A Crime in the Neighborhood – Suzanne Berne

The first books of my 20 Books of Summer in 2020! I started it just before the kick off. It's one of the random buys I choose when bulk shopping at AbeBooks, for used bargain books. A habit I missed for months now thanks to lockdown. Our narrator is Marsha, she recalls the summer of …

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M Train – Patti Smith

'It's not easy writing about nothing' That's how Patti Smith starts her book. The words uttered by a cowpoke in her dream. A kind of challenge that she accepts. Before I proceed with the review bit, I need to make a small disclaimer. I have seen Patti Smith live on All Points East in 2018, …

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems – Randall Munroe

Another one of the accidental BookPeople buys. Sometimes I like a book that seems to be about nothing in particular. And this one looked like a good match. A book to stretch your mind and have some fun. Randall Munroe is a cartoonist and an engineer. The book combines both of his gifts seamlessly. With …

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Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan – Jonathan Manthorpe

I must admit I am a typical product of Western education, completely oblivious to almost all of Asia's history, but for the most momentous events. So when my Taiwanese-Canadian friend asked me what I would like to get for a 'not-so-secret' Santa I asked for a book about Taiwan. When she talks about the island's …

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The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac – Quotes

Japhy and I were kind of outlandish-looking on the campus in our old clothes in fact Japhy was considered an eccentric around the campus, which is the usual thing got campuses and college people to think whenever a real man appears on the scene - colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middle-class non-identity …

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