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Thursday, March 26,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Food and Fun

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 — There's a Scottish theme to this week's newsletter. Purely by coincidence, two of the authors are from the north end of the UK. The third book? I'll let you decide what group it might belong to. Here's what we're reading:
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Monday, March 16,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Science and Nature

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, MARCH 16 — March is treating us well this year - far more lamb than lion, at least so far. I have friends whose tulips and crocuses (croci?) are already showing their first signs of life. Can leaves be far behind? Here's what we're reading:
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Monday, February 23,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three From the Vortex

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, FEB. 23 — How come nobody's using the phrase "polar vortex" to describe these recent days of record-setting cold weather? I kinda miss it. Hard to believe I'm feeling nostalgic for last winter. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, January 29,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Mid-Winter's Tales

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — So far this winter hasn't been the kind of snow and cold onslaught that had us hunkering down inside to read last year, but those of us looking for any excuse can point to occasional days of flurries and do it anyway . Here's what we're reading:
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Friday, January 16,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Paperback Writers

by Neil Rajala
FRIDAY, JAN. 16 — Time to get caught up on titles I've raved about in hardcover (some more than once) that have had their paperback release since. Reading groups, start your engines! Here's what we're reading:
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Friday, January 9,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala
FRIDAY, JAN. 9 — Spending the last few weeks of the year recapping things I've already written about, while great fun, does cause me to miss a book or two that came out near the end of the year that truly deserve to be mentioned. Here are two significant titles that fit that description and will amply reward the time you spend with them. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, December 18,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

In the (Saint) Nick of Time, Pt. 2

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Dec. 18 — As promised, the final three genres, with my favorite three titles in each. A friend wrote after last week that my list didn't match hers because we didn't read many of the same books. To which I say "perfect!" Let's help each other discover great things to read. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, December 11,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

In the (Saint) Nick of Time, Pt. 1

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Dec. 11 — Happy Holidays, fellow readers! You know the end of the year is nearly upon us when I start in on my favorite reads roundup. I'm taking a slightly different approach this time, I've come up with seven categories of books I read the most, and picked my favorite three titles of 2014 in each. Not "the best" titles - that's way too subjective. Just the three in each genre that gave me the greatest pleasure to read and stayed with me the longest after I finished. Starting with four categories this week, I'll finish with three more next week. And as always, I cheated a bit by throwing in some deserving Honorable Mentions. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, October 30,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Holocaust, Hauntings and the Hall

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading:
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Monday, October 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Journalists, and Other Thugs

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading:
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