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Dad Is Fat by Jim Gannigan

I read Dad is Fat for my book club and, as a group, we reached several conclusions. – If you have children, Gaffigan is really funny. – If you don’t have children, he’s just “meh.” – While reading the book … 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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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

“Nobody wants to visit a nursing home, let alone the dying. It’s like running into a burning building; the impulse is to run the other way. But Oscar, well, he was different. He didn’t shy away. Actually, he seemed to … Continue reading

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The Loved Dog: the Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller

While I love the principles Geller teaches in The Loved Dog, the lack of an index is inexcusable. I listened to the book and wanted to go back and review certain sections before trying them at home. Without an index, … Continue reading

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Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant and Walker Evans

Walker Evans and Cynthia Rylant form a simply magical rapport in Something Permanent.  Cynthia Rylant’s connection to the photographs is quite eerie given that the book came to fruition after the passing of Walker Evans.  It’s as if she has … Continue reading

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The Language of Fiction: a writer’s stylebook by Brian Shawver

I confess a bias. Brian, the author, is my nephew. This is his third publication following two novels, a baseball story entitled The Cuban Prospect and the introspective Aftermath. This latest offering is a book about grammar, but it doesn’t read … Continue reading

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The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

Don’t be scared away by the title!  The Case for God is not facile defense of religion with an overt agenda, like other books with similar titles.  Instead, historian of religion (and former nun) Karen Armstrong tackles humanity’s search for … Continue reading

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Culturematic by Grant McCracken

A must read for business people who want to spark innovation in their companies. Have you wondered why something as awful as the Jersey Shore became so popular? What was behind Starbuck’s success with becoming our “third place?” It is … Continue reading

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Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright

I didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, by Anne Enright.  The silly, cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public.  And the first essay … Continue reading

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Outside the sparkling new Mumbai International Airport and its cluster of luxury hotels, a slum called Annawadi crams over 3,000 residents into shacks on a tiny patch of marshy land. Journalist Katherine Boo spent more than three years observing, interviewing, … Continue reading

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