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A zombie book where your brain feels a little nibbled on

Sunday, July 20, 2014

“The Girl With All the Gifts,” by M.R. Carey. Orbit. Most zombie stories follow the same formula: Brawny dudes use guns and makeshift weapons to protect nerds, women and children from the ravenous dead and from other survivors. Yawn. M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts is a terrifying zombie novel, but not in the expected way. The real enemy here isn’t the walking dead or even the crafty … 0

‘Dark Aemilia’ a treat for Shakespeare lovers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sally O’Reilly’s wildly romantic novel Dark Aemilia is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys well-crafted historical fiction and a special treat for Shakespeare lovers. Drawing on the biography of a real-life woman proposed by some scholars as the model for the Dark Lady of the Bard’s sonnets, O’Reilly creates a fiery, proto-feminist heroine … 0

‘The Mockingbird Next Door’ a world caught just in time

Sunday, July 20, 2014

There are many reasons to be grateful for The Mockingbird Next Door, Marja Mills’s wonderful memoir of Harper Lee and her sister, and being enticed to reread To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of them. Improbable as it seemed even to Mills when she first was granted access to the two fiercely … 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

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