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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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Friday, May 9,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Be Afraid, Be Amused, Then Relax

by Neil Rajala
Friday, May 9 — So many must-read books these days. Late Spring into Summer is the first major publishing season of the year, and our publishers are are in serious competition to release the best titles. In my opinion, they're all winning. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, May 1,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

A May Day Mix

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, May 1 — Happy May Day everyone! We're caught in that awkward place between the onset of (mostly) nice weather and summer vacation. Don't forget to leave time for some good books while you're starting the year's yard work and prepping your bicycle. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, April 24,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

An Early "Best of 2014" Contender

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, April 24 — Back to new books this week. The publishers continue to put out a steady stream of major new releases, ramping up for what everyone expects to be a blockbuster summer reading season. Here's what we're reading:
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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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