Book Review: The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
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“The Ada Decades” by Paula Martinac
c.2017, Bywater Books    $15.95 / higher in Canada
165 pages

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Your grandmother used to warn you not to wish your life away. The years pass quickly enough, she said, so hold each minute. Savor what you have. Enjoy your days, months, years, and “The Ada Decades” by Paula Martinac.

Ada’s daddy needed help around the house.

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Book Review: The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die, by by Keith Payne

By Terri Schichenmeyer
The Bookwork Sez

“The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” by Keith Payne
c.2017, Viking  $28.00 / $37.00 Canada
246 pages

He got more.

There was a time in your life when just noticing that was reason to throw a tantrum. It was enough to make any adult near you want to run away. But now that you’re all grown up, “He got more” means more – and in the new book “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne, you’ll see how it might affect your life.

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Book Review: The Weekend Effect, by Katrina Onstad

By Terri Schlichenmeyer
The Bookworm Sez

“The Weekend Effect” by Katrina Onstad
c.2017, HarperOne
$25.99 / $31.99 Canada  304 pages


That was the sound of your last weekend as it passed by, but it probably doesn’t matter anyhow: it was packed with work, To-Dos and obligations, kid’s sports, and more work. Sometimes, you wonder why you even bother. You might as well just go to the office – but first, read “The Weekend Effect” by Katrina Onstad before you zip out Friday afternoon.

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Book Review: Beartown, by Frederik Backman

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Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Beartown: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
c.2017, Atria $26.99 418 pages hardcover
c.2017, Simon & Schuster $24.99 Canada 336 pages paperback

As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win. And win. The competition is… well, there really isn’t much competition but, as in the new book “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman, trouble may come from within.

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Some Spring Fiction and Non-Fiction Picks from The Bookworm

A few times a year our intrepid book reviewer Terri Schlichenmeyer provides a dizzying list of book suggestions in several categories. Here are just eight fiction and non-fiction picks for that downtime between spring cleaning and summer. – Mark/Editor

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Terri Schlichenmeyer

The pile of holiday cards has finally been dispensed. They’ve been sitting in a lump on the counter for months, and you just now got around to sorting them. Some were too beautiful to let go; others had messages you wanted to save, some had addresses you needed, a couple pictures fell on your lap, and you also found at least one gift card for a bookstore. Uh oh. Is it still good? Probably, yes. So why not go look for one of these great books?

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Book Review: The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, by Adrian Miller

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Terri Schlichenmeyer

“The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller
c.2017, The University of North Carolina Press
$30.00 / $49.00 Canada  261 pages

Eight courses.

You seriously doubted if the food was ever going to stop coming, though you hoped it wouldn’t: you’d tasted all your favorite dishes, and then some. It was a meal fit for a King or Queen. Or maybe a president, and in “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller, you’ll read about First Family feasts.

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Book Review: This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel

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Terri Schlichenmeyer

“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel
c.2017, Flatiron Books
$25.99 / $26.99 Canada 329 pages

You must not tell.

You cannot breathe a word to anyone who doesn’t already know. That Which Cannot Be Spoken must remain buried, put away, frozen, lips sealed, or in the closet. You cannot tell because, as in the new novel “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel, secrets change everything.

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