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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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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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