Book review: Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit
Nov29

Book review: Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit

Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit By Lyanda Lynn Haupt (229 pages, nonfiction, 2021) In many ways, this book is spiritual kin to the works of Rachel Carson, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Henry David Thoreau. Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, a self-described “tree-hugging dirt worshiper,” has chosen to share her eco-based philosophy at just the right time. For those of us who are feeling run down, burned out, and...

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Book review: Of Women and Salt
Nov11

Book review: Of Women and Salt

Of Women and Salt By Gabriela Garcia (204 pages, fiction, 2021) Gabriela Garcia’s sweeping debut novel, Of Women and Salt, demonstrates in a mere 204 pages how our past is inextricably linked to both our present and our future. The book spans four centuries and highlights the struggles of women from two different families. It is remarkable how Garcia masterfully connects the women in both families in such a short novel. The story...

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Book review: Get swept away by great storytelling
May14

Book review: Get swept away by great storytelling

The Name of the Wind By Patrick Rothfuss (Fantasty, 722 pages, 2008) Currently on Libby as e-book     As the roads become dangerous and foreign threats turn soldiers to mercenaries, a new menace stumbles upon the sleepy village of Newarre. But was it perhaps drawn there, seeking out a kingkiller in hiding? A bloodless, powerful man who has fought with angels? Quiet innkeeper Kvothe may be more than he appears to the village...

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Book review: A WWII tale
May14

Book review: A WWII tale

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir By Jennifer Ryan (Fiction, 371 pages, 2017)   It is March 1940 during World War II in the English countryside, and the vicar has closed the choir because the men in the choir have gone to war. But the women start up the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, led by the free-spirited Miss Prim. This story is told through different characters’ letters and journals. Mrs. Tilling’s son has gone to fight and she must give...

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Book review: Is relationship worth the work to repair?
May06

Book review: Is relationship worth the work to repair?

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship By Mira Kirshenbaum (nonfiction/308 pages/1997)   Wondering if you should stay in your relationship or leave? Things just aren’t what they used to be, and you don’t know if working on it will help. Maybe you’ve been trying to work on it, but things just haven’t changed. This book...

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