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In ‘The Inevitable City’, Tulane president offers account of rebuilding New Orleans

Sunday, July 6, 2014

There’s a lot of sensible stuff in this account of post-Katrina New Orleans by the outgoing president of its most prominent educational institution, Tulane University, but there’s a lot of soapy stuff, too. In The Inevitable City, Scott Cowen writes with obvious passion and personal knowledge about the various ways in which the city has seized the opportunity provided by natural disaster to rebuild itself – “reimagining the city from scratch,” as he puts it – and he makes a strong case that the city is well on its way to becoming a better place for more of its citizens. But interwoven with this is … 0

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, ‘Phantom Instinct,’ is her best yet

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, Phantom Instinct, begins with a shootout at the club where Harper Flynn works. Harper’s boyfriend is killed, a police officer is severely wounded, the bar burns to the ground and leaves no evidence of how the gunmen entered the highly secure building. The official report claims the two gunmen … 0

‘Supreme City’: How New York rose to the top

Sunday, July 6, 2014

E.B. White, the affectionate chronicler of Manhattan life, believed that New York comprised three cities: one of people born there and a second of the commuter. “Third,” he added, “there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last – the … 0

‘Flying Shoes’ based on unsolved killing of author’s brother

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lisa Howorth has taken the adage “write what you know” and turned it on its head. In this case, she’s written what she may never know for sure: the solution to her brother’s slaying. When Howorth was a teenager in 1966, her 9-year-old stepbrother was molested and killed … 0

‘Good Hunting’ gives peek inside CIA

Sunday, July 6, 2014

There is an art to writing a CIA memoir. You must divulge enough insider tradecraft and gossip that readers feel they’re getting a glimpse behind the curtain, but not so much that the censors swoop down. You have to describe covert operations in colorful detail, without revealing still-classified … 0

Verdon’s cleverness shines in new thriller

Sunday, July 6, 2014

John Verdon’s skillful melding of the puzzle mystery with the police procedural and the psychological thriller brings a unique spin to his series about retired NYPD homicide Detective Dave Gurney. Peter Pan Must Die again presents Dave with … 0

Writer David Levithan on LGBT books for the young

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his Boy Meets Boy, a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn … 0

Review: Karin Slaughter’s ‘Cop Town’ is engrossing

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Karin Slaughter wraps an intense thriller around a legacy of sexism, race relations and politics in the engrossing Cop Town. Slaughter, author of the Will Trent best-sellers, keeps her first stand-alone novel from becoming a history lesson by … 0

Eggers’s ‘Fathers’ an angry take on changing world

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dave Eggers is angry. A writer both beloved and criticized for his distinctly sentimental bursts appears to be seething, worried about crumbling institutions, lost privacy, diminished intimacy and humanity in general. At least, that’s the impression left after … 0

Review: ‘Ways of the Dead’ is fast-paced narrative

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Neely Tucker’s debut novel is an utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s, just before the internet and the rise of smart phones changed the landscape of print journalism. Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter … 0

‘A Farm Dies Once a Year’ an elegant memoir

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The 95 acres of New Morning Farm sprawl across hill and valley in south-central Pennsylvania. Jim and Moie Crawford purchased the farm in 1976, two years before their son Arlo was born. The Crawfords began organic farming with … 0

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to sign books at Warner event

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak and sign books at an event hosted by MainStreet BookEnds in Warner on Saturday as part of the store’s new “Rebuilding Our Economy and Restoring Our Democracy” series. Sanders has written two … 0

Gibson’s Bookstore to host reading from ‘The Widow’s Handbook’

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A group of nine New England writers will gather at Gibson’s Bookstore tonight to read from The Widow’s Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival, a collection of poems and short essays written by widows and published in 2014. “The title is actually a bit ironic, because it’s … 0