The Goodbye Year

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“The Goodbye Year” by Toni Piccinini c.2013, Seal Press $16.00 / $18.95 Canada 251 pages You’ve been thinking about what you’ll do with the room. You’ll probably leave it as a bedroom, just in case. You might put a desk in there, maybe a … [Read more...]

Best Books of 2013: Bookworm Sez

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Reading. Pfft. Who has time?  Who can take hours and hours to actually read a book, especially if it’s not all that good?  Why waste that kind of time? You wonder that often, which is where I come in. It’s my job to find the good stuff for you … [Read more...]

Badluck Way : A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West

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“Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West” by Bryce Andrews c.2014, Atria Books $25.00 / $28.99 Canada 256 pages   A place for everything, and everything in its place. You’ve always believed that keeping your possessions … [Read more...]

The Thicket

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“The Thicket” by Joe R. Lansdale c.2013, Mulholland Books $26.00 / $29.00 Canada 352 pages You know who your friends are. They’re the ones who keep your secrets, or your car keys when you need them to. They’ll loan you five minutes or five … [Read more...]

A Reader’s Book of Days

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“A Reader’s Book of Days” by Tom Nissley c.2013, W.W. Norton $24.95 / $26.50 Canada 448 pages Today is a good day to curl up with a book. And that may be all you’ll do on this day, or today may be monumental in ways you’ll never forget. The … [Read more...]

American Adventures: Westward Journeys

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“American Adventures: Westward Journeys” by Judy Young and Devin Scillian, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Chris Ellison, and Doris Ettlinger c.2013, Sleeping Bear Press $6.99 / $9.99 Canada 96 pages   The last time your family moved, … [Read more...]

Looking for one more gift idea? Don’t turn the page on a book

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Check, check and check. That sums up pretty much what you’ve been doing for the past few weeks: writing out checks, checking your plastic balance and checking your list – twice. But, inevitably, there’s someone on there to whom you just don’t know … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Book list Christmas 2013

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Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year? One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear.  A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as … [Read more...]

The Dogs of Christmas

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“The Dogs of Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron c.2013, Forge $15.99 / $18.50 Canada 238 pages   This Christmas, you’re giving up a lot. You’re giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You’re giving up money to make sure the … [Read more...]

Princesses Behaving Badly

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“Princesses Behaving Badly” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie c.2013, Quirk Books $19.95 U.S. and Canada 288 pages There are no ugly princes in fairy tales. The princesses are all very beautiful, too. Nobody has bad skin or bad breath, everybody … [Read more...]