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  • Books | December 02, 2012

    A competitive building plan digs up plenty of dirt

    The marseille.phatch

    The word “caper” has airy overtones. A caper carries plenty of adventure but precludes truly dreadful things like serial killers or natural catastrophes. So it is with “The Marseille Caper,” the most recent novel of the south of France by Peter Mayle, a Francophile of

  • Books | December 02, 2012

    Holidays bring many snuggle stories for children


    Hanukkah is just around the corner and several new books will be fun to share with little ones. Jane Yolen’s popular dinosaur series has a double entry for the season this year. “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry

  • Books | December 02, 2012

    How America compares with other nations


    America is, and has always been, exceptional in so many ways. It is, and always has been, superior to all other nations. Or so we have been led to believe. Howard Steven Friedman says in “The Measure of a Nation” that this strongly held belief

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Character struggles to deal with reality in ‘Arcadia’


    In a world full of inescapable responsibility, Lauren Groff’s novel “Arcadia” asks us to consider a search for simplicity. Like Groff’s short story collection, “Delicate Edible Birds,” “Arcadia” invokes the magic inherent in fairy tales. Combine these fantastic elements with the reality of

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Love challenges immortal teens’ obligation to science


    “Origin” is a wonderful science fiction story that’s geared for young adults but also will appeal to an adult audience. It features Pia, a genetically engineered teen-age girl who is being hidden away in a fenced and guarded compound in the Amazon rainforest. She

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Native American History Month gives readers many options


    During the last census, over 5.2 million Americans identified themselves as American Indian in combination with one or more races. 2.9 million Americans identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native alone. Contrast these numbers to the estimated 18 million indigenous people living in North America at the

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Names have changed but the stores stay the same

    Drug stores aggieville.phatch

    Quick quiz: How many drug stores are there in Aggieville? Dan Walter in his “The Drug Stores of Aggieville…and a few other tangents along the way” answers that question. He also tells us of the comings and goings of drug stores in the Manhattan

  • Books | November 25, 2012

    Rocker Rod Stewart shares his life’s joys, struggles in new autobiography

    Rod the autobiography.phatch

    Candy canes might be sweet. The scent of winter snow mixed with smoke rising from the chimney can be inspiring. Carolers always seem to sing in perfect harmony. Fragile porcelain dolls look too beautiful to hold. For me, just having Rod Stewart in my home

  • Books | November 18, 2012

    The story of 5 families through a dark period in the 20th century

    “Winter of the World” opens in Germany in the early 1930s and takes the reader on a journey through some of the most pivotal years of the 20th century, ending in 1949. The novel glides almost effortlessly through the lives of members of five families — American,

  • Books | November 18, 2012

    Mormons battle to become independent, free

    Bigler and Bagby tell us in their introduction to “The Mormon Rebellion” that the Mormon migration to Utah, the establishment of the independent State of Deseret under Brigham Young, and President James Buchanan’s insisting that Utah was actually a part of the U.S.,

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