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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

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