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The House I Loved (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781250012883
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 10/2012

APRIL 2014

Sit outside and dream of Paris while reading DeRosnay's take on the city in the 1860's as dark alley neighborhoods are being renovated to Haussmann's modern city. Rose will NOT leave her family home as she writes in letters to her dead husband. Relish the Paris she paints and the characters she describes with her charming turn of phrase... Enchante!


$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781605291246
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Published: Rodale Books, 10/2010

FEBRUARY 2014

February. Valentine's Day, Comedy Festival, the Vasa, snow...So have fun in between activities with environmentalist author McKibben who gives a new introduction to his book about a year of LIVING STRENUOUSLY (originally published in 2000). Bill's anecdotal stories follow his 37th year as he seeks sweat and finds enlightenment while training like an Olympic cross-country skiier. Endurance and intensity are concepts explored in thoughtfull and often witty prose. An exercise in fine reading. Enjoy!


$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780071810111
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Published: McGraw-Hill, 5/2013

JANUARY 2014

A new year, a new leaf, a new portfolio? From novices to experienced investors, I bet you can find something in here for you. The clear layout makes it easy to learn concepts in sizeable segments, or just dip in and find out something specific. There are detailed "Action Steps" and checklists if you want to be precise & follow the Can Slim program. An e-mail is included for providong feedback or asking further questions. You may recognize author Galgani from his radio show & ties to Investors Business Daily. Books are usually a good investment, those like this one are more so. So invest in your future today!


$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780767919388
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Published: Doubleday, 10/2010

DECEMBER 2013

Want a cool special book for the holidays? What's better than Bryson? Special edition Bryson!! This volume come with loads of pictures to illustrate interesting tidbits the author expounds on as he covers the various rooms of a house. (Bill actually thought he could write a history of the world without leaving home.) From scullery to attic with the garden, the cellar, and the fuse box thrown in for good measure, tour the evolution of private life and the things and spaces we take for granted. What is verdigris ("Wicked" fans take note) and why was it expensive? For housewarming, Kwanzaa, or Noel.


$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307461483
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Published: Broadway Books, 6/2011

NOVEMBER 2013

This is a lively truth-is-stranger-than-fiction narrative on REAL art thefts. Whittman, a former FBI undercover agent dishes the dirt and gives the the lowdown on the characters behind big heists. You don't have to appreciate art to enjoy the cat and mouse games and dicey dialogue detailed here.

Wait 'till you read about the "Antiques Roadshow" connection. Then there's the story about North Carolina's copy of The Bill of Rights looted during the Civil War and bought by the author in a sting. Steal some time to read this captivating book.

 


$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061766305
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 6/2011

OCTOBER 2013

TC is a haven for water activities. You can enjoy this on the beach or on your boat or anywhere... You will, however, think differently about seeing the Coast Guard boats or choppers go by after regarding this detailed story about the harrowing resque of fishermen in the Berring Sea. Cool off with this true adventure, but give yourself some time, you won't put it down till you find out what happens. You'll then find a "Coastie" and thank them for their service.


$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781770850941
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Published: Firefly Books, 5/2012

SEPTEMBER 2013

September. Fall makes me think of preserving my bounty of summer, and this book helps me do just that. It's still not too late to grab some great produce from local farmers markets and save summer in a jar or freezer. Can you top a recipe using a microwave and liqueur?? (Hint: it's in the jam section along with Autumn Fruit Jam.) Can you really say you have NO Zucchini?? See page 153. This volume packs in alot of good information in an easy to read and follow format even for kitchen challenged folk like me. Bon Appetit!!


$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780061766305
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 6/2011

JULY 2013

July is a month of water activities in TC. You  can enjoy this on the beach or on you boat or anywhere... You will however  think differently about seeing the Coast Guard boats or choppers go by after reading this detailed story about the harrowing rescue of fishermen in the frigid Berring Sea.  Cool off with this true adventure, but give yourself some time, you won’t want to put it down till you find out what happens.  Then find a “Coastie” & thank them for their service.


$9.95
ISBN-13: 9780486483603
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Published: Dover Publications, 5/2012

JUNE 2013

June, a time for family vacations, a cutsie gift or a road trip. Sothis little volume could be useful, or just fun. Don't peek first, but guess which 6 unusual Michigan names are in here. Make this a parlor game with friends; name the states these towns are from and how they were named: Happy Camp , Index, Arctic, Toast. How many have you visited?

