Friday, Sep 28, 2018

Groundhouse Coffee Shop in Gardner Kansas is hushed but lively on a Monday night. The air is rich with the smell of fresh ground coffee. The rolling murmur of voices from the various tables is punctuated by the occasional hiss from the machine behind the coffee bar. At the very back table, by the fireplace, we sit together silently reading, all seven of us. We are each reading our own book, wrapped in the splendor of our own private world, but we are together. As 7:30 rolls nearer, we stretch and put our bookmarks in our books. I ask one of the participants about the

Book Cover of Virgin by Analicia Sotelo is hot pink, with a woman with her back turned,


Analicia Sotelo
Rated by
Emma F.
Sunday, Jul 15, 2018

"We're all performing our bruises"

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

Did you like Ico? How about Journey? Robot Dreams? Do you like wordless stories that pack an emotional punch? How about creative use of game controls?

Have I got a game for you.

The Hunt

Vinterberg, Thomas
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Megan C.
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

What are the limits of friendship? The Hunt explores this question when a misinterpretation of facts unleashes a chain of consequences in a small town in Denmark. Lucas, a newly divorced father and kindergarten teacher, is tested to the limits of his emotional endurance as he slowly becomes an object of suspicion and mistrust among his coworkers, the townspeople, and even his closest friends.


Mikal Cronin
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Bryan V.
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

I don’t know much about Mikal Cronin. He has two albums out under his name, MCII and a self-titled debut that only hinted at the accomplishments found on here. He is obviously an acolyte of the kind of very melodic power pop music that doesn’t get a lot of attention. Does he reveal too much about himself in his music? Is it that he’d rather let his songs speak for themselves than have to provide a press-ready narrative? Who knows?

Persona 4: Arena

Rated by
Rachel C.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

If you loved Persona 4 for its characters, then you might want to give this a try.

If you loved it for its gameplay, then don't bother.

If you have no clue what the Persona games are but you're a fan of fighting games, this might be okay if you don't mind not understanding what's happening.

If you loved Persona 3 and just want to see Mitsuru in leather and Akihiko shirtless, then by all means play this game. (Or look up the artwork online.)

A black and orange photograph featuring images of the band member's faces superimposed on a curtain hung behind various jazz instruments

Every Day

Cinematic Orchestra
Rated by
Scott S.
Friday, Jan 17, 2014

One part jazz, one part hip-hop, one part space jam, one part funk of the earth, Cinematic Orchestra’s Every Day is (at the very serious and dangerous risk of hyperbole and cliché) truly an album that defies convention and classification. For musicians, there are moments sublime and surreal harkening back to the funk/jazz cocktails of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter featuring the superb vocals of Fontella Bass (particularly on the opening track, “All That You Give”).

Monday, Apr 8, 2013

A modern-day fairy tale with some teen drama and angst thrown in! A 15-year-old girl brings a storybook character to life as she struggles with her own real-life issues. My 12-year-old daughter and I both really enjoyed this book! It would make a great mother/daughter read.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Rated by
Bethany T.
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012

Set in a world resembling medieval Russia, Plain Kate starts with small and ugly Kate Carver, who must watch her beloved father die. He has witch’s fever, and soon, an anti-magic hysteria grips the land. The gypsy-like Roamers are persecuted, people are burned. And even Kate herself may be in danger.

Queen & Country by Greg Rucka

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Research Tester
Monday, Feb 20, 2012