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“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman c.2013, William Morrow $25.99 / $27.99 Canada 181 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your mother loves to reminisce. “Remember when…” she says before launching into some often-embarrassing story about something that happened years ago. “Remember when,” two words that make you scramble […]

“A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” by Sue Halpern

“A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” by Sue Halpern

“A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” by Sue Halpern c.2013, Riverhead Books $26.95 / $28.50 Canada 320 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER They say it can’t be done. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, they say, but you’ve spent a good amount of time doing it successfully anyhow. Sit, stay, […]

“Inferno” by Dan Brown

“Inferno” by Dan Brown

“Inferno” by Dan Brown c.2013, Doubleday $29.95 / $30.00 Canada 465 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER All your life, you’ve tried to be good. As a child, you were taught kindness and compassion, honesty and trustworthiness. You learned graciousness and generosity, and embraced gratitude. You’ve always tried to be good for several reasons, […]

“NOS4A2: A Novel” by Joe Hill

“NOS4A2: A Novel” by Joe Hill

“NOS4A2: A Novel” by Joe Hill c.2013, William Morrow $28.99 / $31.99 Canada 692 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The Christmas tree is long gone. It shed its last needle on the curb more than four months ago, looking sad without baubles on branches or gifts around its trunk. It’s probably mulch now, […]

“My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver

“My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver

“My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks” by Maya Silver & Marc Silver c.2013, Sourcebooks $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 262 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Truthfully, the bad news came as no surprise. Your Mom hadn’t been feeling well lately and for weeks, you’d heard your parents whispering. You knew she was […]

“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline c.2013, William Morrow $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 278 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks. On this page here, you’d glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, you’d paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mother’s voice would […]

“Living and Dying in Brick City” by Sampson Davis (with Lisa Frazier Page)

“Living and Dying in Brick City” by Sampson Davis (with Lisa Frazier Page)

“Living and Dying in Brick City” by Sampson Davis (with Lisa Frazier Page) c.2013, Spiegel & Grau $25.00 / $29.95 Canada 245 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Throughout your life, you’ve dodged a lot of bullets. By accident or design, you were in the wrong place at the wrong time but somehow remained […]

“The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

“The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

“The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods c.2013, Dutton $27.95 / $29.50 Canada 370 pages, includes index   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your dog has a species identity crisis. Some days, he’s a copycat and it’s like monkey see, monkey do around your house. […]

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult c.2013, Emily Bestler Books / Atria $28.99 / $32.00 Canada 461 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You couldn’t sleep without a bedtime story. When you were small, snuggling with your blankie and teddy, a bedtime story was the final cap of your day.  Hearing that tale – whether it […]

“Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank

“Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank

“Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank c.2013, Simon & Schuster $30.00 / $34.99 Canada 434 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The boss didn’t like you very much. You sometimes wondered why you were ever hired, in fact. From the beginning, he was critical, secretive, and never let […]

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