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Thursday, July 24,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Vampires & Whales

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 10 — I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend as much as I did. A quick road trip to Ann Arbor, barbecue and other fun with the kids; exactly what a summer holiday is made for. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - NONFICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 3 — One more week of looking back at the first half of the year. This week it's my favorite nonfiction books so far - next week, back to new books. Enjoy the holiday weekend, and remember to pack a good book (or two) if you're traveling. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - FICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 26 — I know, it hardly seems possible, right? Half of 2014 gone already. I'm going to take a quick look back and recap the best fiction I've read so far. The publishers' output has already been top quality, and there are a lot more great titles coming in the second half. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Summer Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 19 — Another trip through the used book stacks, thinking about what might be fun for the upcoming summer months. This list comes from the Grand Rapids store, so folks in Lansing will need to check on the availability of these. And they're first come, first served, so if you see something you have to have, give us a call and we'll set it aside for you. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 12,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

The Godfather, Part IV

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 12 — There's nothing that says summer's nearly here like looking outside and still seeing some daylight as the clock nears 10:00pm. My back deck is getting more and more use - for reading of course. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 5,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Fourth of July Creek

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 5 — This weekend is the Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids! The locals remember when it was the big downtown event of the year here, before the ArtPrize folks moved in. The locals also know that Festival is still a great weekend of art, performance and food - worth the drive from wherever you are. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, May 22,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Books for the Lawn Chairs

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, May 22 – It's quite warm out as I write this week. Hot and sunny, following a couple days of rain. If I listen closely, I can just about hear my recently-mowed grass growing up past my ankles again. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, May 15,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, May 15 — We seem to be getting a double dose of the old spring adages. There's no shortage of May flowers to been seen around town, but the April showers are being rather tenacious about sticking around, as well. As I say in almost every situation - there are always books! Here's what we're reading:
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