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Mike Hare - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

Mike is an avid reader of History, Politics, Art, Literature, and Poetry. Plays the piano, tennis, and chess with varying degrees of accomplishment. Especially enjoys Saratoga, its bucolic surroundings, and its proximity to urban centers.

My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song by Emily Bingham - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525520795
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Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2022

Full-voiced takedown of a song of the south, written by a man who barely left the north, but did leave his wife, became an alcoholic, and died young and penniless. Bingham disdains the canonization of Stephen Foster, and despairs that his richly melodic tune's lyrics have disquieted racial harmony. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings (Modern Library Torchbearers) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Book Review

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By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Halle Butler (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780593231258
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Published: Modern Library - March 2nd, 2021

With shocking immediacy, Gilman delves into the deepest dungeons of a mind coming unglued. The narrator's misplaced fidelity to her husband and her increased isolation create a brittle tension that make her panicked descent into madness as inevitable as it is unforgettable. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


How We Live Is How We Die by Pema Chödrön - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781611809244
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Published: Shambhala - October 4th, 2022

Nearing the end of her life, Chodron offers profound insight to assist our own passage. The benefits of accepting the release from ego, the interconnectedness of all forms of life, and the inevitability of change are lucidly, and lovingly, expressed. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Riding The Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic by Anthony Almojera - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780358652908
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Published: Mariner Books - June 7th, 2022

Searing, brutally honest account of Almojera's experience as a Brooklyn paramedic in the first year of Covid. Almojera reveals the frequent horror of his job, and his anger at the stifling political and bureaucratic apparatus that made his work even more challenging. Yet, his book is a testament to the valor of those on the front lines,and a memorial to those who perished. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509592
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Published: Random House - October 18th, 2022

Impeccably crafted stories of characters striving, with varying success, to form a valid connection with family, strangers, the world at large, or themselves. Even the gruesomely realistic and strange science fiction tales are laced with humor, and with his precise language, Saunders again proves his mastery of the short story. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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