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After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A friend recommended the author Taylor Jenkins Reid to me. In 7 days, I had made my way through all 3 standalone books Taylor Jenkins Reid has written. I am buying my time until summer 2016 when her 4th book is supposed to comes out. I listened to the audio book, After I Do through [...]

The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

I still fondly remember a violent western I read years ago called A Congregation of Jackals by S. Craig Zahler.  Although I have read lots of books I have loved since then (especially mysteries), I’ve never found anything similar.  Well, I’ve just finished The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman and although it’s not a western, [...]

Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

Dorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 [...]

The Passage by Justin Cronin and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I just finished two great horror novels and thought why not write a recommendation for both?  Justin Cronin’s The Passage came out several years ago and got stellar reviews-I just now got around to reading it and it was wonderful!  And a recent release that has gotten lots of rave reviews is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 [...]

Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg

I am usually very cautious about reading a story where an animal plays a large part.  I took a chance on Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg.  It seemed, according to reviews, to treat the relationship between the cats and their people as real and meaningful, on the same level and with nuances as with [...]

Mental Floss magazine

My new favorite magazine is Mental Floss, whose tag line is “Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix”. This is a fun read filled with all kinds of random facts. The magazine covers topics about everything from Einstein to Coffee. If you like quirky information then you’ll appreciate this magazine. If you love learning interesting things [...]

David Nash by David Nash

I came upon the work of British Sculptor, David Nash, in a circuitous way.  I subscribe to an email art alert service called ArtFinder which brings much of British modernism my way.  I use it as a way to learn about artists.  Interestingly enough, the artists’ work that attracts me the most is quite often [...]

420 Characters by Lou Beach

420 Characters by Lou Beach is a book of very short, short stories that began as a series of Facebook status updates. All are limited to 420 characters but feel surprisingly complete. Let me give you an example: THERE WAS A MOUSE that lived behind the big metal trash can in the kitchen. Mother weighed [...]

Kirby’s Way by Angie Klink

You can be right smack up against history every day without knowing it.  Especially the history of your own community.   Kirby’s Way by author Angie Klink tells the personal, social, and business history of Kirby and Caroline Risk and the company they built in Lafayette Indiana, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply.   From a larger perspective, it’s [...]

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail by Ramsingh Urveti

Do you remember the poem “I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail”?  It’s a 17th century English poem included in classic anthologies of children’s poetry especially because it is a ‘trick verse’. Graphic designer, Jonathan Yamakami and illustrator Ramsingh Urveti have teamed up in I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail to unlock [...]

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