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Reviewed by Sarah, 4/10/15
This is not one of Vonnegut’s best known titles, but it deserves just as much attention as Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, and any of the others. If you like stories about well-meaning people who do terrible things out of ignorance, this is it! What do I mean by terrible things? Try the boy narrator who fires a gun out his folk’s upstairs window as a celebration of his burgeoning manhood only to find that he just accidentally killed the pregnant neighbor lady, nailing her right between the eyes. Now he’s forever known to his community as “Deadeye Dick.” If this makes you laugh rather than cry, you’re a Vonnegut reader. The dark comedy of this novel is offset at times by a surprising warmth and gentleness regarding humanity. It’s as though Vonnegut is assessing all of our human fallibility and laughing with us at its absurdity. Essentially, this is some of the best fiction I’ve read and I’m a pretty persnickety reader.
Jean Chapman, 3/30/15 I love to read space opera. I really do. I just didn’t know it was called “space opera” until a few years ago. If you like the works of C. J. Cherryh, the Vorkosigan Saga by Bujold, the Honor Harrington books by Weber, or … [Continue reading]
Tuesday, April 28 6:30 PM at Portage District Library Nicolette Hahn Niman's new book, Defending Beef: The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher, describes how we can eat a more balanced diet and support a … [Continue reading]
At the Portage District Library: Bob Weir, author of Peace, Justice, Care of Earth; Bill Rose, President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Nature center; and Mike McMinn, owner of Treeology. Kazoo Books will be selling Bob Weir's books at the … [Continue reading]
Art Hop Exhibition Friday, May 1 5 - 8 PM at Parkview Gallery We're excited to welcome back Sally Stap to our store--this time, as an artist. Sally will present a beautiful collection of encaustic paintings (beeswax). Sally is also the author of … [Continue reading]
Reviewed by Nick, 2/27/15 I love reading books about how reading books can change your life. Author Andy Miller is closing in on 40 and feeling the pressure of working as a book editor while juggling his responsibilities as a husband and parent. He … [Continue reading]