What town is named after a mule??(pg. 231) The stories about how these towns were named can add a smile to your day. Buy this, as the book says Wynot! (NE)


$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781416534839
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Published: Touchstone, 1/2008

MAY 2013

I don't usually read mysteries, but I've been in a Wilde mood since I've been upholstering furniture for Old Town Playhouse's "Ideal Husband" (May 3-18th.. take a bookmark). Not only is Oscar Wilde playwright, bon-vivant a character here, but he meets Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. What follows is a Victorian who-done-it rich characters, unexpected plot twists, and witty dialogue. The game's afoot. Can you finger the culprit first?


Hiking Michigan (Paperback)


ISBN-13: 9780762727001
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: FalconGuides, 7/2003

APRIL 2013

April may bring some showers, but I'm ready to see some green. I hope to walk/hike some of the places I cross-country skied this winter. The section on the Sleeping Bear Dunes is detailed with both descriptions & small maps. The North Country Trail section is not so detailed, but provides references to contact for additional information. Nearby Grass River Natural area is included as well. I plan to keep my copy in the car so I have it when out traveling. As a gift for a friend or to add to your own collection this is a great book to have on hand.


$8.99
ISBN-13: 9781843652076
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Published: Pavilion Books, 10/2012

MARCH 2013

In March I think of St. Paddy's Day and things green or Irish. That leads me to storytelling and these tales from across the globe. I like the Aboriginal Tale that tells of an owl's friendship with a hurricane and explains owls' big eyes. The illustrations are lush and cheerful. Be entertained by how the bear got a stumpy tail or how the young boy's riddle saved his parents from losing their house. There is even a tale from Ireland. Happy Tales to you! Slainte!!!


Beer Cocktails (Hardcover)

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781558327313
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Published: Harvard Common Press, 6/2012

FEBRUARY 2013

February Fun includes Microbrew Festival, Comedy Festival, Valentine's Day, and the Oscars. Celebrate all those occasions with this book and its lively recipes. Besides a "Root Beer" Float, you could make a "Chocolate Truffle" (pg. 75) for your sweetie. It's called "Snakebite" for a reason; check it out to see why. All you retirees check out page 54. The photos are fab and the recipes clear and easy to follow. Have a blast and a giggle with these cocktails. Cheers!!!


$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781606523582
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Published: Reader's Digest Association, 3/2012

DECEMBER 2012

December. Xmas. If I didn't work retail I'd be off on one of these great road trips. With enticing pictures and pithy details of possible stops this book is great for planning/remembering trips. What Michigan drives are listed? How many have you driven? What state is the "Going-to-the-Sun Road" in? A great gift or something to put on your own list, this updated volume will get you "on the road again" if only from your favorite comfy armchair.


$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781602861787
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Published: Weinstein Books, 7/2012

NOVEMBER 2012

November: A month that sometimes needs color and reminds us to be thankful. The 10-year anniversary collection reminds me what FUN Runway has been and how colorful! This is a great gift for fashionistas, budding designers/costumers and all-around creative types. Learn all the backstage secrets like which designer is "fierce" and why. What type of dress would you make out of merchandise at a grocery store? Can you tell which dress on pages 152-153 was made of newspaper? Find the peanuts sack dress!


$7.98
Model: 9786666504717
October. When it gets a little chilly it's good to snuggle up to someone. Maybe even read The Art of Sensual Loving together... or just look at the illustrations. For those fans of the 50 Shades trilogy, get a little different take on intimacy. This bargain edition won't stay in stock long because it has loads of good information presented in a clear manner that will provide hours of fun and enjoyment! A prime example of the old adage: More bang for your buck.

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780393339918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 4/2011

SEPTEMBER 2012

September: a month for star wathcing and off-shoulder travel... like, say, outer space??? Get the ins and outs of space without all the NASA Astronaugt training. Author Roach's irreverent style takes nothing away from the actual science involved. She makes the reading enjoyable for every younger readers who yearn to know about bodily functions in space. Do you know what a furuncle is? Or why the "corned beef sandwich" incident was dangerous? Learn and laugh with Roach, who also wrote Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.


