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    Fourth of July Creek—A World Closing In »

    There is an urgency about Fourth of July Creek that makes it very difficult to set aside. That is a very impressive accomplishment for a first novel. Smith Henderson’s new book is also rich in atmosphere, having a majestic and largely unspoiled area of the country to draw from, and it is filled with characters […]

    Blood Trails—Jack the Ripper, Forgotten Victims »

    In the 126 years that have passed since that dark autumn in London, one question has remained paramount. Who was the person called Jack the Ripper? But, there is another question that is just as vital to the complete story: How many victims did the killer ultimately claim? Did the terror really begin on the […]

    Walnut Table with Leaves »

     This table started with an inquiry from a client about a ‘mid-century modern’ style table. She sent us the photo above from an antique dealer’s website and asked us to size it to suit the needs of her and her family and stain it a rich chocolaty brown.   Which led to the cad drawing above […]

    The Devil’s Workshop—Crime and Punishment »

    Anyone searching for a more sympathetic take on Jack the Ripper probably should avoid Alex Grecian’s new book, The Devil’s Workshop. You don’t acquire any warm and fuzzy notions about a good side, even if he does one or two surprisingly human things. Anyone searching for a novel chocked full of blood-letting and guilty pleasures […]

    Polar Bear Day and Stickers »

    February 27, 2014 was Polar Bear Day. And if you want to celebrate in a fun way grab Ice Bear by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Ilya Spirin. Once upon a time two polar bear cubs go outside with their mother. Guiberson and Spirin tell the story of how these three use claws, walk […]

    “Baby it’s cold outside!” »

    As the song goes, “Baby it’s cold outside!” But inside the Northshire Bookstore we have lots of books you can buy and take home to your warm, cozy abode! For the aged “toddler to about age 8″ (and of course, adults will enjoy too) some “picture books.”  While these books include many illustrations, they have […]

    Why We Make Things, and Why It Matters »

    Hmmmm … I think Peter Korn has been looking over my shoulder for the last 40 years … and, he has the way with words to get what he has been seeing down on paper so I can understand some of the things that flit through my brain just below my level of consciousness … […]

    A Cold Wind From the Mountains—The Frozen Dead »

    High up in the French Pyrenees there is a fortress that is called the Wargnier Institute. It houses the most dangerously unbalanced people on the continent; the ones who are so far beyond reclamation that no other asylums will accept them and so potentially lethal that even prisons can’t house them. Although no one has […]

    The Trouble With Magic is… »

    Ruth Chew was an author of my youthful reading and has found her way into my adult reading too. A few of her titles are now being reprinted with fresh covers but the text never grew old! The Trouble with Magic is one that has a classic feel for the modern age. Barbara and Rick […]

    Basque Style Chestnut Table »

    Well, this one started back in August.  The clients sent me photos of ‘an early 18th century “Basque style” farmhouse table and a link to Hastings Antiques where there were pictures and descriptions, and the ‘sold’ price, $ 18,000.  Not worrying to much about design copyrights, we set out and made the chestnut model above, […]

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