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NONFICTION Other People: Takes and Mistakes By David Shields Knopf 369 pages, $28.96 David Shields, at 60, is one of America's most accomplished and best writers. The trouble is that his books arrive in a vehemently, almost angrily unclassifiable form. As brilliant and joyously readable as they are, they evade all established ideas of literary genre. F…

FICTION The Typewriter’s Tale By Michiel Heyns St. Martin’s Press 288 pages   $25.99 Before reading the novel, “The Typewriter’s Tale”, by South African Michiel Heyns (1943 - ), it would be helpful to remember Henry James (1843 – 1916). James was the American-born British resident who was known for novels featuring his characters’ point of…

NONFICTION Pretend I'm Not Here: How I Worked with Three Newspaper Icons, One Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the Washington Swamp By Barbara Feinman Todd William Morrow/HarperCollins 304 pages, $27.99 Barbara Feinman Todd learned journalism from the best -- and the worst, ethically speaking -- and shines up her literary finesse a…

A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories By Will Eisner, introduction by Scott McCloud, Norton, 180 pages, $25.95 It is generally thought that the great comics master Will Eisner invented the graphic novel in 1978 with this book. Here, from the introduction by Scott McCloud, is his description of the current condition of his original copy of the "modest" paperback…

Recent issues of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens have landed on my desk, and I have no intention of sharing them. Why? Because both magazine covers are bursting with blooms – gorgeous flowers in pink, peach, purple, coral and yellow. I just love looking at them. Inside Country Living, the April issue, I find an article on repurposing old items as vessels…

Gardeners are eager for spring, no doubt, but we must restrain our impulses to uncover the plants, pull back the mulch, and walk around the garden. You do not have to tie yourself to the living room chair, however. Some early yard and garden tasks and preparations are best done in March and many people miss the moment. Let’s get going on the early season planning and …

Patricia Hudson and her daughter, Alexis, spent part of Valentine's Day evening together in a Christian meditation and yoga class. Hudson, 42, amped up her workouts last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She added yoga classes when her church parish, St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, began offering them last fall in the St. Mary's Elementary School…

East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear. The annual cold potluck salad luncheon will be followed by the installation of officers. Guests welcome.  For meeting or club information call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Kenmore Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Banchetti by Riz…

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perry of the Town of Tonawanda will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a party given by their children April 2 for family and friends. Mr. Perry and the former Carolyn Rizzo, who were high school sweethearts growing up on the West Side, were married Feb. 4, 1967, in Annunciation Church on Lafayette Avenue, currently named Our Lady of Hope. A…

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Szczepankiewicz of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a blessing at the Candlemas celebration at St. Casimir’s Church in South Buffalo, surrounded by their children, grandchildren and friends. St. Casimir’s was the location of the wedding of Gary Szczepankiewicz and the former Christine Barth on Feb. 4, 1967. He is a retired chem…

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene DeFabio of the Town of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at St. Amelia’s Catholic Church in Tonawanda, where DeFabio and the former Kathryn Noble were married on March 4, 1967. The couple also had a celebration at Classics V in Amherst. He retired after 38 years at the Chevrolet River Road plant, and she is a h…

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Weber of Tonawanda celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in their daughter’s home. Mr. Weber and Patricia Kasmore were married March 8, 1952, in St. Gerard Catholic Church, Buffalo. A Korean War veteran, he retired from work as a district manager for W.R. Grace & Co. She is a homemaker. They have three children and eight g…

Mr. and Mrs. Haidy Rietz of Cheektowaga celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Falletta’s Restaurant in Clarence with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Rietz and the former Christel Thiem were married Feb. 23, 1957, in Christ Lutheran Church at Broadway and Fox Street in Buffalo. He retired as a maintenance worker at Joseph Davis Inc. in Buffalo. …