Author: Terri Schlichenmeyer

“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs c.2017, Simon & Schuster $27.00 / $36.00 Canada 338 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The woman in the cubicle next to yours is a real piece of work. No tidbit is too small for gossiping. Unsolicited advice is her expertise, and she seems to think complaints are in her job description. Ugh, she’s so hard to work with but be aware. As you’ll see in the new book “It’s All Relative” by A.J. Jacobs, she’s probably related to you. And so is everyone else, says...

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“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann

“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann c.2017, Atria $26.00 / $35.00  Canada 378 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Alakazam. Watch closely and see before – poof! – the hidden object is gone. Abracadabra, it reappears right in front of you. You know it’s all an illusion. The hand really is quicker than the eye but, as in the new novel “The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann, the spell may take several decades. Max Cohn’s best friend, Joey, knew all about the problem. He’d been through his own parents’ divorce and so Joey told Max how things would go down at home. Sadly,...

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“Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller

“Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller c.2017, Wm. Morrow $25.99 / $31.99 Canada 371 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Packing stinks. Wrapping up all your things, cushioning breakables, putting things where you won’t find them for months. Ugh. Is it worth it to have a new home? A new life?  As in “Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller, is the sacrifice worth a new beginning you’re not sure you want? She loved him so. Looking at her husband, Charles, Caroline Ingalls saw the light in his face as he spoke. She knew he’d heard that the...

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“Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy’s Reflections on Water” by Jerry Apps

“Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy’s Reflections on Water” by Jerry Apps c.2017, Wisconsin Historical Society Press $22.95 / higher in Canada 145 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your eyes are on the forecast. Depending on what it says, you’ll either approve or scowl. You don’t want your plans ruined but here’s the thing: you know that weather changes and you can’t do anything about it anyhow. So read the new book “Never Curse the Rain” by Jerry Apps, and learn to appreciate what comes from the skies. Growing up on a farm in north central Wisconsin...

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“What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear” by Danielle Ofri, MD

“What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear” by Danielle Ofri, MD c.2017, Beacon Press $24.95 / $33.95 Canada 242 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The examination wasn’t bad. The idea of it, perhaps, was worse. Your doctor took your vitals, looked in your mouth, felt around your jaw, and thumped your back. He asked questions, you answered, got down from the table, got dressed, and got your prescription. In and out in fifteen minutes but what just happened?  After reading the new book “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear” by Danielle Ofri, MD, the answer may be “not enough.”...

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