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Welcome to Dick's Book Picks!

Among many hobbies that people enjoy are picking up a good book!  The problem is picking the right book.  "A Good Book" is a very subjective thing, since people's interests are so varied.  Some prefer sci-fi, some like a good murder mystery, others like a good romance or historical novel, while others prefer non-fiction.  Here you will find some interesting titles complete with Dick's reviews.  Then it's up to you to decide!

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About Dick:

Born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis,  Dick Solem went to Edison High for 2 years and transferred to Osseo High in Osseo, MN.

After graduating from high school, Dick went to the University of Minnesota.  Married right after graduating from the U, Dick and his new bride, Colleen, traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin a 3 year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force.  After a stint in Japan, Dick left the Air Force.  He and his wife returned to Minnesota where he started a 25 year career in the Life Insurance industry.  During that time, his family grew. His 3 children all have had successful careers.  After retiring from the Life Insurance industry, Dick assisted in establishing a successful advertising agency in the Twin Cities Metro area. 
Besides being an avid reader, Dick has spent a lifetime as a collector.  For the past 25 years, he's had a "love affair" with English Toby Jugs and his collection presently has over 450 pieces.


Dick's Featured Book Review:
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

Plum’s the name, and fugitive apprehension is the game.  Some call it skip tracing or even bounty hunting.  Regardless of the name; Janet Evanovich has written twenty or more Stephanie Plum novels, so has pretty much covered the field.

“Notorious Nineteen” is a fun and funny book.  Questionably funny, considering the dark nature of the material.  But what’s not funny about a grandma with an evil eye?  Or how about a giant albino partnered with a gutsy dwarf?  Anyway, things didn’t really get going until one of the skippers landed in the hospital for surgery and then disappeared.  Wait---two more did the same?? OK---what does it mean?  Perhaps it has something to do with some embezzled millions in gold??  Or, something much more sinister?  Think dead bodies, and grave digging.  And other options present themselves also, so read the book, and enjoy!! 

 Janet Evanovich is a number one New York Times bestseller, with numerous awards, including the prestigious John Creasey Memorial.