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Harvest by Jim Crace

I confess, I was not immediately entranced by Harvest, and it was not until I started following the popular Downton Abbey television series that I began to appreciate the perspective presented in Jim Crace’s novel. This book offers a glimpse of life on … Continue reading

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Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Kids really do say the darnedest things, but so do parents!  From the eye of the storm, comedian Jim Gaffigan reports on the trials of raising five young children and celebrates the absurdities, embarrassments, and joys.  He begins by reflecting … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Don’t be fooled, you’ll learn nothing about diabetes or owls here, but the random suggestion makes it all the more entertaining.  Shortly before this book was released, I had the privilege of attending “An Evening with David Sedaris” in Kansas … Continue reading

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Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

I’m generally proud of myself when I successfully make it home after a Saturday stop at my local wholesale store, but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the fantastical adventures that ensue during this run to the corner … Continue reading

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Be a Better Runner, by Sally Edwards

Take your running to heart – Heart Zone Training (HZT), that is!  Long-time ultra-marathoner and triathlete Sally Edwards collaborated with Dr. Carl Foster to compile decades of experience and research into Be a Better Runner.  Their resulting HZT program allows each runner … Continue reading

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Marathon: the Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons by Hal Higdon

I’ve been running for a few years and recently began participating in distance races, so Hal Higdon’s Marathon caught my attention.  With decades of experience, Higdon and his training plans are well-respected.  He provides an overview of endurance running and … Continue reading

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Coauthored by John Green and David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows the crossing paths of two high schoolers, who incidentally both happen to be named Will Grayson.  Their connection is sealed when larger-than-life Tiny Cooper, best friend to one, … Continue reading

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Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman (and Chip Kidd, graphic designer)

“And now go, and make interesting amazing glorious fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” How can you not feel a little inspired and empowered after hearing that? These are the … Continue reading

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Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Blood, Bones, and Butter—the title piqued my curiosity.  For the audiobook, Hamilton has a pretty straight tone as a reader, which made me hesitant at first, but it’s true to her personality and works surprisingly well for me as a … Continue reading

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

In Dare Me, Megan Abbot delivers a dark insider’s peek into high school cheerleading. But more than cheers and stunts, the real story is in the relationships developed, manipulated, and reconciled as the characters vie for control. For the most … Continue reading

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