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"Can dogs climb trees? Evidently," writes Susan Orlean. "At least certain dogs can. And they can climb down, too." 

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean's work has been snatched up by Hollywood in the movies "Adaptation" and "...

 

"God's Secretaries" by Adam Nicolson is the story of the development of the King James Bible.  The author tells of the efforts and struggles to produce an English translation of the Bible, especially with competing religious factions in the wake of the Reformation. For readers who do not have a background in British history, the book does give a sufficient summary of the religious and political...

 

Bob Seger is touring  again after a hiatus. His career has lasted for decades and part of his longevity is due to his songwriting. Raunchy anthems like "Fire Down Below" and "Her Strut," are only part of his repertoire. His Silver Bullet Band spent excessive time on the road, and the lyrics for "Katmandu," "Travelin' Man," and "Turn the Page" are ripe for a doctoral thesis on the effects of endless touring.

Seger also wrote plenty of story songs. "Mainstreet" and "Hollywood Nights" evoke a sense of place and desperation.  The late 80's was an unfortunate...

Peter Mountford's debut novel, "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism," follows Gabriel de Boya, a young, overeducated freelance writer who lucks into a perfect job with a high-power New York hedge fund. His first assignment is to cover the elections in La Paz, Bolivia, but not as a journalist--the fund wants to know what the president-elect will do with the oil pipeline so they can bet accordingly profit at any expense. All he has to...

Whether I'm making gifts or just passing the time, I enjoy making crafts. I've tried my hand at a couple, and most recently have ventured into the world of jewelry making, inspired by the steampunk necklace design of "World of Geekcraft," seen below. These books are some fun ones I like for making distinctive handmade gifts for this holiday season.
 

Animated movies have long had the reputation of being only kiddie fare. Yet with the rise of studios such as Pixar and Dreamworks, animated movies have been moving more towards appeasing parents who are dragged to the theater by their children. Animated movies have always had a special place in my heart, they have the ability to tug at the heart strings, make the kid inside and the adult laugh, make us look at our own lives through a new lens, and simply delight us for ninety or so minutes. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

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I have discovered that my literary heroes aren't strong, self-controlled or mature. They aren't even adults, but confused, impulsive teenagers. One of them likes to steal books and the other prays to trees. The books "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech present two teenage...

This book may be the most frequently published book in history. Many people have them, but hardly use them properly. Many of us have sat on them to boost ourselves at tables to eat with family. If this makes you want to hear more, then this is your book,"The Phone Book: the curious history of the book that everyone uses but no one reads" by Ammon Shea. 

Shea's...

 

Ben Aaronovitch is one of the fresh, new voices in paranormal fiction. He takes the traditional British police procedural, mixes in a dash of Harry Potter, adds a "disagreement" between the human incarnations of the river gods of London, and gives us "Midnight Riot."

The book introduces us to  Probationary Constable...

 

Are you looking for a quick-paced, funny, and entertaining book? Need a novel to curl up with during these cold nights? Dean Bakopoulas' second novel, "My American Unhappiness" is a smart tale that will put your life and the anxiety of the times in perspective. Bakopoulas takes a satirical approach as he explores the end of...
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