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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Book From Tom Hooker

You’ll remember Tom Hooker from his two previous books, The Last Ice Age and the Leelanau Peninsula: Pleistocene and Lake Michigan and his first book of poetry, Silent Woods: Beyond the Blue Door.

Tom’s new book of poetry, The Catcher: Shadows to Light, once again offers reflections on the natural world and our life in it.

The Catcher: Shadows to Light
by Thomas H. Hooker
Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing (no connection to Dog Ears Books)
Paper, 143pp, $14.95

Friday, October 14, 2016

Retirement? What a Concept!

I just received copies of Bill Peace’s new book, and I love the subtitle. Just looking at the back cover, I see too that he offers advice I could easily live with, such as “Never eat what you don’t want to eat.” I’m not retired, but that’s my new vacation meal philosophy, and it worked out fine in September. I also like “Strive for excellence vs. perfection,” and I like that because, as my old friend Marcy once said in an office staff meeting, “Perfection is a moving target.”

Yes, I think this will be an inspiring book and a great gift to give at retirement parties. Not a tome that will take your entire retirement life to read – more something you’ll pick up and read in here and there, and then find yourself re-reading here and there as time goes by.

Retirement: The Surreal Life Adventure
by William D. Peace, Jr.
Traverse City: Mission Point Press, 2016
Paperback, 178pp, $14.95

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Trilogy Now Available as Gift Package

The third and final volume of Kathleen Stocking’s nonfiction trilogy came out this year, and now the author has packaged the three books together, for giving as a hostess gift, birthday or holiday present, or just a way of saying “I love you!” with books. At $19.95, $19.95, and $23.97, the three books purchased individually – Letters from the Leelanau; Lake Country; and The Long Arc of the Universe -- would total $63.87 plus tax, while in the gift ribbon they are priced together at only $50 plus tax, for a savings of $13.87.

Come buy the trilogy today or phone in your order for December.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Looking Ahead to Holidays

A new book from Bill O. Smith is available this season, certain to be one of this year's must-have Christmas books. What is happening at 4 a.m. on December 25? Bill’s gentle rhymes lead readers -- and children being read to -- around the world, through page after page of beautifully illustrations by artist Glenn Wolff.

Bill Smith of Traverse City is already well known in northern Michigan as the author of two earlier children’s books, Chickadees at Night and Chickadee Spirit (both of those books illustrated by Charles Murphy). Smith is donating all profits from sales of Four a.m. December 25 to veterans’ groups, specifically: Air Force Enlisted Village; Air Warriors Courage Foundation; Our Military Kids, Inc.; and Cherryland VFS Post 2780 Relief Fund.

Four a.m. December 25
by Bill O. Smith,
illustrated by Glenn Wolff
Sleepytime Press, hardcover, $19.95

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Inspiring Original Music -- Live!

Pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson, whose CDs I’ve been selling at Dog Ears Books since Aprilwill give a performance of contemporary classical music on November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church in Suttons Bay. Seating is limited, so get your tickets in advance.

Tickets are $15 each and available at the Business Helper, Leelanau Books, Dog Ears Books, and the Pennington Collection. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission to benefit their Parenting Communities Program. A reception will follow the performance.