By the Way by John Toren
essays on books and life, music, birds, gardening, food, firewood, and the great outdoors

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“By the Way,” as its title suggests, is a kind of conversation between the reader and a wide-ranging, lighthearted companion.
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In By the Way, John Toren offers an eclectic portrait of modern life in essays ranging in subject from river-running to pre-Columbian astronomy, with stops along the way at a World Press conclave, a naturalists' convention, a concert pianist's master class, a booksellers' trade show, and a Louisiana crayfish festival. In one essay he reflects on the advisability of accumulating books, in another he reports on the goings-on at an ice-shanty village. Whether it's analyzing the challenges of buying firewood from itinerant merchants or parsing the distinction between the absurd and the impossible, there's something for everyone in this wide-ranging, thoughtful collection
 

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In the course of a long career in the book business, John Toren has edited and designed scores of books, reviewed many, and written three or four. His articles have appeared in a range of publications including The History Channel Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Milwaukee Sentinel, Twin Cities Magazine, and the Minneapolis Observer. He holds degrees in history and anthropology from the University of Minnesota and occasionally teaches a course in geography in its LearningLife program. He also writes and publishes his own quarterly magazine, Macaroni now in its 104th issue. It received an Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence in 2007.
 
Published October 3, 2013 by Nodin Press. 235 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Chuck Leddy on Jun 21 2013

“By the Way,” as its title suggests, is a kind of conversation between the reader and a wide-ranging, lighthearted companion.

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