Thursday, October 8, 2015

Posted July 29, 2015in Book Review

‘The Cherry Harvest’

Featured as one of this month’s Midwest Connections picks, “The Cherry Harvest” is a coming-of-age novel and love story set in Door County, Wisconsin, during World War II, around the time of the cherry harvest. With food rationed and money scarce, Charlotte barters what she can to keep food on

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Posted July 22, 2015in Book Review

‘The Seven Good Years’

Internationally known Israeli writer Keret, an award-winning author of short stories, graphic novels and screen plays, offers his first book of non-fiction, “The Seven Good Years.” His touching, insightful memoir is told in small, interlinked stories, short, yet powerful observations that reveal Keret’s intelligent, compassionate views. The slim pieces cover

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Posted July 15, 2015in Book Review

‘How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking’

Would anyone other than a mathematician pick up a book about math to read for pleasure? Perhaps not, but even those not mathematically inclined will find plenty to enjoy in “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.” Author Jordan Ellenberg grabs the reader in the early pages

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Posted July 08, 2015in Book Review

‘The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey’

When Rinker Buck was a young boy in the 1950s, his father took him on a covered wagon trip “to see America slowly.” That trip was the seed that led to his book “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.” Buck and his brother, Nick, an experienced team driver, go

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Posted July 01, 2015in Book Review

‘The Perfection of the Paper Clip’

Stationery and history — this is sure to be a big hit for stationery aficionados. Those various items you find on your desk every day, how did they come to be? And why did they come to be? Although the book starts out as advertised — the history of the

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Posted June 24, 2015in Book Review

‘East of West Volume 4: Who Wants War?’

Comic books have been a lot more than cavorting caped crusaders and kitschy kids for decades now, yet serious artists and writers who go beyond superheroes and cartoons don’t always get the notoriety and readership they deserve. There are incredible indie comics, covering every genre imaginable, waiting to be discovered

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Posted June 17, 2015in Book Review

‘At the Water’s Edge’

Fantastical monsters, the Scottish Highlands, a complicated romance, and the events of World War II are all included in this coming-of-age story and period novel, “At the Water’s Edge,” written by “Water for Elephants” author Sara Gruen. The story begins New Year’s Eve of 1944 at a Philadelphia high society

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Posted June 10, 2015in Book Review

‘Jesus Cow’

Michael Perry’s first adult novel takes place in the small rural town of Swivel, Wisconsin. Forty-something Harley is a bachelor living alone on the remaining 15 acres of his parents’ farm; the rest having been lost mostly to development. He works at a factory, keeps a few beefers, volunteers at

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Posted June 03, 2015in Book Review

‘Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality’

In April 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court stunned the nation when it issued its decision legalizing same-sex marriage. At the time, marriage equality was the law in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but those were liberal, urban, coastal states. Iowa was viewed as conservative and rural and was in the dead center

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Posted May 27, 2015in Book Review

‘The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley’

“If there was a running motif throughout my brief life, it would be the close and present nature of death. I’d known it intimately from the start.” So begins the last day in the life of funeral home employee Paddy Buckley. His mother died when he was 4, his father

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