Feb. 20 2014
Thursday, Feb. 20 — This has been an outstanding year already for those of us who like a little science with our reading. In addition to some fine non-fiction books, The Martian (last week) and Andrew's...
Feb. 6 2014
Thursday, Feb. 6 — It used to be that paperbacks were a book's second life, so to speak. After the hardcover sales came and went, the publisher released the paperback in order to attract more readers...
Jan. 30 2014
Thursday, Jan. 30 — It only seems fitting to start this week's edition with a book about pro football. I probably should have included a cookbook featuring cheese-filled bacon snacks, too, for the...
Jan. 23 2014
Thursday, Jan. 23 — Every week, Neil Rajala, Director of Community & Business Services for Schuler Books, rounds up a selection of exciting new releases and old favorites to round out your...
Jan. 16 2014
Thursday, Jan. 16 — One thing you won't see in this newsletter are reviews of the various self-improvement books that pop up like mushrooms this time of year - you know, the ones that make you feel...
Jan. 9 2014
Thursday, Jan. 9 — Sitting at home this past Monday, on one of those ultra-rare occasions when weather closed our stores, I couldn't help thinking about growing up in the Keweenaw Peninsula. We must...
Jan. 2 2014
Thursday, Jan. 2 — If you're a consumer of various types and genres of media like me, we're probably thinking along the same lines - enough with the Best Of 2013 lists already! I've decided to take...
Dec. 27 2013
Friday, Dec. 27 — Sorry folks, I'm a day late this week due to an uninvited Christmas head cold. My halls were decked with antihistamines and cough medicine, but the silver lining was time to catch...
Dec. 19 2013
Thursday, Dec. 19 — Over the last couple of weeks I've (hopefully) tempted you with lists of my favorite books of the past year, both for your own reading pleasure and for the gift-giving season....
Dec. 12 2013
Thursday, Dec. 12 — I certainly don't mind the idea of cold, snowy weather in Michigan in December. It's what's supposed to happen, and I'll always believe that a white Christmas is better than a...
Dec. 5 2013
Wednesday, Dec. 5 — I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are fully ready for the sprint to the end of 2013. Weren't we just toasting to its beginning? Here's what we're reading:BEST OF...
Nov. 21 2013
I'm told that by the time this week's Notes finds your inbox, it'll be snowing here in Grand Rapids. It's late enough in the year now that it makes more sense than last weekend's thunderstorm. A pile of...
Nov. 14 2013
An interesting batch this week - a remarkable biography, an art project gone globally viral and quite a few laughs (notice how I avoided mentioning the first snowfall?). Here's what we're reading: The
Nov. 7 2013
Thank goodness our publishers provide us with advance copies of books. The two novels below were 600 - 800 pages each. Not sure I could have told you about both of them this week without a head start....
Oct. 31 2013
It’s not often I get to write one of these on an actual holiday. I hope you’re enjoying a day of costumes, candlelight and too much sugar. Personally, I have a strict no-costume clause in...
Oct. 24 2013
The season's best new releases are coming out at a fast clip now. I'll be making more time to read and keep you up on what's arriving as best I can. Yes, it's a hardship, but one I'm willing to endure...
Oct. 17 2013
It's the time of year when Autumn has solidified its hold. My fireplace is on more often and the fans have been put away, rather than just moved aside in case I might still need one. Baseball is deep into...
Oct. 10 2013
I hope all of my Grand Rapids readers enjoyed the giant art exhibit / carnival / street party that is ArtPrize again this year. For those of you in Lansing, if you've never been, it's time to add it to...
Oct. 3 2013
October down here below the bridge is nearly always a month of spectacular weather and scenery. It's nice to be able to enjoy it without the Yooper in me looking over my shoulder in case there's a blizzard...
Sept. 26 2013
I've got kind of a grab bag of things this week. I'm even throwing in a non-book item that caught my eye today, just because it brought me back to a earlier and simpler era of books. Here's what we're...

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