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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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Posted June 11, 2014in Book Review


Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Jim Norman Simon and Schuster June 3, 2014 $26.99 384 pages I confess that I love thrillers, but usually avoid short stories and anthologies. I prefer to have plots and characters fully developed over 300-400 pages. I also enjoy becoming familiar with characters and

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Posted June 04, 2014in Book Review

‘The Conditions of Love’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Shirley Shiffler Grand Central Publishing Pub. Date 5/6/14 $14 384 pp In her debut novel, “The Conditions of Love,” Midwest author Dale M. Kushner examines the changing role of love in the life of a young teen. As the story opens, we meet Eunice

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Posted May 28, 2014in Book Review

Latest Grisham novel has movie potential

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books “Sycamore Row” By John Grisham Doubleday Books Pub. Date: Oct. 22, 2013 Hardcover $28.95 447 pp. In his most recent book, John Grisham returns to the type of legal novel that made his name as an author. “Sycamore Row” features the lawyer who posed such an

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Posted May 21, 2014in Book Review

‘Wish You Happy Forever’ is a global gem

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books “Wish You Happy Forever” By Jenny Bowen Harper One March 11, 2014 $25.99 320 pp. Hollywood screenwriter, Jenny Bowen, read a 1996 newspaper article about orphaned girls in China. She and her husband immediately began adoption proceedings to save at least one of these neglected baby

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Posted May 14, 2014in Book Review

‘Paper Lantern’ tells tales of love

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books “Paper Lantern Love Stories” By Stuart Dybek Farrar, Straus and Giroux June 3, 2014 $24 224 pp. Reading like the lyrics from a sad love song with a surreal twist, Stuart Dybek has built an exquisite set of short stories for anyone with a lovelorn heart.

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Posted May 07, 2014in Book Review

‘From the Top’ is from the heart

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Wisconsin Historical Society Press 11/25/13 $ 15.95 160 pp. The Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, starting its 29th season, brings live performances — singing, dancing and storytelling — under a tent theater at the base of Mount Ashwabay Ski Area in northern

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Posted April 30, 2014in Book Review

‘The Power of Habit’ is a good start

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom Random House Jan. 7, 2014 $16 383 pp. In “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg takes an intriguing look at how habits are made and broken

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Posted April 23, 2014in Book Review

Stop and smell the roses with Violet

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books “Vintage” by Susan Gloss William Morrow & Company $25.99 320 pp Violet is a young woman who owns Hourglass Vintage, a boutique in Madison, Wis. Early in the story, a customer comes in and disdainfully asks if all of the clothing is used. Violet replies by

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Posted April 16, 2014in Book Review

Paretsky’s latest, ‘Critical Mass,’ complements mystery series

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books “Critical Mass” By Sara Paretsky Putnam Adult  Oct. 22, 2013 Hardcover $26.95 465 pp. “Critical Mass” spans several generations, starting in the years leading up to World War II and ending with the current generation in Chicago. V.I. “Vic” Warshawski, a  private investigator, has been Sara

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