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Posted April 04, 2018in Book Review

Book Reviews

‘Waiting for Tomorrow’ Nathacha Appanah’s “Waiting for Tomorrow” is a slim novel that packs a powerful punch. It tells the story of Anita and Adam. They met at school in Paris where they both felt like outsiders. Anita is from the island of Mauritius, and Adam is from the French

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Posted February 28, 2018in Book Review

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‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ In a wonderfully wrought volume, Walter Isaacson describes the life of Leonardo Da Vinci in engaging prose accompanied by many examples of his art, drawings and notes. The book is heavy due to the fine paper used throughout, which is necessary to bring his art to the reader. It is a must

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Posted January 31, 2018in Book Review

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‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning Irish writer and film director, and his beautiful memoir — a No. 1 bestseller when it was published in Ireland — is his courageous story of being afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). A month after he receives a call from

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Posted January 03, 2018in Book Review

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‘Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood’ In the early 1980s, after being abandoned by her alcoholic husband, 5-year-old Claire Hoffman’s mother, a devoted practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, abruptly moved Claire and her brother from New York to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa. “Greetings from Utopia Park” is

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Posted December 06, 2017in Book Review

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‘Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road’ Finn Murphy’s memoir is one of (most of) a life driving a truck, moving customers long distance. Called a “bedbugger,” he carefully packs belongings and loads them into his trailer, preparing them to safely reach their destination. Having dropped out

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Posted November 01, 2017in Book Review

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‘The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit’ In 1986, 26-year-old Christopher Knight walked away from his job, his car, his family and his life and set up a camp in the Maine woods where, other than two very brief accidental run-ins with hikers, he spoke to no one until

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Posted October 04, 2017in Book Review

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‘It Devours!’ Night Vale is a weird little town with a lot of heart. It was first made popular in podcast form and then in its first brilliant novel and now selling out live shows all over the world. It seems there’s nothing the strange little town in the desert

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Posted September 06, 2017in Book Review

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‘Home Grown Pantry’ Barbara Pleasant has written several bestselling books on organic gardening and self-sufficient living, along with regular articles for Mother Earth News and Mother Earth Living. Her new book is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated and well-organized reference for the beginning and more experienced gardener alike. In five chapters,

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Posted August 02, 2017in Book Review

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ In the early part of the 20th century, the Osage nation, given a supposedly worthless reservation, was blessed with the discovery of black gold. They soon became the richest individuals in the world. However, these great riches also attracted the attention of others greatly interested

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Posted July 05, 2017in Book Review

‘Lab Girl’ My definition of good popular science writing is that which even the reader who eschewed high school chemistry and physics can understand. Outstanding popular science writing will captivate the same reader from the first page on. “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren falls into the second category. Growing up

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