Book Review articles

Lunch in Paris

Some selections for outdoor summer reading

Summer is for gardening and reading – preferably reading in the garden. But, wherever you choose to read (or on whatever device; me, I prefer good, old-fashioned books), here are some ideas. “Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes” (2010) by Elizabeth Bard is a combination memoir/cookbook. Bard was working in London when she


‘Seaside Tinkered Treasures’

Local author’s new book full of ideas for using seaside found objects to decorate with warm-weather cottage style Elyse Major has make a career of recreating the feeling of summer and days spent by the sea. Mermaids made from laundry pegs, a beach cottage built from craft sticks, or a wind chime constructed from sticks


Two stories of exotic cultures for spring reading

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Kate Boo Despair. Hopelessness. Injustice. All describe the hellhole of existence that is Annawadi, the squatter slum settlement outside the International Airport in Mumbai, India.  Here 3,000 people are tightly packed into and atop 335 ramshackle huts next to a sewage lake,


Singing Rhode Island’s praises

What started out as a fundraising venture has turned into a cottage industry for one local woman. Roberta Mudge Humble, an English professor at CCRI who maintains a cottage in Portsmouth’s Island Park neighborhood but primarily lives in Warwick, is passionate about a lot of things. She’s passionate about the preservation of historic armories, and


Enigmatic Lincoln’s enduring appeal

Abraham Lincoln was born 205 years ago this week, and remains one of the most popular figures in American history — and literature. In honor of Honest Abe’s birthday, check out one of these great reads. ‘Killing Lincoln’ By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard “With malice toward none and charity for all.” When Abraham Lincoln