Book Review: A Theory of Relativity

Arts & Culture, Books
Book Review: A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard Family ties can be forged in a multitude of ways. Many families are bound by genetics. Others come together through commitments and choices. Jacquelyn Mitchard’s moving novel, A Theory of Relativity, explores the often-complicated nature of family bonds and, through the story of one family’s incredible journey, shows us how family love and tragedy have equal power to change lives forever. The story opens with a tragedy so intense it’s almost unbearable to read. Gordon McKenna receives the news that his older sister, Georgia, and her husband, Ray Nye, have been killed in a car accident, leaving their one-year-old daughter Keefer an orphan. The McKenna and Nye families, reeling from the shock of losing Georgia and Ray, are now faced with…
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Book Review: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Arts & Culture, Books
A good baseball game can keep us on the edge of our seats. So can a good love story. Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding has both, along with a cast of well-drawn, fascinating characters. Together, these elements combine to keep readers eagerly turning the pages of this beautifully crafted bestselling first novel. Henry Skrimshander is a quiet kid from a no-name South Dakota town who has been unobtrusively developing into a supremely talented shortstop. One summer, while playing in an amateur league tournament, he catches the eye of Mike Schwartz, the catcher from an opposing team, who is also the captain of the baseball team at Westish College in Wisconsin. Mike sees Henry’s talent and orchestrates his admission into Westish. There, Henry’s life becomes intertwined with the lives of…
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Mobile Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic Comes to Detroit

Events, Life & Community
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the United States. The American Humane Association states that each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country, and nearly half of the animals in these shelters must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.  Stray and abandoned animals continue to be a problem everywhere, including in Detroit, because the number of animal births will always exceed the number of shelter spaces and homes. Fortunately, there is a solution. Spaying and neutering is recognized as the most cost-effective, quickest, and most humane way to bring an animal population down to manageable numbers. However,…
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Book Review: 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

Arts & Culture, Books
Craig Lancaster’s first novel, 600 Hours of Edward, is the engaging story of 600 hours (or 25 days) in the life of Edward Stanton, a 39-year-old resident of Billings, Montana. The title reflects a driving force in Edward’s personality and life: he likes to count. In fact, he counts and tracks many aspects of his humble existence in a tidy home in an unremarkable suburban neighborhood. He records his waking time each day, to the minute. He keeps track of weather data, recording each day’s high and low temperatures. Edward also eats the same thing for breakfast (cornflakes) and dinner (spaghetti), every day. Every night at the same time, he watches a recorded episode of the old television series Dragnet. He grocery shops at the same store, on the same…
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