Mike's Picks

Mike DeSanto is the owner of Phoenix Books. He's even been known to whip up an amazing cappuccino. He is also married to Renee Reiner, Phoenix's other owner. When he's not gardening, acting, or teaching chi running, he reads history and natural science books.

Being A Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz

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Mike D, owner Phoenix Books and pal of Beckett, the black lab.
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Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell By Alexandra Horowitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795997
Published: Scribner - October 4th, 2016

My dog pal, Beckett, and I are reading an advance copy of Being A Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, due out in October, in time for the holidays. Horowitz is the well known author of the NYTBS Inside of A Dog. This work covers the world of smell according to dogs and we are loving it. It has been a fascinating journey to discover how the world of the dog is informed and formed by the world of smell and the nose of the dog. This book is good for dog lover, owners, and the people who love the owners.

The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro

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As a work of historical fiction, Shapiro bases her story on the knowledge of how some great forgers-John Myatt, Ely Sakhai and Han van Meegen fooled great museums and famous collectors. She crafts a thriller worth reading. She makes readers ponder the authenticity of a piece of art when experts are loath to reveal that they have been duped.
The Art Forger: A Novel By B. A. Shapiro Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616201326
Published: Algonquin Books - October 23rd, 2012