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Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund

We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
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Quick Strength for Runners: 8 Weeks to a Better Runner's Body by Jeff Horowitz
Quick Strength for Runners: 8 Weeks to a Better Runner's Body

Leanne in MT, May 12, 2014

This book provides a great sequence of workouts and specific instructions for each exercise so you can improve your body strength. The author presents the reasoning behind each workout and spells out how to continue with the book after you work through the first 8 weeks of exercises. It is also nice that you do not need much equipment to do these. Most are body weight or stability/ balance exercises using small free weights. Since the exercises are organized by body region/ target area, you can also develop your own exercise progressions.
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Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table by Jenny Rosenstrach
Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table

Leanne in MT, March 6, 2013

This is a wonderful read as well as a great source for kid-friendly recipes. My own children are a little past the toddler age (we are pre-teen now), but the stories of Jenny's early parenthood dinner experiences were a real flashback for me. The sections on the "non-cook" and "heart-sinkers" still ring true for me. Unfortunately, if the family all sits down and then I notice that no one got the milk out; I just slump a little, and it made me smile that I am not the only one. Thanks Jenny! Oh, and the black bean and avocado salad is Amazing!
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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Lies of Locke Lamora

Leanne in MT, July 25, 2012

The character of Locke is someone who grows on you until you are just on the edge of your seat trying to will him to convince his next mark, or beat his next opponent. The web of thieves and nobility and their respective blind spots are manipulated by Locke and the rest of the Gentleman Bastards with deft precision and without malice. This is the trait that makes Locke and his crew so easy to cheer for. That and the extent of their training, their pride in their work, and their camaraderie. When Locke's intricate plan to dupe the Don and Dona attracts the attention of another more sinister thief, things get even more complicated, and the final run of events is a real page-turning sprint. I had convinced myself that the author could not possibly finish the story with the pages remaining, but not only did Scott Lynch finish it, he finished it with style and with no loose ends or disappointing shortcuts. I would love to read about Locke and Jean's further adventures!
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Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run by Kristin Armstrong
Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

Leanne in MT, January 2, 2012

Wonderful essays on running and how it supports a life and the people in it. The writing is nicely conversational without being preachy, and Ms. Armstrong really hits on some of the reasons why we run and how valuable running can be as a physical and mental exercise. I also appreciated how she worked in motherhood and some of the classic trials and tribulation that are so funny when we hear them, but are maybe not so funny when we are "in the moment"- lots of connections there. Ms. Armstrong is able to laugh at herself, and I laughed with her and often nodded in agreement. A book I will read again, I am sure.
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