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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Read April 2017 Recommended for Americans ★    ★    ★   ★    ★   It is no surprise that “Evicted” was the University Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and … Continue reading

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, read by Bryan Cranston

Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of war stories ★    ★    ★   1/2 This is quite the book, and Cranston is quite the reader. Well suited with gravely voice, solemn tones, perfect diction and flow that draws me in. I’m … Continue reading

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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz

Read October 2016 to February 2017 Recommended for dog lovers and scent enthusiasts  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Me, non-fiction and the Kindle–we’re a match made in heaven. For naps. So the fact that it took me so long to … Continue reading

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. Or, Mostly Conceivable.

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Princess Bride  ★     ★     ★    Three stars? Inconceivable! –I do not think that word means what you think it means– It’s true; it is barely conceivable that one could not adore “As You … Continue reading

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The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

Read October 2016 Recommended for people who want to learn more about the tarot  ★     ★    ★     1/2 The tarot is a fascinating way to develop insight and introspection. Jessa Crispin takes an interesting approach by using the tarot to … Continue reading

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Or The Rage Confounder.

Read July  2016 Recommended for people who dislike language, writing and communication  ★    We all have one, that person we’d prefer to get along with, but every time they open their mouth, so much stupid erupts that low-level irritation … Continue reading

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Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

Read June  2016 Recommended for people who want to think  ★     ★     ★     ★    ★ “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” I had written to these friends. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. … Continue reading

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Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple. Maybe a drop or two.

Read March 2016 Recommended for autobiographies, NYC art scene  ★     ★     ★     I never know how to rate autobiographies because I feel as if I’m passing judgement on the person. Is that why people read them? … Continue reading

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American Pain by John Temple. Painful.

Read March 2016 Recommended for fans of 60 Minutes  ★   ★    Americans have a pain problem. As does healthcare. We might be at an impasse: patients and federal dollars both demand pain control, and yet narcotic deaths continue to … Continue reading

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Florida Keys by Moon Handbooks

Read July 2015 Recommended for eco-tourists  ★    ★    ★    ★ The library had the nerve to ask for this back, just because it takes me two months to plan a trip. And by “plan,” I actually mean “extensively … Continue reading

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