Book reviews

"American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst" by Jeffrey Toobin; Doubleday (384 pages, $28.95). (Doubleday)

In ‘American Heiress,’ Patty Hearst case evokes the dark side of ’70s

By Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) on Aug. 04, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
In “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,” veteran crime writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin brings the saga back into focus.

Cold Blood, Hot Sea by Charlene D’Avanzo

on Aug. 02, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.

The serendipity of Stephen King (how I finally found ‘The Shining’)

on July 27, 2016, at 8:38 p.m.
Three years ago, I got it in my head that I needed to buy a copy of ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King. So began a quest through dozens of bookshops all over Maine….

Review: “The Doll-Master” by Joyce Carol Oates

By Pamela Miller, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) on July 27, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.

Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep by James Babb

on July 27, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
"You'll Grow Out Of It" by Jessi Klein

Panty lines, prom-posals: ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ writer Jessi Klein on invented problems

By Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times (TNS) on July 27, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
It’s that authenticity and a steady stream of truly laugh-out-loud lines that make Jessi Klein’s new book of essays, “You’ll Grow Out Of It,” so much fun.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt

on July 20, 2016, at 8:17 p.m.
‘Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family’ is a great book to read right now, at a time when our country is under a constant barrage of negativity, prejudice, and intolerance.

Retiring To, Not From – all about farming in Maine

on July 19, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.

We should be so lucky as to celebrate our birthday on a Maine island!

on July 12, 2016, at 7 a.m.

3 more bookstores to visit in Maine this summer

on July 10, 2016, at 8:22 p.m.
Summer in Maine is perfect for hitting the road and discovering new shops, ice cream stands, drive-in theaters, restaurants… and, of course, bookstores. Because what is summer without good reads?

Lou Zambello’s new fly fishing guide is astonishing

on July 10, 2016, at 7 a.m.

Everything you want to know about vernal pools and estuaries – in wonderful childrens’ books

on July 06, 2016, at 7 a.m.

A whirlwind bookish adventure in Bath, city of readers

on July 03, 2016, at 10:52 p.m.
Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, my love asked me the four words I’d been longing to hear most. “Bookish adventure this weekend?”

Widow-Maker will keep you up at night!

on July 03, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.

Weathering Shame by Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota

on June 29, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
"The Miracle on Monhegan Island" by Elizabeth Kelly

Review: ‘The Miracle on Monhegan Island’ by Elizabeth Kelly

By Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on June 29, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
Elizabeth Kelly’s third novel, “The Miracle on Monhegan Island,” is neither light nor chick lit. It’s serious and thought-provoking, shot through with dark humor and dark observations on religion and faith.

3 essential Maine bookshops for summer road-trippin’

on June 28, 2016, at 8:37 p.m.
Spontaneity is good, especially when there’s a bookshop waiting at the end of the journey.
"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler’s ‘Vinegar Girl’ a clever riff on Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’

By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) on June 22, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
In “Vinegar Girl,” Anne Tyler brings these talents to the altar of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which eight writers are creating novelistic adaptations of various Bard plays.
"I Almost Forgot About You" by Terry McMillan

Author Terry McMillan’s 50-something protagonist faces her fears

By Jean Marie Brown, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) on June 22, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Friendship, love and infidelity are major chords in Terry McMillan’s narratives, and her latest offering, “I Almost Forgot About You,” uses them to make an ordinary story extraordinary.

Bringing history to life in a children’s novel

on June 21, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.