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Field Guide to North American Truffles

Pros: Detailed guide to a little-known and lesser-understood area Cons: This is still a relatively new field in the US and thus there are yet many unknowns Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.  

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"Light of India," Warren Dotz

Pros: Fascinating historical and cultural perspective; amazing artwork Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   Warren Dotz’s Light of India: A conflagration of Indian matchbox art is a fascinating little gift or

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"The Princes of the Golden Cage," Nathalie Mallet

Pros: Fascinating premise and gripping plot; characters that grow Cons: Slow start, poor editing and annoying characters Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Night Shade Books.   The Princes of the Golden Cage is Nathalie Mallet’s debut

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"The Eat-Clean Diet," Tosca Reno

Pros: Enthusiasm; lists and guidelines; delicious recipes Cons: Can come across like a fad diet book at times Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc.   I admit, my first impression of The

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"Mocha," Michael Turback

Pros: Exquisite; delicious; unusual; adventurous; nifty informational tidbits; beautiful photos Cons: FATTENING; many drinks require espresso Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   I’m a sucker for good chocolate and coffee drinks, and I

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Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison

Pros: Entertaining and informative information on all sorts of natural oddities Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of The Countryman Press.   Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison And Other Urgent Inquiries into the Odd Nature of

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The Great Country Inns of America Cookbook

Pros: Delicious foods suitable for guests; wonderful tips for inns to explore; more than 400 recipes Cons: Tons of butter; no photos; some ambiguous directions Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of The Countryman Press.   The Great

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"Crusader Gold," David Gibbins

Pros: Lots of interesting history; interesting main characters Cons: Very poor pacing; inconsistent feel; one-dimensional villains; more murmuring?! Rating: 2 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Bantam Dell. Visit David Gibbins’s website.   I almost always write my own

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"Vintage Vermont Villainies," John Stark Bellamy II

Pros: Eerie, diabolical tales of old Vermont crimes Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of The Countryman Press.   As I grew up in Vermont and have long had a taste for the macabre, John Stark

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"The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business, Third Edition," Barbara Weltman

Pros: Plenty of business and legal information; lots of additional resources Cons: Somewhat dry Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Alpha Books.   These days who doesn’t want to work from home? It’s such an appealing notion:

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