Book Review articles


Two stories of exotic cultures for spring reading

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


Two titles by Richard Russo: one new, one classic

Elsewhere:  A Memoir           Some mothers have become famous for  their  obsessive connection to their sons; Sara Delano Roosevelt, for example, in her relationship to her adored Franklin.  But the bond that existed between NY Times best-selling author Richard  Russo and his mother extended a lifetime and beyond the physical severing of the umbilical cord


Fall non-fiction, available at the library

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed The author of this book, Cheryl Strayed, was wild with rage, anger and pain following the loss of her mother, who succumbed to cancer at age 45. Growing up in a poverty-stricken, fractured family that constantly moved from one shabby place to