Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Nov. Newspaper column

November 2012 column

My sister Mary Funk and I enjoyed being craft vendors at the Maple Leaf Festival in October. It was a productive but long day. We call our selves “Two Sisters Recycled”. I will be closed on November 17th, going to a craft show at Carver Elementary School, in Neosho. Come see all the crafts for sale in time for Christmas. Buying local made items helps our community.

I would like to make one correction for my column last month. The Prairie Jubilee that I attended at Prairie State Park in October is held every other year, not annually.
While I was there I met a young man who lives in Columbia Mo and is the photographer for an amazing book that I will review this month. His name is Noppadol Paothong and he has won many awards for his wildlife photography.
I have one of his books in my book store here in Granby. Please come in and see it. It would make a beautiful Christmas gift. If I can get enough interest I will order some more from him. You will not find this book on Amazon.
Save The Last Dance
A story of North American Grassland Grouse
Photos by
Nappadol Paothong
Written by Joel M. Vance

What a beautiful book. This is one you would be proud to have on your coffee table and a delight to read. The photography is amazing with large color photos of the grouse, most commonly called the prairie chicken.
Mr. Paothong has made a long journey from his homeland of Thailand as a student to end up here in Missouri with a full time job as wildlife photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He previously worked as a photo journalist at the Joplin Globe.
He spend hundreds of hours in photo blinds to capture the native grouse with impressive results. The story with the book tells of the disappearing beautiful birds and their shrinking habitat. This book will inspire you to see the beauty and help preserve what we have.

The Weight of Silence
Heather Gudenkauf
Callie is a seven year old selective mute. Petra is Callie's best friend and acts as Callie's voice. The two girls go missing in the middle of the night and from there the story takes you on many twist and turns while their parents and police look for them. It will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end.
The book is told from many different points of views that switch off throughout it. I liked this because you got a glimpse as to what each person was going through and how they saw the events that played out. Their voices tell their stories both present and past. But will the trauma that caused Callie to stop talking be discovered in time to save the girls.
I enjoyed the book, and its bittersweet ending, and would definitely recommend it.

Feature Author for November

My feature author for this month is Nora Roberts, born in 1950. She has written more than 200 romance novels and also writes a series of mystery novels under the name J.D. Robb. At least 11 of her novels have been made into movies. She is usually my “go to” author when I don't know what I want to read. So for November I will offer $1.00 off any of her novels.

Thought for the day: A synonym is a word you use if you can't spell the other one.

Dorothy Cliff is the owner of Read Again Book Exchange in Granby.

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