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Thursday, November 14,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
An interesting batch this week - a remarkable biography, an art project gone globally viral and quite a few laughs (notice how I avoided mentioning the first snowfall?). Here's what we're reading: The Heart of Everything That Is - Bob Drury & Tom Clavin. The only Native American leader...
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Thursday, November 7,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
Thank goodness our publishers provide us with advance copies of books. The two novels below were 600 - 800 pages each. Not sure I could have told you about both of them this week without a head start. Here's what we're reading: The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan. Two continents, three gener...
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Thursday, October 31,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
It’s not often I get to write one of these on an actual holiday. I hope you’re enjoying a day of costumes, candlelight and too much sugar. Personally, I have a strict no-costume clause in my contract, but there are some impressive ones in the office today. Here’s wha...
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Thursday, October 24,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
The season's best new releases are coming out at a fast clip now. I'll be making more time to read and keep you up on what's arriving as best I can. Yes, it's a hardship, but one I'm willing to endure for the readers of this newsletter. Here's what we're reading: Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pyn...
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Thursday, October 17,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
It's the time of year when Autumn has solidified its hold. My fireplace is on more often and the fans have been put away, rather than just moved aside in case I might still need one. Baseball is deep into the playoffs, football is well under way, and if you look around the listings you can...
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Thursday, October 10,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
I hope all of my Grand Rapids readers enjoyed the giant art exhibit / carnival / street party that is ArtPrize again this year. For those of you in Lansing, if you've never been, it's time to add it to your bucket list. I can guarantee you've never seen anything quite like it. Here's what ...
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Thursday, October 3,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
October down here below the bridge is nearly always a month of spectacular weather and scenery. It's nice to be able to enjoy it without the Yooper in me looking over my shoulder in case there's a blizzard sneaking up from behind. It took me several years away to get over that habit. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, September 26,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
I've got kind of a grab bag of things this week. I'm even throwing in a non-book item that caught my eye today, just because it brought me back to a earlier and simpler era of books. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, September 19,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
Having written this newsletter for the first couple of years from my office in the former downtown GR Schuler, I can't tell you how odd it feels to not be smack dab in the middle of ArtPrize for the first time. It was always such a rush of excitement and new faces (and big art), it kinda f...
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Thursday, September 12,2013

Notes from Neil

by Neil Rajala
Summer offered one last bit of 90-degree flirtation this week before she stepped aside for the arrival of her cooler sister, Autumn. I'll be spending a little more time this week on a single title. I found it to be not only a great read, but a significant book of American history. Here's w...
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