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Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Weekend Reads: Movies (And Other Things)

This is a  great book for the modern era movie buff. Shea Serrano has very eclectic thought patterns, and such an entertaining way of elucidating those thoughts, that you can't help but laugh and get hooked on what he's trying to get across. Here are two chapter titles just to give you a feel; Were the Jurassic Park raptors just misunderstood? Or how about-...



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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: faux real!

I have just returned from a week at market where each season I devote an entire day to weeding through rows and rows of artificial vegetation in search of flowers and foliage that would leave Mother Nature wondering if they are real….or faux. “Artificial flowers” (as they were called when I was a child) have come a long way in 60 years, and believe it or not, the plastic flower concept of...



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The Beltie Mystery Prize Finalist: Craig Russell

Czechoslovakia 1935, a Jack the Ripper copycat, a psychologist disciple of Jung, and a secluded sanatorium for the criminally insane are the main ingredients in this compulsively readable story that ends in a twist that would make Linda Blair (The Exorcist) proud. Pete McIntyre's Books PS - This is finalist 8 of 8 for the...



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Whirlikids Bookfest Featured Picture Book Creators: Beth Ferry and Shana Keller

The second annual Whirlikids book festival is coming on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 10am – 4pm for readers at all levels, but especially for ages 3 and up. Featuring storytime, readings, book signings, panel discussions with authors and illustrators, crafts and more – it’s a day of book fun for all ages! Each week we are featuring a couple of the authors and illustrators that will be...



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Weekend Reads: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Copy

Before the 2020 election (or before tomorrow): READ THIS BOOK! (Or at least the back cover.) Pause, think, be a cat...     Sarah McIntyre's Books



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TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: English Weather

When someone mentions “English weather,” does the paintbrush of your imagination promptly reach for paint pots of gray?  On a day much akin to what we think of as typical English weather, I am sure you are wondering what’s to love about a cold, gray, rainy day. My post today just may change that! Gohar Goddard grew up as one of four daughters of Persian parents living in Lahore,...



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The Beltie Mystery Prize Finalist: S.J. Rozan

An excellent P.I. novel featuring Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith.   Usually this series takes place in NYC’s Chinatown but Lydia’s mother smothers Lydia with a familial guilt trip that takes her and Bill to Mississippi to help a relative in trouble, a relative from a side of the family she never knew...



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soltis and goodale at whirlikids bookfest

Whirlikids Bookfest Featured Picture Book Creators: E.B. Goodale & Sue Soltis

The second annual Whirlikids book festival is coming on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 10am – 4pm for readers at all levels, but especially for ages 3 and up. Featuring storytime, readings, book signings, panel discussions with authors and illustrators, crafts and more – it’s a day of book fun for all ages! Each week we are featuring a couple of the authors and illustrators that will be...



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Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing

Weekend Reads: Say Nothing

Bombings, prison escapes, hunger strikes, murder, politics - this spellbinding history of The Troubles has it all.   This is easily the best one-volume treatment of Northwen Ireland between 1968-1998 that I've ever read.   Keefe is a masterly writer who keeps you turning the pages. A brutal story that makes compulsive...



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The Beltie Mystery Prize Finalist: Tim Mason

For all you science phobic readers out there, don’t let the title deter you.   This is a Victorian era pot boiler par excellence that you can’t put done. Someone is killing off prominent supporters of Charles Darwin and his new theory of evolution to stop its malignant spread.   It’s up to Charles Field, a Shakespeare spouting police inspector, to...



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