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Encountering ‘the Other’by Jean VanierPaperback, $8.95Paulist Press0809144093 Sixty-two pages. Encountering ‘the Other’ is a simple book which addresses a great problem. But maybe that’s what we need, a simple solution to a huge problem. Jean Vanier works with human beings. Vanier founded L’Arche communities in France, Canada, Australia and the United States. He’s written books […]

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The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on EarthEdward O. WilsonHardcover, $21.95Norton0393062171 Our world, our brains and our bellies. These three books touch on some vital issues. Creation is an open letter by Wilson to a pastor in an attempt to find some common ground instead of getting hung up on language. Ever the scientist, […]

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Thirst: Poemsby Mary OliverHardcover, $22.00Beacon Press0807068969 If you haven’t met me then you’ve possibly never hear me quote Mary Oliver’s poetry. In a bookstore in Albuquerque I first read her poem “Wild Geese.” I wept. Her words were both comforting and jarring. Suddenly I had the language to describe that searing sense of aloneness merged […]

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The Immortal Game: A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain by David Shenk Hardcover, $26.00 0385510101 Open your mind. Many of you are looking at this title and thinking, “Boring, dull, I’m no geek.” But I want you to […]

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“One in, one out.” – Helen Volk (local author of several books & pamphlets on de-cluttering and organizing) Well, that’s the theory, so I’m told. I try to apply this to books. I mentioned that I love being surrounded by books but when the stack on the floor becomes three feet high (no joking!) and […]

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story (A Novel)by Ned VizziniMiramax, $16.950786851961 I’ve been trying to read more young adult and middle reader fiction lately and the results have been impressive. I’ve come across some wonderful books. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is another in the list of interesting reads. To come totally clean on […]

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Rainy days & Mondays

We may actually see sunshine today but it doesn’t matter. I have the day off and that means a trip to the laundromat with a couple of books to keep me company. Honestly, I’m not just saying this. I never leave the house without at least TWO books. I try to bring something new and […]

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The week in review, the fullness of time

It’s Sunday morning, 8:00 AM. I just made my first cup of coffee. The radio plays my morning news program. The sky is gray again. I have no major plans for the day, just to relax after a very full week. I brought books to sell at the New York State Writers Institute for the […]

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Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness, and the Man Who Found Them Allby Perry GarfinkelHarmony, $24.95140008217X A guy walks into his editor’s office, pitches an idea and somewhere down the road he’s heading East in search of the steps the Buddha took in his life. Well, that’s the idea anyway. National Geographic […]

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The beginnings of transformation

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mindby Beppe SevergniniBroadway, $23.950767914392 When I was on the radio I mentioned a few books that were clearly about personal or global transformation. I believe the former can lead to the latter. But Joe and Susan wondered what this book (La Bella Figura: A Field Guide […]

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