Staff Picks

Here are some recent book reviews!

  • Book Review: The Prydain Chronicles

    March 27, 2020
    I started The Book of Three, the first book in this classic fantasy series by Lloyd Alexander, with a great deal of skepticism. First of all (with the exception of the Harry Potter series), I am not fantasy fan. Secondly, the series involves five books, and when you have a reading wish list ...
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  • Book Review: Bread on the Table

    March 12, 2020
    I borrow every baking book we get here and this book by David Norman is my favorite since The Rye Baker by Stanley Ginsberg. They’re similar in scope and difficulty and each provides histories of the breads in each recipe. The difference is that Ginsburg’s book is exclusively rye while Norman’s tackles all sorts of ...
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  • Book Review: The Devil Made Me Do It!: Crime and Punishment in Early New England

    March 5, 2020
    “The Devil Made Me Do It!”: Crime and Punishment in Early New England, by longtime Bath resident Juliet Haines Mofford, is an excellent and informative read. The book provides detailed stories on the types of crime and the punishments applied in the early days of our country. Whatever the crime — public intoxication, infanticide, ...
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  • Book Review: In Waves

    February 28, 2020
    I am a huge fan of graphic memoirs and have ready many over the last few years as these books have grown in popularity.  One of my top five graphic memoirs is In Waves written and illustrated by AJ Dungo and published in 2019 by Nobrow Press.  This memoir is about surfing, grief, and loss.  ...
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  • Book Review: Nothing to See Here

    February 20, 2020
    I recently finished this little gem of a novel, and was reminded of its sparkle and shine last night after seeing a wonderful interview with the author, Kevin Wilson, on the PBS News Hour. If you are looking for a quick read that will warm your heart on a cold winter day, look ...
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  • Book Review: Mrs Bridge

    February 14, 2020
    On the surface, this is a story about the life of a housewife, Mrs Bridge, who lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children between the two World Wars. Beneath the surface, this novel is actually about a lonely woman who avoids change at all costs and who cannot comprehend the fact that she is living an ...
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  • Book Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

    February 7, 2020
    I spotted Kate Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts on my husband’s nightstand and thought it looked like fun.  I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a thoroughly delightful read, set in Boston, so it’s fun to recognize the many names and places in the book. Tuesday Mooney is a quirky researcher for nonprofits (one reviewer likens her ...
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  • Book Review: There There

    January 31, 2020
    There There is a gripping debut novel by Tommy Orange. Orange tells the stories of twelve different “Urban Indians,” all at least in part Native American, as they travel to and interact at “The Big Oakland Powwow.” Orange is himself a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma; he uses ...
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  • Book Review: The Man With No Face

    January 23, 2020
    The Man With No Face is a standalone mystery/espionage novel by the well-known Scottish author Peter May. It was first published in 1981 under the title Hidden Faces. As the novel opens, Neil Bannerman, a journalist with Scotland’s Daily Standard, is exiled to Brussels by his angry editor. His assignment is to cover the political ...
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  • Book Review: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

    January 17, 2020
    This non-fiction account on “the troubles” in Northern Ireland was on many top ten lists for 2019. Since my knowledge on this subject might not even fill a thimble, and I like “true crime” as a genre, I decided this was a great New Year’s project for me. Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff ...
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