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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.

After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How to Fix It by Will Bunch - Book Review

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After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How to Fix It By Will Bunch Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063076990
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Published: William Morrow - August 2nd, 2022

Decades ago, academic and political forces altered the American college purpose from a public good to a private benefit. Bunch persuasively details how the skyrocketing cost of college, its associated student debt, and the animosity toward college from a wide segment of the public helped fuel the harsh divisions in America today. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Family Outing: A Memoir by Jessi Hempel - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063079014
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Published: HarperOne - October 4th, 2022

The whole Hempel family stops being repressed. But it takes a long time. Jessi Hempel's self-absorption and dizzying number of flings are balanced by a growing interest in her parents and siblings, all of whom embark on rocky roads to self-realization. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko Oyamada - Book Review

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Weasels in the Attic By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811231183
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Published: New Directions - October 4th, 2022

Inventive, interlocked tales where, through the exploits of fish and weasels, themes of relationships and parenthood in modern Japan surreally emerge. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Baron Bagge by Alexander Lernet-Holenia - Book Review

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Baron Bagge By Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Clara & Richard Winston (Translated by) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811234450
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Published: New Directions - October 4th, 2022

A strange, startling waking dream formed in the midst of war. When a futile, deadly cavalry charge is repulsed on a bridge, Baron Bagge seems to spend days in a lively, crowded, constantly partying town where he meets the love of his life, the enemy is laughed away, and it all seems so astonishingly real. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America by John Wood Sweet - Book Review

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The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America By John Wood Sweet Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250761965
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 19th, 2022

A 1793 date rape in New York City brought to meticulous life. The 17-year old victim did something unheard of: she pressed charges against the assailant. Her story, and the city itself. are intimately detailed, and the heavily patriarchal 18th Century culture disturbingly resonates today. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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