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Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his legendary, decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and desperate cynics alike. He and his beloved wife lived a relatively peaceful life in upstate New York. But now it's 2010, and Peter's wife has just died. Completely lost, he passes the time with a woman he admires but doesn't love-and he begins to look back through the pages of his book and question hom­ilies such as:

A good marriage is a canoe-it needs care and isn't meant to hold too much-no more than two adults and a few kids.

It's advice he has famously doled out for decades. But what is it worth?

Then Peter receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fif­tieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship.

The contest ensnares its creator in the largely opaque politics of her publishing house while it intro­duces the reader to couples in various states of distress, including a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite and her charismatic and entrepreneurial husband, who may just be a bit too charismatic for the good of their marriage. There's the middle-aged publisher whose im­posing manner has managed to impose loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. And then there is Peter, who must discover what he meant when he wrote Marriage Is a Canoe if he is going to help the contest's winners and find a way to love again.

In Love Is a Canoe, Ben Schrank delivers a smart, funny, romantic, and hugely satisfying novel about the fragility of marriage and the difficulty of repairing the damage when well-intentioned people forget how to be good to each other.

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    11/11/15 ,via Ottumwacourier

    On Wednesday they met with choreographer Ben Schrank to begin practicing for their showcase. He works with the students for about three days teaching them all the choreography so they can practice until January. On top of memorizing dance steps the 

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    11/10/15 ,via AL.com

    Roosevelt only suffered a flesh wound from would-be assassin John Schrank's gun and went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. The main debate will include Donald Trump; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Florida Sen.

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  • Consent

    Random House Trade Paperbacks. 2003. ISBN: 0812966821,9780812966824. 272 pages.

    The intense love affair between doctoral student Mike Zabusky and Katherine Staresina, a domestic violence attorney, unleashes troubling questions about both of their families' dark legacies, the role of Mike's enigmatic professor Matthew Weingarden, and their individual conflicts between commitment and independence. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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  • OHS students put on their dancing shoes

    11/11/15 ,via Ottumwa Courier

    “But now we usually have over 100 supporters coming out to cheer us on.” On Wednesday they met with choreographer Ben Schrank to begin practicing for their showcase. He works with the students for about three days teaching them all the choreography so ...

  • Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate: Your guide as Trump, Carson, Rubio meet Tuesday

    11/10/15 ,via Al.com

    Roosevelt only suffered a flesh wound from would-be assassin John Schrank's gun and went on to deliver his scheduled ... retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Hewlett Packard ...

  • Meet Hotel Impossible’s alcoholism intervention hero, Joe Schrank

    09/30/15 ,via reality blurred

    The episode should serve as a backdoor pilot for Joe Schrank to get his own reality series, because he is exceptional at his job and also terrific on television. There’s probably a good reason for that: He’s been on television before. So who is Joe ...

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