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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

Stephanie Plum returns in ‘Top Secret Twenty-One’

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Janet Evanovich delivers another hilarious entry in her Stephanie Plum series with Top Secret Twenty-One. Life is never dull for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Her boyfriend, hot cop Joe Morelli, wants to take their relationship to the next … 0

Debut novel a Southern mosaic

Sunday, June 22, 2014

There are many good reasons to read and enjoy Flying Shoes. For one, it is the debut novel of Lisa Howorth, a much revered stalwart of the literary South. She is the founder, with her husband, Richard, of … 0

‘Bad English’ is an interesting linguistic dissertation to be ignored

Sunday, June 22, 2014

In Bad English, Ammon Shea wastes no time challenging widely held beliefs about just what English is bad. His subtitle, A History of Linguistic Aggravation, gets in an opening jab at sticklers like me, who know that “irritate” … 1

A writer’s word: ‘Authorisms’ a delightful pocket book

Sunday, June 22, 2014

William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Mark Twain: We know and love them for their stories and characters. But they contributed more than memorable literature over the course of their careers. They also gave to the English language some of … 0

‘Be in a Treehouse’: a picture book

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bruce Dondero deserves more than a tie this Fathers Day. The Michigan man promised his son a treehouse nine years ago. And did he deliver! Cabin in the Trees, made from reclaimed cedar, is showcased as part of … 0

‘Forcing the Spring’ author Becker to speak in Concord

Monday, June 16, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jo Becker will be at Red River Theatres in Concord on Monday, June 23, to discuss her new book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality. Becker, a former Concord Monitor reporter … 0

Avery Corman writes memoir of Bronx boyhood

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Before Brooklyn became a hipster haven with pricey real estate and the Bronx became the poster child for urban blight, neighborhood life in those outer boroughs was pretty much the same. That’s the recollection of Avery Corman, who … 0

For young readers: ‘Gravity,’ a ‘Prince’ and ‘Liars’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

GRAVITY By Jason Chin. Roaring Brook. $16.99. Ages 5-8. Don’t expect anything too heavy from this lighter-than-air look at what holds our solar system together. In a mere seven sentences in Gravity, Jason Chin makes clear what we … 0

Koryta’s latest is thrilling adventure story

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Michael Koryta’s latest novel skillfully melds a thrilling adventure story set against the Montana wilderness with a poignant coming-of-age story. Those Who Wish Me Dead moves at a brisk pace as Koryta weaves in themes of redemption, survival … 0

‘Dear Leader’ is seen through the eyes of one of North Korea’s privileged few

Sunday, June 15, 2014

In the past 15 years, about 26,000 North Koreans have slipped across their country’s semi-permeable border with China and found their way to South Korea. This flood of informants, most of whom were poor and living on the … 0