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Thursday, April 17,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, April 17 — There are few perks better than working in a place with thousands of used books waiting to be explored whenever the mood strikes. There are surprises and delights on every shelf. I'm happy to report on what I find, so here are the highlights of the most recent expedition. 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, April 10,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Great Reads and More Pie

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, April 10 — My wonderful daughter was in town last weekend to celebrate her birthday. We had our usual great time getting caught up on current favorite reads and swapping piles of books. Yep, she's one of us. Here's what we're reading: THE INTERN'S HANDBOOKShane KuhnIt didn'...
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

The Space-Pie Continuum

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, April 3 — I don't usually spend much time talking about TV or movie related books, but I'm making an exception this week - for the good of all mankind. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 27,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Some Spring Novels

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 27 — I often start things off with a comment about the weather, but after this late-March week I'd rather change the subject. How about the NCAA basketball tournament? Nope, just looked at my bracket in shambles. How about books? Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Spring, Beer and Baseball

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 20 — Happy First Day of Spring! There was a point around mid-February when I wouldn't have given you even odds that it would ever get here, but I can see parts of my yard again, my driveway has been revealed to be made of cement, as I remembered, and the back door onto my deck can be opened for the first time in months. I'm willing to say buds, robins and baseball season can't be far behind. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 13,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

A Theme-less Week

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 13 — Despite the little weather setback this week, the fact that I can once again see that my driveway is made of cement and not ice, and that the grass on the edge of the roads is still there, despite being the color of rust and mud, gives me hope - and more than a little spring fever. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

A Couple of Classics

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 6 — The time changes this weekend, can Spring be far behind? As nice as it's been to sit in a comfortable chair reading by the fireplace on these frigid evenings, I'm also remembering how nice it is to read on my sunny back deck, cold drink at the ready and wearing an offensively loud tropical shirt. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, February 27,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Coincidence? I Think Not

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Two books dealing with the subject of coincidences - one fiction, one non. Both books address the concepts of probability and chance in delightful ways, and it's no coincidence that I put them together this week. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Science Thursday!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 20 — This has been an outstanding year already for those of us who like a little science with our reading. In addition to some fine non-fiction books, The Martian (last week) and Andrew's Brain (below) bring a satisfying helping of real science to works of outstanding fiction. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, February 6,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

The New Paperbacks

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 6 — It used to be that paperbacks were a book's second life, so to speak. After the hardcover sales came and went, the publisher released the paperback in order to attract more readers with a lower price. These days we're seeing more and more "paperback originals&...
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