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Thursday, August 28,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

New York, New York (and elsewhere)

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, AUG. 28 — I received an array of questions from one of this newsletter's readers last week about the book review process itself - how I got started, what the process is, how much and when I read, etc. Answering them was a good reminder for me how much I enjoy this, both the writing about what I've read and the responses from you I'm privileged to read every week. I've said it before, but thank you again for staying in touch and letting me know what you think. I'm truly grateful, and this would be a lot less fun without you. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, August 21,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Was It Funny for You, Too?

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, AUG. 21 — An eclectic trio this week, a reminder that the world of literature is able to cover more of the vast array of human interests and concerns that any other artform. If it interests you, worries you, or entertains you, there's undoubtedly a book on the subject. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, August 7,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Ronald Reagan and Quentin Coldwater

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, AUG. 7 — It's a good week for books. One of my most-anticipated titles of the year arrived and was more than worth the wait. A new American history book is making media waves, for the wrong reasons. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 31,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 24,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Vampires & Whales

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 10 — I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend as much as I did. A quick road trip to Ann Arbor, barbecue and other fun with the kids; exactly what a summer holiday is made for. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - NONFICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 3 — One more week of looking back at the first half of the year. This week it's my favorite nonfiction books so far - next week, back to new books. Enjoy the holiday weekend, and remember to pack a good book (or two) if you're traveling. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - FICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 26 — I know, it hardly seems possible, right? Half of 2014 gone already. I'm going to take a quick look back and recap the best fiction I've read so far. The publishers' output has already been top quality, and there are a lot more great titles coming in the second half. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Summer Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 19 — Another trip through the used book stacks, thinking about what might be fun for the upcoming summer months. This list comes from the Grand Rapids store, so folks in Lansing will need to check on the availability of these. And they're first come, first served, so if you see something you have to have, give us a call and we'll set it aside for you. Here's what we're reading:
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