$39.95
ISBN-13: 9780307273475
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Published: Knopf, 4/2012

AUGUST 2012

August is TCFF kick-off so how about this amazing book from the American Film Institute (AFI)? These in-depth interviews discuss craft in a way that will intrigue the layman, but provide meaningful messages to students and folks in the biz. From Truffaut to Altman with Corman, Ephron, Kaminski and Streep in between, this volume has something for everyone. Was The Wrestler autobiographical? What early Nicholson film was shot in 2 days and by whom? Great read.


$12.98
ISBN-13: 9780760335345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Motorbooks, 12/2010

JUNE 2012

Nash Rambler & Studebaker were spoken of with reverence in our family. Great fun to read stories of romance, high-jinks, and lessons learned related to these cars. Even the stories told by names I didn't recognize were entertaining.

Another form of amusement in the book is finding typos & errors! Can you identify the incorrect word usage on page 78?

The handsome photos are helpful for me as I am unfamiliar with many styles and makes. Kinda makes you want to write an ode to your first car. Mine was a Coronet. What was yours? Is it in here? A great gift for a Dad, Grad or something to read on a road trip.


$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780061791031
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2011

MAY 2012

May is a month of Mother's Day, some graduations, proms and spring flowers. Breathe in the scent of Mazzeo's biography of hte world's most famous perfume and learn how it was named. Read about les "annees folles" after WWI and meet the young designer Coco Chanel and her lovers. Do you know what an aldehyde is and what it does? Part romance novel, part business case study, this book is light and dreamy like the iconic Paris it represents. Come on, indulge yourself after winter! Open up to the scent of possibilities! Buy it for yourself or a friend and revel in luxury!


$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780761159254
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Published: Workman Publishing, 12/2010

APRIL 2012

April Showers... bring May Meditation. Before the season gets too hectic try this book that comes with 4 guided meditations on CD. Skeptical??? So was I, but this small volume provides an easy-to-follow program. you can even just dip into it for some quick new perspective. Try pg. 96 and the Drinking Tea Meditation, or the answers on pg. 70 about being restless. "Real happiness depends on what we do with our attention," the book claims. Attend this and grab some.


The Yellow House (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9781599952024
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Published: Center Street, 2/2011

MARCH 2012

March. St. Patrick's Day. I want to see green again! I did, as this lush novel took me to the Ireland of 1905 to meet the O'Neills and Sheridans. Portraying WWI and religious unrest on a personal level gives an emotional depth to historical details I find engaging as a reader. Eileen is the determined kind of loving lady you want as your friend and you ache for her encounters with Owen. How will Eileen's attraction with a charismatic follower of Michael Collins turn out? Enjoy the rich language of author Falvey in this lyrical tale of Irish national and personal heart.



ISBN-13: 9780061151668
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Design, 10/2011

FEBRUARY 2012

February. No Comedy Fest. Well this isn't funny, but it is a treat. Hey it is Oscar month so why not look at even more GREAT dresses. The photos are fab and the behind-the-seams stories give dishy details. Iconic Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn garments are here with Chanel, Princess Diana, Cher, Lady Gaga, and... well just look. Guys, it's a great gift for your lady love. Ladies, you know you have room in your closet for it. Buy it because it will never go out of style!



ISBN-13: 9781592853588
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, 8/2006
JANUARY 2012

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062511218
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Published: HarperOne, 4/1996
JANUARY 2012

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781466208414
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Published: Createspace, 8/2011
DECEMBER 2011

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345500724
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Published: Ballantine Books, 8/2009
NOVEMBER 2011

$20.00
Model: 884501355520
OCTOBER 2011

$5.98
Model: 9786666920258

SEPTEMBER 2011

 


$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781416534839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone, 1/2008

MARCH 2014

 

MAY 2013

I don't usually read mysteries, but I've been in a Wilde mood since I've been upholstering furniture for Old Town Playhouse's "Ideal Husband" (May 3-18th.. take a bookmark). Not only is Oscar Wilde playwright, bon-vivant a character here, but he meets Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. What follows is a Victorian who-done-it rich characters, unexpected plot twists, and witty dialogue. The game's afoot. Can you finger the culprit first?