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The Snow Globe

A Bounty of Beach Reads

Just Some Thoughts...

So here we are in the second half of summer, beginning that too-quick slide toward Labor Day. My husband & I spent the first half of the season looking for kayaks, and plan on spending the next few months using them to explore this beautiful area of ours. While this edition of the newsletter is all about cool books for the front porch/beach, I'd also like to offer a reminder to go out and have fun. Don't forget to be a tourist in your own backyard. Because we're a vacation destination, damnit - folks travel great distances to visit the U.P. It's the highlight of their year, and we're lucky enough to live right smack dab in the middle of it. So go for a hike, a paddle, a swim, then come home and have a beer on the deck and read a book. With your citronella candle close by, of course. It may be beautiful up here, but the mosquito is still the state bird.

From the Corner of the Oval

by Beck Dorey-Stein

A rare, raw reveal from an insider’s experience as a presidential stenographer for the Obama Administration who dreams of being a writer. This memoir is bulging with interesting, intimate details; from the President’s daily treadmill routine, to an impromptu stop at Stonehenge. (While posing for photos with a family of tourists he exclaims, “How cool is this?”) She really likes him, but with an earnest respect. Dorey-Stein also shares herself. Highly personal, suspenseful relationships are formed as part of this intimate Oval Office family. Let’s hope for “Jason’s” sake that names were changed to protect the not so innocent. He’s an unlikeable jerk. Beck is not perfect. But now she’s a writer. She’s a good writer. ~ Jen

Just Because it Looks Hilarious...

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic.

Bedlam Stacks

by Natasha Pulley


Strap on your backpack and grab your machete for a trek into the strange and dangerous Peruvian rainforest. Former East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne has to journey deep into the jungle in order to find quinine—the only cure for malaria, which is currently ravaging India.


This book is a fantastic combination of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and his Lost World. Melding fascinating historical fiction and intriguing magical realism, Pulley has written a book that is almost guaranteed to keep your attention regardless of who you are. ~ Ezra


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