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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Thursday, July 1, 2004

Helen Fieldings‘ off-the-wall Imagination

Books Nancy Sundstrom In general, book reviewers tend to gravitate toward and steer other readers on to works of quality, ones that merit a solid recommendation and are worth plunking down your hard-earned dollars for or giving up spare precious time to enjoy.
 
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Sex and the City for the Chick-lit Crowd

Books Nancy Sundstrom Marian Keyes is a talented, intelligent, prolific Irish novelist who, nearly single-handedly, has put the “lit” into chick-lit. Keyes’ books are chatty, charming and cheeky, and fairly crackle with killer one-liners and insightful observations about women, careers and relationships. Throw credibility and heart into the mix, and you’ve got works that completely engage while they entertain.
 
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Great Summer Beach Reads

Books Nancy Sundstrom We all have many reasons for looking forward (all year-long) to summer, and that‘s certainly the case if you love books.  Of course, there are always new “beach reads,“ but summertime also traditionally brings with it a number of paperback releases, works by new authors and eagerly-awaited titles.
 
Thursday, June 3, 2004

Medici Revisited: The Birth of Venus Prowls 15th Century Florence

Books Nancy Sundstrom BBC host, screenplay author and literary personality Sarah Dunant is one of Britain‘s most innovative suspense and travel writers, so critics and fans alike were holding their breath as they awaited release of her first historical novel earlier this spring.
 
Thursday, May 27, 2004

Destruction of the U.P.‘s Forests Inspired Jim Harrison‘s New Novel

Books Glen D. Young While it is true that you can take the writer out of Northern Michigan, it is equally accurate that you cannot take Northern Michigan out of the writer. So, it is with Jim Harrison, long time area resident, recent Montana transplant, and author of “True North,”
a new novel from Grove/Atlantic.
 
Thursday, May 27, 2004

Candyfreak: One Sweet Read

Books Nancy Sundstrom After a lifetime of responding to jokes about his last name, it was probably inevitable that Steve Almond should finally cave in and write an open love letter to the world of sweets in the form of “Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.“
 
Thursday, May 20, 2004

There‘s Nothing Amateurish About The Amateur Marriage

Books Nancy Sundstrom As a longtime fan of the gifted author Anne Tyler, I had very much been looking forward to reading her latest and 16th novel, “The Amateur Marriage,“ when it came out earlier this winter.  Just as the book was released, my own 25-year marriage came spiraling apart, and try as I might, I just couldn‘t seem to immerse myself in Tyler‘s tale of two people who love each other deeply but seem to be unable to live together – it simply cut too close to the bone.
 
Thursday, April 15, 2004

Minnow Al: An Untypical Fish Story Captures the Spirit of the Wilderness

Books Robert Downes When it comes to literature, the lone, wild places of the north have a way of piercing the heart and illuminating the souls of men in crisis, as demonstrated by such masters of the rod, the gun and the pen as Ernest Hemingway and Jim Harrison. Rough, unadorned tales of fishing in the great north woods make up a genrè that thrums with insight into the male psyche.
 
Thursday, April 8, 2004

Radio, Radio -- 40 Watts from Nowhere

Books Nancy Sundstrom Continuing with a trend that this reviewer has been particularly enjoying as of late, another engaging and entertaining memoir has surfaced The title is “40 Watts From Nowhere,“ and the author is Sue Carpenter, a feature writer for the Los Angeles Times and a senior contributor to Jane magazine., whose work has also appeared in such publications as George, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.
 
Thursday, April 1, 2004

A New York State of Mind

Books Nancy Sundstrom Readers worldwide have had a longstanding love affair with books about New York City, a trend that has shown no sign of diminishing in the recent years, thanks largely to the works of gifted authors like Don DeLilo, Richard Price and Tom Wolfe, to name just a few.
 
Thursday, March 25, 2004

Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, With Music

Books Nancy Sundstrom For writer Helene Stapinski (“Five Finger Discount“), there are a lot of
parallels between being in a relationship and being in a rock band. Hence
the title of her delightful and sometimes heartbreaking new memoir about
band life and marital problems, “Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, With
Music.“
 
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Is 15 Minutes of Fame So Five Minutes Ago?

Books Nancy Sundstrom The book‘s title intrigued me first, but once I‘d confirmed its subject matter, I just planned on sitting down and not getting up until I‘d finished it off.
 
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Getting to Know Handsome Harry

Books Nancy Sundstrom If you intend on picking up “Handsome Harry,“ the eighth novel from James C. Blake, then plan on spending some time with it. That doesn‘t mean it‚s a hefty read - more that it‘s one that you‚ll most likely have an extremely hard time putting down, especially if you‘re any sort of afficionado of crime novels.
 
Thursday, March 4, 2004

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by local author Samantha Abeel

Books Nancy Sundstrom Ten years ago, when Traverse City native Samantha Abeel was just 13-years-old, she collaborated with local artist Charles Murphy to create “Reach for the Moon,“ a stunning collection of evocative poetry accompanied by Murphy‘s beautiful and unique watercolors.
 
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Fraternity Hazing gets your Goat

Books Nancy Sundstrom With books like Augusten Burroughs‘ “Running With Scissors“ and James Frey‘s
“A Million Little Pieces,“ 2003 was a very good year for angst-ridden
memoirs by troubled young men who are also brilliant young writers.
 
 
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