Mary @ Forest Home

The Hardcore Truth by Bob 'Hardcore' Holly

hardcoretruth.jpegI've read (and reviewed) more than a few pro wrestler autobiographies, so I usually know what to expect from them. Yet when I sat down to read The Hardcore Truth by Bob 'Hardcore' Holly, I wasn't entirely certain what I was in for. Bob was never 'the guy', in the World Wrestling Federation or even when it became World Wrestling Entertainment. Yet he was with the biggest American pro-wrestling company for fifteen years, which isn't a minor achievement given how fast talent can get chewed up and spit out by that industry. What I knew of the man was mainly his on-screen persona, a tough-as-nails, you-better-respect-me badass from Alabama. He'd also grabbed attention on MTV's reality show Tough Enough, when he clobbered a would-be wrestler during a practice match hard enough to leave his opponent with a black eye and busted lip.

When I started reading The Hardcore Truth, it became quickly obvious that Bob wasn't holding back. A lot of wrestler biographies are published while they're still with the WWE, going through an editing process that's designed to protect the image of the company. Here, Bob lays out exactly what he thinks of everyone, from the Stone Cold Steve Austins to the Paul Londons of the wrestling world. Whether or not you agree (and you'll probably be doing some of both), you know what you're getting is his honest view on things. That's what makes Bob's book so refreshing, really. It's not super flashy and a little unrefined, but it's also honest and to the point just like the man himself.

While much of the book is spent talking about his wrestling career, you get some interludes where Bob gets to talk about his two other main loves: racecars and dirt bikes. These passages help paint a better picture of the man as more than just his wrestling persona, and give you interesting insight to a man who lasted so long in a dog-eat-dog industry. Each time he touches on one of the many tragic wrestling deaths that affected him in his career (Owen Hart, Mike 'Crash Holly' Lockwood, Eddie Guerrero) it hits hard, especially when you read about his own coping methods.

The music that would play whenever Bob Holly came to the wrestling ring always started with a sound clip of him saying 'How do like me now?' After having read his book, I took away a new found respect for the man, and felt enriched for the experience. So to answer that previously posed question, it seems that I like Bob Holly quite much indeed.

Tim @ Central


Albrect Durer (1471-1528) was a master German painter and printmaker of the Renaissance period. In 1494 Durer went to Italy where he was introduced to the works of some of Italy's greatest Italian Renaissance painters - Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Antonio Pollaiuolo, and Lorenzo di Credi. Durer ceaselessly studied, sketched and experimented with different methods of printmaking. He became a prolific printmaker almost singlehandedly launching prints from inconsequential mass produced pictures to works of fine art desired by the greatest patrons of the arts.


Dürer's Drawings in Colour, Line & Wash: A Selection of 56 Facsimiles of the Originals Preserved in the Albertina Collection at Vienna was edited with an introduction and descriptive text by Campell Dodgson and was printed in 1928.

Dürer's Drawings in Colour, Line & Wash is available as a reference item, so while you can't check it out and take it home, you are most welcome to enjoy this beautiful book at the Central Library in the Art, Music and Recreation department.

Valerie @ Central




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