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Posted August 20, 2014in Book Review

‘The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Houghton Mifflin August 5, 2014 $24 304 Pages It took a while, but eventually this book started to fascinate me. At first it seemed as though the main character, Evie, acquired an understanding of the dogs far too quickly. Also, she seemed

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Posted August 13, 2014in Book Review

‘Empty Mansions’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom Ballantine Books April 22, 2014 $17 470 Pages When Bill Dedman was house-hunting in Connecticut in 2009, he stumbled on a 22-room mansion that a New York woman, Huguette Clark, had owned for more than a half-century but never occupied. Intrigued, the

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Posted August 06, 2014in Book Review

California

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Little, Brown and Company 7/8/14 $26 393 pages When the world as they know it starts to crumble, Frida and Cal begin their own transformative journey for both survival and security, but above all, toward hope. Abandoning L.A. for the wilds of

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Posted July 30, 2014in Book Review

Em and the Big Hoom

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Penguin Books 06/24/14 $16 224 pp In a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Bombay, India, a family does its best to coexist and contend with madness. Pinto’s elegant debut novel features Imelda (“Em”), a mother with manic depression, her husband Augustine (“the Big

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Posted July 23, 2014in Book Review

‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry‘

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Shirley Shiffler Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill April 1, 2014 $ 24.95 260 Pages The very charming “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” is a delightful story of a bitter, crabby, middle-aged man who welcomes loneliness and isolation but, in spite of himself, is

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Posted July 16, 2014in Book Review

‘Extreme Medicine’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Penguin Press Feb. 6, 2014 Hardcover $27.95 294 Pages The book opens with the death of Robert Scott on his expedition to the South Pole. The cause of his death was hypothermia. The body’s physiologic changes during hypothermia were better understood by

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Posted July 09, 2014in Book Review

‘Rogues’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Julie Goodrich Bantam June 17, 2014 832 pp $30.00 Everyone loves a hero, the good guy battling evil for no reason other than he’s just good, noble and kind. However, here in the real world more often we find do-gooders of the unexpected variety.

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Posted July 02, 2014in Book Review

‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom Grand Central Publishing June 3, 2014 $17 320 Pages In 1959, when the names of the Mercury Seven astronauts were announced, their wives were skyrocketed from typical military wives — prepared to pick up and move their families at a moment’s notice

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Posted June 25, 2014in Book Review

‘The Wax Bullet War’By Sean Davis

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Ooligan Press 04/01/14 $16.95 288 pp With his worthwhile new memoir, Sean Davis gives an honest portrayal of his life before, during, and after time spent in combat in Iraq. On Sept. 12, 2001, Davis joined the Oregon National Guard, reenlisting in

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Posted June 18, 2014in Book Review

‘Think Like a Freak’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom William Morrow and Company May 12, 2014 $28.99 288 pages Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner say they were as surprised as anyone by the runaway success of their 2005 collaboration, “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of

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