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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.

Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781335630988
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 12th, 2021

A winsome blend of reality and the supernatural, head and heart, and the present and the past. These elegant, interconnected tales nimbly and unexpectedly impart emotional satisfaction that lingers long after the cafe's coffee gets cold. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Three Pianos: A Memoir by Andrew McMahon - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781648960208
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 26th, 2021

Lyrical, dizzying memoir of a gifted musician's many highs and lows. Road trips, family, friends, bandmates, drugs, disease, booze, relationships, tours, and concerts scatter McMahon's attention and complicate his life. Through it all, his sole solace awaits: his piano. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Carry the Dog by Stephanie Gangi - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781643751276
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 2nd, 2021

Nearing 60, once traumatized by an emotionally abusive mother, still patronized by her two-time former husband, and constantly puffing herself up through alcohol, cigarettes, and her wardrobe, Bea Seger is at a crossroads. When circumstances related to her past surface, she must finally try to overcome that past, and find her own value. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan - Book Review

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

A beautiful book about a decent, but troubled, man raising his family in Ireland in 1985. Bill Furlong, haunted by his past and feeling unease about his life, suddenly and unexpectedly encounters grave circumstances that afford him a chance to release his personal distress while awakening, and opening, his heart. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Cat Who Saved Books: A Novel by Sosuke Natsukawa - Book Review

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By Sosuke Natsukawa, Louise Heal Kawai (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780063095724
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Published: HarperVia - December 7th, 2021

A charmer from start to finish. A lonely High School boy who inherited his late grandfather's used bookshop is visited by a talking cat who leads him through strange labyrinths where books are in dire need of salvation. And, guess what? When books are saved, so are we. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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