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Todd Mercer, Book Reviewer

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Prairie Crossing

by Todd Mercer

On the edge of the desolate Staked Plain of west Texas around 1880 a preternaturally precocious toddler named Maggie Teague “could do what a lot of them still hadn’t mastered.” Two-year-old Maggie can read an amazing fact that... Read More

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Walk With a Wolf/Old Coyote

by Todd Mercer

For children, Candlewick Press offers a pair of picture books on canid behavior. Walk With a Wolf, written by Janni Howker and illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies (978-0-7636-3875-7), includes a CD version read by Alan Marriott. The story in... Read More

Book Review

Bees

by Todd Mercer

Candace Savage uses lay terms to explain the complex communications, resource management, and division of labor of Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders (Greystone Books, 978-1-55365-321-9). Her approach follows the breakthroughs of leading... Read More

Book Review

The Southern Swamp Explorer

by Todd Mercer

From the bayous of Louisiana to subtropical Florida, the Deep South is vitally alive and full of surprises for the unprepared, some of them potentially deadly. Irene Brady, the writer and illustrator behind "The Southern Swamp Explorer"... Read More

Book Review

Ultimate Adventures

by Todd Mercer

Nearly two hundred outdoor adventures are rated on physical strength required, psychological toughness necessary, and the complexity of skills needed in Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel (Rough Guides,... Read More

Book Review

Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

by Todd Mercer

In 2007 and 2008 Robert Plant toured with bluegrass darling Alison Krauss, supporting the Grammy-winning album of duets, Raising Sand. But he used to run with another band who did pretty well for themselves. John Bream, music guru for... Read More

Book Review

Men Without Bliss

by Todd Mercer

The subjects of the stories of "Men Without Bliss" postpone satisfaction for a better year. Half of them are gay and half are straight, but there are almost no committed relationships of equals. Most work jobs which lack meaning;... Read More

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