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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

Review: Alafair Burke’s latest is one of her best

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Alafair Burke tells a compelling tale that combines a police procedural and a legal thriller in All Day and a Night. Anthony Amaro, convicted of killing six women 18 years ago, has always claimed he is innocent and … 0

The Mindful Reader: ‘Claremont Boy’ tells his tale with wry sense of humor

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Joseph Steinfield wrote a column for the Monadnack Ledger-Transcript called “Looking Back,” where the short personal essays in his memoir Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory first appeared. Whether he’s writing about his … 0

Work your way through ‘Cubed’

Sunday, June 8, 2014

I don’t much like my cubicle. I have papered it with postcards of the pyramids, cartoons that amuse me, words to live by, colorful drawings by my children, magazine photos of the artist Doug Aitken’s nature-filled Los Angeles … 0

Eros, gender roles turn at novel’s heart

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lily King’s new novel, Euphoria, unfolds on a South Pacific island where a trio of young anthropologists lives among isolated tribes to make groundbreaking studies of primitive cultures. Rich in detail, at times fascinating and harrowing, the story … 0

‘Untamed’ captures woman conservationist

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Boys and men who love the rugged outdoors have long had plenty of role models, from James Fenimore Cooper’s Deerslayer to Huck Finn and Teddy Roosevelt. But what about women who prefer woods and swamps to modern society? … 0

‘Michael Jackson, Inc.’ sheds the juicy stuff to get the nitty gritty

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The accountants must breathe a sigh of relief whenever a certain troublesome type of celebrity client dies unexpectedly. Take Michael Jackson. The singer was in debt when he died five years ago, but today his finances are in … 0

The lore of Tammany Hall turned on its head

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New York City’s Tammany Hall is synonymous in popular lore with graft, vote-buying and other abuses long associated with urban politics, but in Machine Made, Terry Golway asserts that this narrative is wrong. The real significance of the … 0

‘Weapons of Mass Diplomacy’ a must-read graphic novel

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Were I in the front row of the White House press briefing room, I would ask spokesman Jay Carney one question above all others: “Have you read Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and if not, why not?” It’s that … 0

Here’s hoping Adam Carolla’s America stays in his head

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Adam Carolla’s fans are legion. They’ve made his first two books best-sellers and The Adam Carolla Show one of the most popular podcasts on the web. And those fans have even loftier goals in mind for this acerbic … 0

The celebrated, maddening, brilliant Vanessa Redgrave

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In his new book, Vanessa, Dan Callahan, who proved himself an astute critic of acting in his biography of Barbara Stanwyck, has now focused on the celebrated, maddening, brilliant Vanessa Redgrave, daughter of Sir Michael, sister of Lynn … 0