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A rocking good story to launch 2015

A rocking good story to launch 2015

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg Wow, what a story! What a life!  Crazy. Wild. Frenzied. Dangerous.  On-the-edge. Raucous. These adjectives do not adequately capture the essence of the legendary Rock-‘n-Roll musician Jerry Lee Lewis. Even the term “musician” does not do his talent justice. For whether one liked or deplored his

Book review: stories set in wartime

The House Girl by Tara Conklin Two remarkable heroines separated by a century: Josephine, a mulatto slave of a Southern plantation owner in the mid 1850’s and Lina, a New York City lawyer assigned by her firm to research a reparations case on behalf of the descendants of slaves. The book’s chapters alternate between the

Book reviews: Two bright ‘Lights’ and a local

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A great book — compelling, engrossing, and suspenseful that is presently in competition for The National Book Award, of which it is extremely deserving. Set in war-torn Germany and France during the l930’s and l940’s, this book focuses on two main characters, a young blind French

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A trio of recent best sellers

“All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner Young wife and mother, Allison Weiss is taking a magazine quiz while waiting with her daughter in the pediatrician’s office. Its questions and her answers regarding use of prescription medications evoke an unsettling feeling. “Do you use  drugs such as Vicodin or Percocet? Do you sometimes use more than

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

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