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Leaving the OCD Circus

by Kirsten Pagacz
Monday, January 9, 2017

Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing


Kirsten Pagacz, local business owner of Retro-A-Go-Go here in Howell, gives an unflinching account of living with undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for over 20 years.

Never having heard of OCD until her early 30s, Kirsten was a slave to the demanding Sergeant-turned-merciless, wild Monkey that was her OCD starting at the young age of nine years old.

Suffering in silence, hiding the anxiety and fear that was her constant companion, Kirsten fell into the increasingly desperate cycle of obsessions and compulsions, seeking escape in the...

Pogue's Basics: Money

by David Pogue
Friday, January 6, 2017

Are you looking for ways to save money?  Then check out this book!  It is filled with 150 tips on how you can save money on all sorts of things; like which credit card to use, how to lower your cable bill, how to save money when traveling and how to cash those old savings bonds that you don't have the certificate for anymore.  I really enjoyed the different websites Pogue suggest you check out for further savings. All in all, a great little book I'm sure you'll find something you can use in.  Check it out today!


Three Sisters, Three Queens

by Philippa Gregory
Friday, December 30, 2016

This story of Margaret Tudor, the quintessential English Princess of her time, and the often tumultuous relationship she shares with her siblings as she fulfills her predestine duty to be the wife of King James the IV of Scotland. 

Margaret Tudor is the narrator of this book, and when we meet her she’s a young girl of ten who worships older brother, Arthur Tudor Prince of Wales and is annoyed by the spoiled, childish antics of younger brother, Henry.  Mary Tudor, the youngest of the bunch, is a beautiful, carefree child still in the nursery and the sister of Margaret’s heart.  However, when Katherine of Aragon arrives at...

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Friday, December 30, 2016

Written as a series of letters to his teenage son, Coates writes this thoughtful memoir addressing race and how it has shaped America.   It moves from his  youthful tough Baltimore neighborhood through Howard University and on to New York and Paris.  It follows his evolution of thinking on race from the influences of Malcom X & James Baldwin to current events.  He describes the systematic violence against blacks in America and makes a case that race itself is a fabrication made by whites who see themselves as “exceptional”.  Coates is an award-winning writer who is frank, insightful and original.   He...

Berry the Hatchet

by Peg Cochran
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter can be a quiet time in the small town of Cranberry Cove near the shores of Lake Michigan. With the tourists long gone and the holidays over, it may be a little too quiet. So the mayor, Preston Crowley comes up with the idea of having a Winter Walk – a festival of sorts that will light up the downtown businesses and boost the local economy. Snow begins to fall just in time for the grand kick-off event which is to be heralded by the arrival of the mayor and the Winter Walk Queen by horse-drawn sleigh.  But the picture postcard scene is disturbed when, several minutes ahead of schedule, the horse and sleigh races down Main Street - minus the...


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