Book Reviews

BIG TENT debuts in March

Coming in March and every Fourth Thursday thereafter: BIG TENT: Stories & Poems in Three Acts 7PM @ The Raven Thursday, March 26th: Act 1:  Robert Baumann poetry/visuals Act 2:  Mary O’Connell fiction Act 3:  Barry Barnes poetry/rhythm UPDATES COMING.  Look for the new BIG TENT information and discussion blog on our website. BIG TENT in April Thursday, April 23 7PM @ The Raven Act 1:  Michael Allen & Richard Thomas poetry Act 2:  Sarah Smarsh Act 3:  Andy Anderegg


The GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a delightful novel set in 1946 England.  A young woman who is a columnist for a London newspaper receives a letter from a resident of the isle of Guernsey, one of England’s Channel Islands, which had been occupied by the Nazis.  The entire novel is composed of letters between island residents and the writer,
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - SOON TO BE A NETFLIX FILM - A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.


Social critic and environmental writer, Solnit, wrote this book in 2000 and it is now available in paperback.  The essays explore the way all of us get around in our world, by walking.  The author looks at literature: Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet who’s constant walking is both a part of the plot and a way of delineating her character, and she analyzes how our environment affects the way we are a
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ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2001

A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me

PRACTICING by Glenn Kurtz

I’ve never played a note on a guitar, but that didn’t matter; Glenn Kurtz’s memoir PRACTICING reached me. For anyone who has ever tried to create something of beauty and fallen short of what he or she imagined, this book will be a balm.
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ISBN: 9780307278753
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Published: Vintage - August 5th, 2008

In a remarkable memoir written with insight and humor, Glenn Kurtz takes us from his first lessons at the age of eight to his acceptance at the elite New England Conservatory of Music. After graduation, he attempts a solo career in Vienna but soon realizes that he has neither the ego nor the talent required to succeed and gives up the instrument, and his dream, entirely.

SEX, SLEEP, EAT, DRINK, DREAM: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman

SEX, SLEEP, EAT, DRINK, DREAM: A Day in the Life of Your Body by science writer Jennifer Ackerman is a fun and fascinating read for hypochondriacs, amateur anatomists, and everyone else for that matter.
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ISBN: 9780547085609
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Published: Mariner Books - October 1st, 2008

Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting?

FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

If you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the environmental crisis and wonder whether small actions really make any difference. There’s healing to be found in a tiny, beautiful little book called FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Haida native Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
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ISBN: 9781553653721
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Published: Greystone Books - March 1st, 2008

Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home -- trip after trip, her beak is filled each time with just a drop of water. Her efforts show her woodland companions that doing something -- anything -- is better than doing nothing at all.

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg is a riveting account of the scientific and unmistakably intimate emotional relationship between this animal behaviorist and her late and now famous African grey parrot Alex.
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ISBN: 9780061673986
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2009

Alex & Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas.

Pet and Nature Books for Children

Looking for books for kids, maybe 4 and over?  We have a number about animals that  should appeal to most children and all lovers of animals.  BAD DOG MARLEY by Grogan and KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Woelfle, are about pets who get into trouble,and then find a deeper love and secure home after performing heroic acts.  A HOME FOR DIXIE by Jackson, and TWO BOBBIES (a dog and a cat) by Larson are wond
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By John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061171161
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Published: HarperCollins - July 26th, 2011

Make way for Marley!

Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome Marley, a lovable puppy, into their home. But Marley doesn’t stay a pint-sized pup for long. He grows and grows, and the bigger Marley gets, the bigger trouble he gets into. Big, bad-boy trouble. Will this family have to find a new home for their misbehaving pooch, or will he prove he can be a good boy?


The author offers us thoughtful and thorough exploration of Lincoln as an extraordinarily talented writer.
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ISBN: 9780060773366
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 2nd, 2010

“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books