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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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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Ford focus

Pulitzer Prize-winning MSU grad back with new novella

by Bill Castanier
Author Richard Ford is on the road again promoting his newest book, “Let Me Be Frank With You.” Along for the ride is Frank Bascombe, the peripatetic protagonist in the book’s four novellas, as well as three of Ford’s other novels. In a phone conversation last week from a hotel in Oxford, Miss., Ford, 70, said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the book’s popularity; a recent lecture in Pittsburgh attracted 1,000 readers. A commonly held belief by critics and reviewers that novelists sometimes turn to novellas or short story collections to fulfill contracts, but Ford bristles at that suggestion: “It’s not a knockoff by any means." Ford said he didn’t take on a novel because he “didn’t have the chops for it.”
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

History lesson

Wharton welcomes ‘Annie’ back for trip down memory lane

by Paul Wozniak
“Annie” is back, and it’s more than just overplayed hits. Part musical fantasy time capsule, part political commentary, the 37-year-old show feels strangely relevant in a post-recession world. More importantly, the freshly revived touring production is a polished machine designed to entertain.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Psychopathic Recordsī at The Loft, Sunday, Dec. 21 The Family Fun Time Tour, hosted by Psychopathic Records and Native World Inc., stops Sunday at the Loft. The eccentric hip hop bill features Anybody Killa, Boondox, Big Hoodoo, Smokehouse Junkiez, Bobby Knuckles, Insane Asylum, MC Kno...
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Book drop

Arts Council pays forward donation of mini-library from former MSU prof

by Allan I. Ross
Festivus isn’t the only December holiday “Seinfeld” gave us. In the 1995 episode “The Label Maker,” the all-too-common practice of giving someone a present that some one else had recently given you got a name: Regifting. The term caught on, and 13 years later, Dec. 18 was declared National Regifting Day by the State of Colorado.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Turner-Dodge grand re-opening gala

by Ty Forquer
After being closed for nearly a year due to water damage, the Turner-Dodge House was filled with celebration once again as Friends of Turner-Dodge and the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department kicked off the third annual Festival of Trees with a Friday night gala event. “This is like a grand re-opening for us,” said Friends of Turner-Dodge President Michael Beebe.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Gimme some truth

Thursday, Dec. 18

by Ty Forquer
While we do our best to make our lives seem merry and bright during the holiday season, there is always another side. Behind every beautifully lit-up house there is a determined father who nearly fell off the roof again this year. Behind every delectable holiday spread there is a frazzled ...
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Holiday Cheapskate

by Salzator Lansing
Holiday Cheapskate In the season of giving, it’s hard to determine: Will you forgive me or think that I’m vermin If I don’t buy you a present this year? So I’ll spend the month in perpetual fear. Please don’t feel sore if I skip you, my friend. It...
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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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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: Baby’s first christmas

How to help new parents make the holidays special

by City Pulse Staff
After a particularly long, cold winter like Lansing had last year, baby rates tend to spike the following year. Funny how nature works. That means a whole generation of ice storm babies are getting ready to celebrate their first holiday season.
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