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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #1) by Linnea Hartsuyker - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062563705
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 26th, 2018

A story of two siblings woven into the larger history of Harald, the first king of Norway, and his rise to power. Both epic and intimate, this is historical fiction at its most fun and engaging. Great characters, tough choices, and oodles of drama - I ate it up. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Planting Our World by Stefano Mancuso - Book Review

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By Stefano Mancuso, Gregory Conti (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781635422566
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Published: Other Press - April 18th, 2023

A charming book about the importance of plants. Mancuso touches on broad topics throughout, but spends most of his energies on entertaining tangents, such as the true slipperiness of a banana peel and the best wood (in the history of the world) for making stringed instruments. Excellent! ~ Reviewed by James Case


The Land of Lost Things: A Novel (The Book of Lost Things #2) by John Connolly - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781668022283
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - September 19th, 2023

A good fairy-tale inspired yarn. A woman's daughter is in a coma and the woman is exhausted by hope and the ever-present threat of losing her child. In the midst of this, she makes an idle wish and is drawn into a fairy tale world where a crooked man is looking to make a bargain. He hopes to escape into her world in return for her daughter's life. Full of twisted fairy-tale bargains and creatures, this is an entertaining ride that picks up considerably in the second half. Dark, but not without humor. A good read. ~ Reviewed by James Case


The Savage Detectives: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño - Book Review

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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

Epic, sweeping and painfully personal, this may be the best novel by one of the greatest writers of the last 50 years. Broken into three sections, it swirls around two dissolute poets in Mexico City and the rippling circles of people they encounter. It's an astonishing portrait of a time and a place and the way in which lives intersect. Bolaño somehow manages to create a novel on a truly epic scale while continually keeping his focus on the most minute aspects of those characters' lives. A myriad of different perspectives and people fill the pages, all of them memorable, and all wrestled into a cohesive overwhelming story. Brutal, lovely, forbidding and wonderful, this is a novel for the ages. Just don't expect to leave it on the bedside table - this book will haunt you for a long long time. ~ Reviewed by James Case


Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781579656317
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Published: Artisan - May 2nd, 2017

This is my favorite cookbook of all time - not hyperbole, just a fact! McFadden breaks down his recipes into six seasons, and the book highlights a variety of different vegetables at their peak ripeness. Most of the recipes require only a handful of ingredients, often the same ones, and yet somehow result in a near endless variety of flavors. This book has been my constant cooking companion ever since it appeared, and its much-smudged pages will undoubtedly adorn our family's kitchen forever. An essential cookbook for anyone interested in simple, outstanding food. ~ Reviewed by James Case


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