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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.

Norwegian Wood (Vintage International) by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780375704024
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2000

Sophisticated coming-of-age story, chock-full of musical and literary references, where a young man struggles with the vagaries of life and the inevitability of death. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Baldwin's eloquent plea for racial justice, with its mix of erudition and memoir, set the template for hundreds of books, and is as trenchant and timely today as when it was written in 1963. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Squeeze Me: A novel by Carl Hiaasen - Book Review

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781524733452
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Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

While snakes slither in the shadows, Hiaasen gleefully skewers bumbling politicians, inane socialites, dim criminals, and what passes for Palm Beach culture in a tale as bright and hot as the Florida sun. While the super-rich focus on themselves, they ignore the snakes, who have huge appetites of their own. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell - Book Review

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By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Mrs. Bridge the character is a stultifyingly conventional upper-class American housewife in the 1930s and 40s. Mrs. Bridge the novel, told in brief, pithy episodes with humor, tenderness, wit, and poignancy, transforms that conventionality into timeless, lonely beauty. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

Engrossing and satisfying evocation of motherhood, class, privilege, adolescence, and how people with the best intentions may make harmful decisions. Ng seamlessly presents different points of view with subtlety, sympathy, and a refreshing lack of judgment. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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