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‘Dry Bones’ a disturbing debut for Bouman

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tom Bouman is a serious writer – literate, understated, elegant – and Dry Bones in the Valley is an exciting and disturbing debut. His detective, Henry Farrell, comes alive in a way that pulls us into his story from our first glimpse of him barefoot on his porch with a cup of coffee. Farrell is a thoughtful police officer in Wild Thyme Township, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a land of … 0

Dystopian ‘California’ amusing, if not convincing

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The environment is a disaster. Government has failed. Food is scarce. Untreatable viruses run rampant. Humans have lost the ability to reproduce. Welcome to the robust genre of post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction, otherwise known as “something really bad happened and now everything sucks.” This subset of science fiction reached its acme in Cormac McCarthy’s … 1

Another author boosted by ‘Colbert Bump’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The “Colbert Bump” is becoming contagious. Edan Lepucki, whose novel California became a best-seller thanks to a plug from Stephen Colbert, has in turn helped another book catch on. During an interview on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report that aired Monday night, Lepucki recommended Stephan Eirik Clark’s Sweetness #9. By Tuesday morning, 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