Mary

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Have Library Science degree, will travel – with the U.S. State Department and also with CNN to many Latin American countries, Canada, London, Asia, Washington DC, etc. for thirty years. Moved to Troy in 2003 to rehab a house and to put down roots in a human scale community. I enjoy reading History (especially local history), travel lit, mysteries, literary fiction, biography, and essays.
Mary

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Heads in Beds

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality By Jacob Tomsky Doubleday ISBN 978-0-385-53563-2 Due out November 20, 2012 Here is the authentic voice of the Front Desk Agent: funny, experienced, profane, and able to tell a good story or two. How many people have said “Gosh, the things that I’ve […]

The Edge of Nowhere

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Say Nice Things about Detroit by Scott Lasser

Say Nice Things about Detroit by Scott Lasser

Say Nice Things about Detroit by Scott Lasser Detroit is a tough place to describe well.  Sure it is gritty, reeling from massive job losses, and afflicted with racial strife.  But it is home to lots of people (myself among them) and we notice when one of our own writes a good story about Detroit […]

Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes by Anupy Singla

Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes by Anupy Singla

This has been my favorite Indian cookbook since it came out two years ago, but just this week I put it to the ultimate test. Monday night I cooked dinner for three Afghani gentlemen and their interpreter and I offered three dishes from this cookbook (plus rice and grilled salmon that I managed myself). I […]

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats by Chris Pavone This gripping thriller, set in Luxembourg, features a wonderfully compelling heroine: Kate Moore. She is the recently arrived wife of a computer security expert hired by shadowy banking interests to ensure the safety of international financial transactions. She is also a recently retired CIA agent, a fact that not even her […]