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On the Shelf: The Widow's Season

I hadn’t planned on reading The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie. I wasn’t familiar with the author’s work, and the title wasn’t on the list of “books to be read” I’ve culled from magazine and newspaper reviews. So…what was the draw?

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On the Shelf: The Power of Small

The premise of The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval is a simple one. “We have become a nation of skimmers, our attention limited to sound bites, live video clips, and headlines,” they say, adding that, as a result, the small cues, the simple gestures, the random acts of kindness that give life texture and meaning are all too often overlooked or ignored.

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On the Shelf: The Whatchamacallit

In my other life, I’m a writer, and words are my business. You’ll understand, then, why I’ve so enjoyed perusing The Whatchamacallit by Danny Danziger and Mark McCrum, a humorous book offering the elusive names of 100 ordinary items.

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On the Shelf: Have a New Husband by Friday

Ladies, listen up! Whether you’ve been married for decades or, like me, you’re pursuing the possibilities of a new and exciting relationship, you’ll want to read Have a New Husband by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman.

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On the Shelf: Fodor’s Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada

In a few days, I’ll be leaving on a jet plane (and, yes, I know when I’ll be back again!).

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