Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted December 17, 2014in Book Review

‘Terrapin And Other Poems’

Wendell Berry, who turned 80 this year, has written more than 50 books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Berry is an award-winning author, the recipient of numerous esteemed prizes from a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1962 to the recently-earned National Humanities Medal. His writing has had great influence on contemporary poetry

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Posted December 10, 2014in Book Review


Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom Farrar Strauss Giroux Oct. 7, 2014 $26 261 Pages University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop professor Marilynne Robinson returns to the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, in her beautifully written new novel “Lila.” The town and most of its characters were introduced in

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Posted December 03, 2014in Book Review

“The Accidental Highwayman”

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch  Tor Books Oct. 14, 2014 Hardcover $17 304 pages Sometimes a book just grabs me because of its title. There was no way I could resist “The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and

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Posted November 26, 2014in Book Review

‘Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Ballentine Books Oct. 7, 2014 Hardcover $25 209 Pages Jon Katz, author of “The Dogs of Bedlam Farm,” also an autobiographical book, has extended his writings on animals in our lives by writing of his recent experience with Simon, an abused and

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Posted November 19, 2014in Book Review

‘The Slow Regard of Silent Things’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Julie Goodrich $18.95 Oct. 28, 2014 Daw Books 159 pp When talking about beautiful languages, it is common to think of French, Spanish or Italian. English rarely makes the list. Yet, in the right hands, my native tongue can be fantastically lyrical, surprising and

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Posted November 12, 2014in Book Review

‘The Scavengers’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Fay Jones Harper Collins 09/02/14 $16.99 336 pp Fans of Michael Perry’s earlier essays will recognize familiar elements from those works, and readers of “The Scavengers” will find it easy to also love his new, engaging adventure story. Perry gives us a smart, strong

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Posted November 05, 2014in Book Review

‘Being Mortal’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Sally Wisdom Metropolitan Books Oct. 7, 2014 $26 282 Pages Are doctors and families too afraid to discuss death to ask the right questions of end-of-life patients? Cancer surgeon and Harvard professor Atul Gawande thinks so and examines the issue in his book, “Being

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Posted October 29, 2014in Book Review

‘A Deadly Wandering’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Shirley Shiffler William Morrow & Company Sept. 23, 2014 $28.99 416 Pages In “A Deadly Wandering,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel has written a gripping account of the tragic consequences of our modern use of technology. Early in the morning of Sept. 22, 2006,

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Posted October 22, 2014in Book Review

‘Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General‘

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Sept. 23, 2014 Hardcover $30 352 Pages In a straightforward presentation of the wartime experiences of General George S. Patton, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard develop a good picture of the character of General Patton. Less time is spent on his personal

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Posted October 15, 2014in Book Review

‘Broken Monsters’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Julie Goodrich Mulholland Books 9-16-14 448pp $26.00 I like my horror subtle and my thrillers, well, thrilling. A bit of magical realism is the frosting to my cupcake. In other words, Lauren Beukes newest masterpiece, “Broken Monsters,” was basically written for me. The balance and

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