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    September 26, 2010

    Book Review: Fighting illness, author finds solace in snail

    Some story lines defy the odds. A book about an ailing woman who befriends a bedside snail, for instance, might seem cloying and schmaltzy on the one hand, or satirical on the other. In the case of Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s observational memoir, “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,” both woman and snail handily quash […]

  • Published
    September 26, 2010

    New on the Shelf

    “The Elephant’s Journey.” Jose Saramago. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288 pages. $24. Summer, 1551. The King of Portugal gives Maximilian, regent of Spain and archduke of Austria, an elephant as a belated wedding present. There is just one small problem: getting the elephant from Lisbon to Vienna.  

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Book Review: An illuminating look at the history of light

    It’s late. I have to finish this review before morning. Stumbling into my office, I switch on the light (and the computer and the printer and the fax machine). They spring to life — no big deal. It wasn’t always thus. To take only the most venerable of the above devices, it is more than […]

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Books: Best-Sellers

    FICTION HARDCOVER 1. “Mockingjay,” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 2. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday) 3. “Freedom,” by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) 4. “Clockwork Angel,” by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster) 5. “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin) 6. “Catching Fire,” by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) 7. “Spider […]

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Author Q&A: FIND DINING

    Tom Seymour of Waldo forages for a lot of his food. Now he's out with a new book sharing some of the secrets of his finesse.

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Book Review: Garcia’s new novel sees death as an art

    'The Lady Matador's Hotel' is a ruthless romp through the lives of its characters.

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    New on the Shelf

    “Nashville Chrome.” By Rick Bass. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. $24. Back when Elvis was a scrawny teen dreaming of becoming a gospel singer, he spent two years on tour with the Browns, a trio of siblings whose gorgeous harmonies resulted in a series of country hits in the 1950s. In “Nashville Chrome,” Rick Bass […]

  • Published
    September 19, 2010

    Signings, etc.: Rosemary Herbert

    Rosemary Herbert, a former book review editor at the Boston Herald, will be talking about and signing her new mystery novel, “Front Page Teaser: A Liz Higgins Mystery” ($14.95, Down East Books). The book introduces Liz Higgins, a Boston reporter trying to move from light news to front-page stories. Herbert was editor-in-chief of “The Oxford […]

  • Published
    July 17, 2005

    Book review: ‘Enemy Action’ revisits WWII attack in Maine waters

    A book published in 2005 chronicles what happened to the USS Eagle 56 and how the truth of the event was uncovered.

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