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New Harper Lee Novel Announced!

Chills ran up and down my spine as I watched clips of people reading aloud from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The clips were aired with the huge announcement that there is a sequel, with a scheduled release date of July 14th. The sequel, written in the 1950’s, is called Go Set a Watchman….

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

  The Silkworm is the anticipated sequel to Robert Galbraith’s debut novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.   After the events of The Cuckoo’s Calling, detective and former Special Ops Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott are busy with lucrative clients. When author Owen Quine goes missing his wife hires Strike to find Quine, Strike finds…

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Tessa’s Book Recommendation: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Bestsellers come and go with hardly a glance from me. Occasionally I will pick one up, especially if it is science fiction or fantasy, and usually I find it a huge disappointment, as it will also be for any experienced readers. Books such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Ben Percy’s Red Moon, or Justin Cronin’s…

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Three YA Boarding School Books

I’ve been going through a huge E. Lockhart phase. She is a Young Adult (YA) writer who recently released the wildly popular We Were Liars. I devoured that book, I bought a copy for my niece for her birthday, and I started on a mission to read everything Lockhart has written. This is what brought…

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Tessa’s DVD Recommendation: Belle (2013; Rated PG)

Feature Films with Food at Carnegie watched a sleeper this week! And I mean that in the nicest possible way, the film industry’s meaning of “something that succeeds when no one thought it would.” Belle is based on the true story of an 18th century woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle. Belle was the daughter of…

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Tessa’s Nobel Prize Winner Rejection: Missing Person by Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for Literature this month, mainly for work he did “on the human identity” in the book, Rue des Boutiques Obscures, which translated is, Missing Person in English. I just don’t see the reasoning behind this award.The story is an endless dull grind of Guy Roland looking, searching, for his…

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Tessa’s Famous Author Recommendation: Langston Hughes

Short stories and poetry are both pretty alien to me, outside of my college years, since it is rare for me to like them. Knowing that there are exceptions to any generality, I occasionally take a quick look at something passing across my desk. Last month I withdrew a worn-out collection of Langston Hughes’ short…

Tessa’s Recommendation: Easy Reading Off-Planet Romances for the SciFi fan!

Feel like you need some easy reading time? Then join me on the fascinating future planet of Harmony, discovered through and between Jayne Ann Krentz different series and pen names! This famous and best-selling author has been writing since 1979, usually with a paranormal twist to her romances. Around the turn of the millennium she…

5 Healthy Towns Recipes — Return of the Salsa King

It was 5 Healthy Towns time again in Grass Lake! Brad West gave us a variety of fiery and sweet salsas to sample. Next month’s program is ‘Fall Fungi’ showing attendees how to harvest and prepare some fantastic fall ‘shrooms. Reservations are required; please call the Grass Lake Branch at (517)522-8211 or email grasslake@myjdl.com to…

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Tessa’s DVD Dis: A birder’s guide to everything

The new release DVD A birder’s guide to everything was missed by most people when it was in theaters for a couple months. That’s probably just as well. This pic should be missed. Even though reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes seem to like it, I simply can’t agree. This is a movie about a father-son relationship…