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Empire Falls

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ISBN: 9780375726408
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2002

Set in a small town of the same name in central Maine, it is vintage Russo, filled with unique and utterly believable characters living unique and utterly believable lives. Their individual stories, which Russo deftly weaves into the bigger story of a hobbled industrial town, will captivate readers. Russo is simply a master at developing characters. You will not want to depart from these people. Empire Falls is a lengthy and flat-out astonishing novel that you will sink your teeth into and refuse to let go until you turn the last page. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307335951
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Published: Broadway Books - June 26th, 2007

In 1953 William Willis built a raft out of balsa logs and sailed from Peru to Pago Pago. Thrill seekers like this may be a dime a dozen today but not so sixty years ago. Willis's trip was also unordinary considering he was sixty years old when he did it. And then he did it again. When he was 70. Only the second time he sailed from Peru to Australia. Willis built his rafts on the cheap, made inadequate preparations, and took insufficient provisions and somehow managed to arrive in port not dead. Pearson's first work of non-fiction will delight his fans and win new ones. Both hilarious and nail-biting, Seaworthy is very very worthy. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Road

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ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

A novel about the worst thing that could happen--nuclear holocaust--is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. This is a masterpiece of unspeakable horror and unbearable love. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Pork and Sons

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ISBN: 9780714847900
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Published: Phaidon Press - April 1st, 2007

Stephane Reynaud, chef/owner of Villa 9 Trois near Paris, has always been fascinated by pigs. His grandfather was the local butcher in his small hometown of Saint-Agreve. The allure and tradition of fresh pork translates beautifully and tantalizingly in Pork and Sons, his new cookbook just out from the publisher of the Silver Spoon. There are 150 pork recipes (that is correct-just pork) in this comprehensive and beautifully designed one-of-a-kind cookbook. From the simplicity of a club sandwich to various roasts, chops and pates to recipes for wild boar, Pork and Sons, is a bountiful addition to any meat lover's cookbook collection. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781565125605
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2007

The next best thing to running away with the circus is reading a great novel about it. This is one ripping good story full of great characters and one elephant who understands only Polish. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Big Coal : The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future

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ISBN: 9780618872244
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Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2007

This is a fascinating history, political analysis and warning about an industry we cannot live without. While many still regard coal as the future of America's power plants, its benefits come at a great cost. Goodell is an excellent writer whose energetic prose makes this rock and the people who take it out of the ground come alive on the page.


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