The graphic means that this book is one of the "Best of the Best." It may be a book that changed my life, or my thinking, or just one that has stuck with me as an outstanding example of a good read.
My reading style is a bit odd. Mostly I buy bags of used books and then read my way through them. But here are some reviews of books in some of my favorite categories. They are in no particular order. I get more responses from this section of my web site than any other, so I am expanding it and will try to add more than just my favorites. I rate the books on some subjective personal scale which others may find at least interesting, if not quite enlightening.
Disclaimer up front: I read 50-60 books a year, and consider maybe 10 of them really great. However, I'm such a book freak that I seldom find books that I consider below average. In fact, unless I get bored with a book, it will probably get 4 stars.
Lots of the books I read are out of print. Let me know if a review helps or interests you!
These book pages are under revision. Please be patient
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Links to places to buy books - checked 3/2010
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Major Booksellers Amazon has over 1,000,000 titles-- you can write reviews of books you've read and post them! They will help you find out-of print titles, and also has auctions where you can find used books.
Barnes & Noble eBay on-line Auction If you want a particular out-of-print book it will probably eventually turn up on eBay. I've found titles I've been looking for for years.
Alabris A good place to look for out of print and used books
Powells A good place to look for out of print and used books
Specialty Booksellers Geoscience Books The source for out-of-print and rare books in geology and related sciences.
The University of Minnesota Press says in their mission statement that they carry books of "exceptional scholarly quality and originality."
Books Leaving Footprints has a few books by the author of this page, including North Country Cache, the first book by a hiker of the North Country Trail.
Regional Books The Minnesota Historical Society home page which leads to their catalog with books and other info about Minnesota and other prairie states.
The Hope Farm Press & Bookshop is a publisher of New York regional history, folklore. nature, military history and genealogy Books.