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  • Published
    January 2, 2011

    Author Q&A: Making the best of the worst of times

    Charles Dickens' wife of 22 years wasn't the loser he claimed she was when he dumped her, a Bates College professor discovers.

  • Published
    January 2, 2011

    Signings, etc.

    GLENNA JOHNSON SMITH Ninety-year-old Presque Isle resident Glenna Johnson Smith will sign copies of her book, “Old Maine Woman, Stories from the Coast to the County,” on Saturday in Brunswick and on Jan. 9 in South Portland. Smith’s book is a collection of her columns for “Echoes” magazine and other works pondering life in Maine. […]

  • Published
    October 17, 2010

    Book review: Veteran’s memoirs of war, upstate Maine is intriguing

    Longtime Maine Sunday Telegram readers will remember Dick Goodie. An avid runner, he organized Maine road races in the 1960s. He’s a tireless supporter of Maine World War II veteran events, and a freelance writer who — 31 years ago — landed a story in this newspaper’s sports section that earned the Maine Press Association’s […]

  • Published
    October 17, 2010

    Books: All Aboard

    Geoffrey Wolff has long been enthralled by Joshua Slocum's solo sail around the globe. Now he's inviting you along on Slocum's adventures.

  • Published
    October 17, 2010

    Best-Sellers

    FICTION HARDCOVER 1. “Fall of Giants,” by Ken Follett (Penguin) 2. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday) 3. “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” by David Sedaris (Little Brown) 4. “The Reversal,” by Michael Connelly (Little Brown) 5. “Painted Ladies,” by Robert Parker (Penguin Group) 6. “Torment,” by Lauren Kate (Random House) […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Book review: Amateur or scientist, ‘Landscapes’ helps lead the way

    Some high-quality books have recently come out of the Maine Department of Conservation. While aimed at the professional scientist, they offer considerable leeway to engage the enthusiastic amateur as well. A couple of years back, I reviewed the Maine Geological Survey’s formidable “Maine’s Fossil Record: The Paleozoic” for this publication. Now the Maine Natural Areas […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Best-Sellers

    FICTION HARDCOVER 1. “Fall of Giants,” by Ken Follett (Penguin) 2. “Don’t Blink,” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little Brown) 3. “Freedom,” by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) 4. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Doubleday) 5. “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” by David Sedaris (Little Brown) 6. “Mockingjay,” by […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Books: New on the Shelf

    “The Good Daughters.” Joyce Maynard. William Morrow. 288 pages. $24.99. Joyce Maynard’s new novel hangs on a couple of plot twists so cliched that one might be tempted to call them gimmicks. But one reads Maynard for characters, not plots. The author’s deft and delicate touch as she plumbs the depths of her characters’ psyches […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Winging it: Maine humorist John McDonald puts words in puffins’ mouths

    'Everybody loves puffins,' Maine humorist John McDonald says, by way of explaining a new book pairing captivating photos with funny captions he's dreamed up.

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Signings, etc.: Isabelle Knockwood

    ISABELLE KNOCKWOOD, a tribal elder of the Mi’kmaq Nation, attended the Indian Residential School in Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1936 to 1947. Her book, “Out of the Depths,” tells her story of her experiences in a school system that tried to wipe out indigenous culture. On Tuesday, she talks about her experiences and the effects […]

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