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Books
3:40 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Book Nook: Thieves of Book Row, by Travis McDade

Nearly a century ago, during The Great Depression, there was rash of rare book thefts from libraries in New England and across the Midwest. Book thieves were stealing obscure treasures and then selling them to unscrupulous book dealers. The book sellers would try to conceal the provenance of these rarities by removing identifying markings so that they could then resell them to collectors. Some of these merchants operated in Manhattan in an area where there was a heavy concentration of rare book dealers. This area was known as Book Row.

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12:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Book Nook: The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Almost every day someone will ask me if I have read any good books lately?  I always respond in the affirmative. Anybody who has asked me that question during the past month has received the same response. I tell them that "The Son" by Philipp Meyer is the finest novel that I have read in a long time.

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1:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Book Nook: Bootstrapper - from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, by Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link's marriage had fallen apart. She was determined to keep the rest of her life together for her three sons. This meant paying the bills, scrimping and economizing, and trying to obtain another mortgage on their acreage in northern Michigan. It wasn't going to be easy.

Link tells her story in her memoir "Bootstrapper - from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm." Link was making a living as a freelancer writing in the genre known as "true crime." Her income was unpredictable.  How could she find ways to conserve?

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1:56 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Book Nook: The World is a Carpet - Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, by Anna Badkhen

After a dozen excruciating years American forces are now in the process of finally pulling out of Afghanistan. So after all of this time what do we really know about this mysterious country and the people who live there? Probably not as much as we might think.

Anna Badkhen began reporting from Afghanistan right before the invasion.  She has written extensively about her experiences there. In her latest book, "The World is a Carpet - Four Seasons in an Afghan Village," Badkhen describes the time that she spent visiting a remote village in the desert.

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4:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Book Nook: Dreadful - the Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, by David Margolick

David Margolick remembers the first time that he heard the name of John Horne Burns. Margolick was attending a boarding school when he heard about a book that had been banned from this prep school. Burns had written a scathing book, a novel, that was a thinly disguised critique of that school. Margolick was intrigued.

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