A Reader’s Book of Days

“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 t … [Read more...]

American Adventures: Westward Journeys

“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, it … [Read more...]

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

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 w … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Book list Christmas 2013

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 i … [Read more...]

The Dogs of Christmas

“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

“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 we … [Read more...]

The Family Christmas Treasury

“The Family Christmas Treasury” by various authors and illustrators c.2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 / $23.99 Canada 288 pages How many days left? Have you been counting them?  You probably know the exact number already because you’ … [Read more...]

27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse

“27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse” by Howard Sounes c.2013, Da Capo $26.99 / higher in Canada 360 pages You remember the first time you heard … [Read more...]

The First Phone Call from Heaven

“The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom c.2013, Harper $24.99 / $32.99 Canada 272 pages The call almost scared you half to death. First of all, it woke you up and everybody knows that middle-of-the-night phone calls are never good n … [Read more...]

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him

“Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry c.2013, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $25.95 / $32.95 Canada 400 pages Dirty, nasty, filthy. That’s what your mother claimed “those words” were. You sai … [Read more...]