Book reviews


Award-winning Maine author pens new novel about big family moves … and cows

By Sarah Walker Caron on Aug. 31, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
Told in both poetry and prose, the book is a little different from most novels.
Author Lynn Plourde gets a kiss from her dog Maggie, who died three years ago. Maggie was the inspiration for the character of Maxi in her new middle-grade novel, "Maxi's Secrets."

A boy, a big dog, a lot of life lessons in Maine writer’s new novel for kids

By Sarah Walker Caron on Aug. 24, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Starting middle school isn’t easy. Neither is moving to a new town. But getting a sweet puppy? That’s fun, and it’s part of a new book aimed at readers in fifth grade and up that’s a touching tale perfect for reading together.

8 books to make you laugh in these dire times

By Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
This has been a dire summer. The news is crushingly bad. We need to laugh.
"Outfoxed," by David Rosenfelt

Coastal Maine writer shines in ‘Outfoxed’

By John Holyoke on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
David Rosenfelt and his wife moved to midcoast Maine a few years back. Many Mainers, I suspect, will join me in embracing another polished in-state writer — even if he’s officially “from away.”

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, by Sally Allen

on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
"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.