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On August 25th, America’s National Parks celebrate their birthday, and as a celebration entry fees are waived! It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of some of the best places our country has to offer. Sweeping views, poignant history, and crystal lakes and seashores – the parks really have it all. Here are some books to make you feel like you’re there if you can’t make it to a park on the 25th. Lassoing the Sun: A Year in...

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been in love with stories and the different mediums used to tell them. Be it by listening to the enthusiastic voice of a storyteller in class, letting my imagination go wild while reading a book I just happened to stumble upon in the library, or watching how the addition of music, scenes, and editing is used to show a new perspective when it comes to conveying a story through a big movie screen. It wasn’t...

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You know summer’s here when the shades become non-negotiable and Starbucks put out an exotic seasonal menu. It’s like a switch has flipped, and suddenly everyone’s wearing shorts and flip flops, regardless of whether the sun’s out. Summer means no school, holidays, road trips, beach days or just some good old-fashioned putting your feet up. Bibliophiles, you are in luck because it’s warm enough to take your books outside and claim...

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New England is famous for its leaves in Autumn, but in my opinion there is no better season than summer. It’s warm, but not too hot. It’s a quick drive to go between the beach and the mountains. Seafood shacks and ice cream stands abound. In full disclosure I grew up there, so I’m biased. However I haven’t lived there in almost 20 years, and I still make sure to go back every July. Whether you’re going to New England this summer, or...

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Fredrik Backman is unable to give a short answer. He knows this, and I appreciate that! When his publicist said he had time for one last quick questions, and specified “one quick question, Fredrik,” he replied that no matter how quick the question, he could easily come up with a very long answer! This self-awareness made for a very entertaining author event at Powell’s on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The event began with Backman engaging in...

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One of the best parts of traveling is reading books set in the place where you’ll be going! This summer I’ll be highlighting three travel destinations and recommending books that you should read before you go, while you’re there, or even if you’re just dreaming of going. My first reading destination is Italy, a place I’ve never been. It’s been on my travel wish list forever, though. I’d love to spend a month exploring the beaches of...

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