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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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Thursday, January 30,2014

Notes from Neil

Football & Fiction (In That Order)

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 30 — It only seems fitting to start this week's edition with a book about pro football. I probably should have included a cookbook featuring cheese-filled bacon snacks, too, for the full Super Bowl experience. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 23  — Every week, Neil Rajala, Director of Community & Business Services for Schuler Books, rounds up a selection of exciting new releases and old favorites to round out your reading schedule. Here's what he's reading: NIGHT WATCHSergei LukyanenkoMr. Lukyanen...
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Notes from Neil

A Mid-Winter's Mix

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 16 — One thing you won't see in this newsletter are reviews of the various self-improvement books that pop up like mushrooms this time of year - you know, the ones that make you feel bad about already having broken your resolutions. Why not? Because I've always believe...
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Notes from Neil

Good Books With Bad Weather

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 9 — Sitting at home this past Monday, on one of those ultra-rare occasions when weather closed our stores, I couldn't help thinking about growing up in the Keweenaw Peninsula. We must have been in a near constant "polar vortex" for three or four months every ...
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Notes from Neil

A Look Ahead

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 2 — If you're a consumer of various types and genres of media like me, we're probably thinking along the same lines - enough with the Best Of 2013 lists already! I've decided to take the opposite approach this week and look ahead at some of the books our staff and sale...
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Friday, December 27,2013

Notes from Neil

Between Holidays Edition

by Neil Rajala
Friday, Dec. 27 — Sorry folks, I'm a day late this week due to an uninvited Christmas head cold. My halls were decked with antihistamines and cough medicine, but the silver lining was time to catch up on a couple of books remaining on my pile from this year. Here's what we're reading...
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Thursday, December 19,2013

Notes from Neil

2013 Odds and Ends

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Dec. 19 — Over the last couple of weeks I've (hopefully) tempted you with lists of my favorite books of the past year, both for your own reading pleasure and for the gift-giving season. I'm going to take one last look back at 2013 this week and mention a few titles that, wh...
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Thursday, December 12,2013

Notes from Neil

Best of (Semi)2013: Nonfiction

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Dec. 12 — I certainly don't mind the idea of cold, snowy weather in Michigan in December. It's what's supposed to happen, and I'll always believe that a white Christmas is better than a green one. What I do mind is leaving earlier for work and getting home later after. Less...
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Thursday, December 5,2013

Notes from Neil

Best of (Semi)2013: Fiction

by Neil Rajala
Wednesday, Dec. 5 — I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are fully ready for the sprint to the end of 2013. Weren't we just toasting to its beginning? Here's what we're reading:BEST OF 2013: FictionIt's year-end list time! A recap of my favorite reads, just in time for hol...
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