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“Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson

“Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson

“Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson c.2014, Harper $25.99 / $31.99 Canada 275 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your back yard was filled with treasure. When you were a kid, you were sure of it – and while it mightn’t have been Pirate booty, there […]

“Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life” by Chris Farrell

“Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life” by Chris Farrell

“Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think about Work, Community, and the Good Life” by Chris Farrell c.2014, Bloomsbury $26.00 / $32.00 Canada 256 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER For much of your employed life, you dreamed about not having to work. Retirement would be great. It would stretch out for years, […]

“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss

“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss

“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss c.2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25.00 / $32.00 Canada 336 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Be careful what you wish for. No doubt, you’ve been told that before. What you want and what you need are often two different things, and desires can be dangerous. The wrong wish […]

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande

“Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande c.2014, Henry Holt $26.00 304 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Last night’s dessert was spectacular. As with many finales, that perfect ending to a perfect meal left you satisfied for the rest of the evening. It was, like some conclusions – a […]

“What I Know for Sure” by Oprah Winfrey

“What I Know for Sure” by Oprah Winfrey

“What I Know for Sure” by Oprah Winfrey c.2014, Macmillan Audiobook from Flatiron Books $24.99 / $28.99 Canada 4 CDs / 4 hours BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Death and taxes. That’s what your father used to say were the only things in life that you could count on. Neither one was escapable; both were […]

“The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” by Alison Lurie

“The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” by Alison Lurie

“The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” by Alison Lurie c.2014, Delphinium Books $24.95 / $31.99 Canada 311 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The building must be nearly done. Every day for months, you’ve seen it on your way to work. You’ve watched it go from a hole in the ground, […]

“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt

“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt

“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt c.2014, Little, Brown & Company $26.00 / $29.00 Canada 256 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You needed to take a stand. There was an injustice, a wrong that needed righting, and someone had to say something. That someone was you – and though you’re just one person, just a voice, […]

“Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

“Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

“Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle c.2014, University of Texas Press $24.95 / $30.95 Canada 236 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist. It’s like icing a cake with your hand, they say, and you practiced that wave aplenty when you were young. You never knew when you might […]

“The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

“The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

“The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter c.2014, Basic Books $16.99 / $19.99 Canada 358 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You hadn’t seen your old classmate in years. He was never at reunions or any events. He never called you, either, and truth be known, you kind of forgot about him – […]

“Good Morning, Mr. Mandela” by Zelda la Grange

“Good Morning, Mr. Mandela” by Zelda la Grange

“Good Morning, Mr. Mandela” by Zelda la Grange c.2014, Viking $28.95 / $33.00 Canada 368 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You are entitled to change your mind. You don’t have to apologize or admit you were wrong. Just act on your new convictions and, sooner or later, someone will notice your different opinions, improved […]

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