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Premium Content Book tip: "MIssing You"

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 1:57 pm

Harlan Coben
Of all the accomplished thriller writers out there - and this is a golden era for crime fiction - Coben is probably the best at the device called "the plot twist." Hell,...


'Captain Underpants' doesn’t sit well with some

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 4:23 pm

The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common.


Premium Content New book examines sinking of tall ship Bounty

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 12:45 am

New book examines sinking of tall ship
When the tall ship Bounty sank in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 after sailing from New London, there was shock and grief for the two lives lost, but also a...


New biography explores the genius of John Updike

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

During his lifetime, John Updike was acclaimed as one of the greatest writers of his generation, the poet laureate of middle-class, small-town, Protestant America.
From the time he was a boy,...


Books for children - April 13

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:27 pm

Where is it written that we all have to be the same? Why do some people so desperately want others to conform? Why can't we simply accept people for who they are?
If you think about it, the world would...


Premium Content Borough works its charm on new Merrill House writer-in residence

 April 12, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Poet/memoirist Kelle Groom has lived in more than 50 places - including exotic locales like Florida, Hawaii and Lake Tahoe - so she's more than qualified when she describes her latest zip code with rave reviews.


Premium Content Sandberg back with new ‘Lean In’ for graduates

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 5:18 pm

It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women. Since then, more than 1.75 million copies have been sold; the book's out in 28 languages, and will be in eight more by the end...


Premium Content Poet Kelle Groom reads in Stonington

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 1:18 pm

One of the most acclaimed literary memoirs of recent years is "I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl" by renowned poet Kelle Groom. It's a gorgeously written and heart-wrenching book in which the author searches for self-forgiveness...


Carter writes about prejudice against women

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 3:03 pm

In his new book, "A Call to Action," former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who...


Books for children - April 6

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 3:01 pm


"My One Hundred Adventures" by Polly Horvath, Schwartz & Wade,260 pages
Read aloud: age...


Premium Content Author Bruce DeSilva talks 'Providence Rag'

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 2:30 pm

Plot-wise, most thriller writers spend their creative energies desperately trying to avoid painting their heroes into corners where they can't get out.

On the other hand, Bruce DeSilva, the Edgar-award winning author of a series about the...


Premium Content Book tip: "The Interestings"

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 2:23 pm

Meg Wolitzer
Despite this ending up on its fair share of 2013 best-of lists, "The Interestings" isn't nearly as, well, interesting as you'd hope. The novel trails a group of friends -...


‘Five Came Back’ recalls day Hollywood went to war

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 3:45 pm

Hollywood was never the same after taking up the fight to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan - just like the rest of the world. Many of the film industry's greatest talents put aside their careers to join the military and turn the...


Books for children - March 30

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 3:46 pm


"Day of Tears" by Julius Lester, Hyperion, 176 pages
Read aloud: age 9, 10 and older



 March 27, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Author Anthony De Sa, whose new book is "Kicking the Sky," will be at Bank Square Books in Mystic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

De Sa was an adolescent in 1977 Toronto when a Portuguese shoeshine boy was raped and murdered. De Sa's first...


Premium Content Bank Square Books hosts Jean Hanff Korelitz

 March 27, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

It's the epitome of an upwardly successful Manhattan life: therapist Grace Reinhart Sachs is devoted to her son, Henry, and husband, an elite pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital. She's publishing a book based on her...


Premium Content Author Jane Green brings book tour to region

 March 25, 2014; Updated: 5:47 pm

Jane Green became a best-selling author by being one of the first popular purveyors of "chick lit." It all started with her 1997 novel "Straight Talking" and kept rolling with follow-ups.
Green's work...


Writer reprises cross-country bicycle trip

 March 23, 2014; Updated: 2:19 pm

A cross-country bicycle trip, like an end to end hike of the Appalachian Trail, is usually a one-and-done experience, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that doesn't bear repeating.
Not so for Bruce Weber,...


Books for children - March 23

 March 23, 2014; Updated: 1:54 pm

Regardless of our age, we all make choices every day - some choices are easier than others. A great deal of what we teach our kids will help them in their future decision-making endeavors. Today's books are helpful in this regard as they...


Veronica Roth: A YA novelist actually under 30

 March 20, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

"Divergent," the latest young adult novel poised to become a blockbuster movie, meets all the criteria for the YA genre: The movie is adapted from a best-seller; the story is rooted in sci-fi; and the cast consists of hot, young stars-to-be. But...


Premium Content Arts Cafe Mystic welcomes poet Chivas Sandage

 March 20, 2014; Updated: 11:08 am

You have to appreciate the sort of parents who, if inclined to name a child after an alcoholic beverage, would select "Chivas." That's excellent stuff! If my folks were inclined in that context, I'm sure the byline to this piece would say "by...


Pickett investigates crimes in Black Hills

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 3:51 pm

Many Americans aren't that familiar with Wyoming, except perhaps for Yellowstone National Park. In C.J. Box's thrillers, the Cowboy State is a featured character and you get to know its thickly forested mountains, its windy plains and...


Books for children - March 16

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 3:47 pm

We've all heard it and we'd all agree: "Laughter is the best medicine." Studies by neuroscientists have shown that laughter increases the release of endorphins, boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces tension and can...


Premium Content Thriller author Chris Pavone at R.J. Julia

 March 13, 2014; Updated: 3:51 pm

Bestselling thriller author Chris Pavone will sign copies of his latest, "The Accident," tonight in Madison's R.J. Julia Booksellers.

Pavone, who spent two decades as an editor in several Manhattan publishing houses, won an Edgar Award for...


Premium Content Pavone’s success is no ‘Accident’

 March 11, 2014; Updated: 5:09 pm

Reading Chris Pavone's thrillers are the literary equivalent of getting lost in one of those autumn cornfield mazes. It's exhilarating and great fun - until you secretly start to wonder A) if you'll ever actually get out, and B) is that...


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