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  • 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 […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2010

    Book review: No one escapes vagaries of chance

    Philip Roth's latest short novel takes aim at the most blameless.

  • Published
    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 26, 2010

    Book Q&A: Punk scene revisited in ‘American Hardcore’

    The author of the bible of the hardcore punk movement is out with a new edition and heading to Maine to talk about the musical genre and its legacy.

  • 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 […]



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