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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: 
The Ferguson Rifle by Louis L'Amour

Considered by many to be the greatest western writer of them all, Louis L’Amour has written more than 400 short stories and novels, with millions in print at any time.  Many of these works have been made into movies, such as “Hondo” starring John Wayne.

L’Amour has used his study and personal experience as the basis for many of his characters.  He was a longshoreman, lumberjack, elephant handler, flume builder, fruit picker and an officer in a tank destroyer during WWII as well as a professional boxer, winning 51 of 59 bouts.

“The Ferguson Rifle” has all the requirements for a good story.  Good characters, interesting plot and some romantic interest.  Bringing together these factors with the historical and geographical information L’Amour was famous for, we have a pure winner. 

With his wife and son dead from a suspicious home fire, Ronan Chantry heads west to face his destiny.  He heads into the mountains and meets a group of mountain men.  Together they face Indians, both hostile and friendly.  Life is a constant struggle for survival and then they find a lovely girl who seeks help finding a 200 year old treasure, and protection from a dangerous uncle.  And so the story continues.  There’s plenty of action to go around.  Oh, and by the way, we meet a tough old man who lives in a cave.  Etc. Etc., Read it and Enjoy! 

L’Amour died 06/10/88