Book reviews


It’s not a beagle. It’s a Pekingese!

on May 20, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
Author Leah Haney dedicated her wonderful kid’s book, Muffin’s House, to “every kid who ever fell in love with a dog.” Yup. That would include me. Well, truth be told, I have loved several dogs in my lifetime. I’m looking at a painting my Dad did of Gypsy Lou, an …

Joseph Souza writes another winning novel.

on May 18, 2016, at 8:03 p.m.
Joe Souza has a great imagination, and his new novel, Need To Find You, proves it.  It’s so fast paced that you won’t want to set it aside. I did, after reading just a few chapters, because I had a busy schedule that week, and then I had to start …

Did coyotes kill those hikers on the Appalachian Trail in Maine?

on May 18, 2016, at 7:24 p.m.
Did coyotes kill those two hikers on the Appalachian Trail in Maine? Well maybe they did. And maybe they didn’t. But a lot of people think they did. And you’ll have to read Paul Doiron’s new novel, The Precipice, to find out if they are right. If you’ve never read …

Southern Maine Heart Walk raises awareness of cardiovascular disease, stroke

on May 16, 2016, at 11:17 a.m.
The road to the Southern Maine Heart Walk has been long and winding. And I give thanks every single day that I have been granted the opportunity to walk each step of that broken, blessed, beautiful path.

The Maine Angler’s Logbook is a march down memory lane

on May 15, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Paul Reynolds is a good writer, and his latest book, The Maine Angler’s Logbook, proves this once again. Subtitled Tips, Tales, and Tactics, it is all of that and much more. For me, it was a march down memory lane. Some of my all-time favorite fishing adventures occurred in Alaska, …

5 of the best mothers in literature

on May 06, 2016, at 8:43 p.m.
In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s talk about some of the best moms in literature. These women, though fictional, exemplify what it means to be a great mother – they are kind, protective, humorous, and tenacious – among a myriad of other attributes that make them incredible female role models. …

You won’t be able to stop reading Straw Man by Gerry Boyle

on May 05, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
I couldn’t wait for Gerry Boyle’s new novel, Straw Man, so I ordered up an uncorrected proof review copy, and read it in two evenings. Couldn’t put it down actually. Stayed up the first night well beyond my normal bedtime. Gerry is one of my very favorite novelists, and this …

Moxie Pond is mighty mysterious in this novel by Wayne Tanguay

on May 02, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
If you get to enjoy deer camp you’ll really relate to Wayne Tanguay’s novel, Mysterious Moxie Pond. But his deer camp is a lot more adventurous than yours, for sure. The story kicks off with the disappearance and death of a game warden. He’s gone but not forgotten by his …

Survivors of heart disease, stroke gather to share stories

on April 28, 2016, at 6:53 p.m.
Imagine: here in this room full of survivors, all of us have tell-tale hearts. We long and love to share our stories. All you have to do is listen.

7 books we’ll be talking about in May

By Connie Ogle, Miami Herald (TNS) on April 28, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Ah, spring: not quite humid enough to be summer yet pleasant enough to send us out to the pool with a cold beverage in one hand and a book in the other. And this month there are more than a few potential good reads looming. Get an early start on …

Fly-Fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant

on April 27, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
If you’ve ever spent time at a camp with your hunting and fishing buddies, you may have thought, more than once, that it would be fun to capture the experience and all the stories in a book. And that’s just what these guys have done, publishing a collection of essays, …

Books for Kids (and you too!)

on April 22, 2016, at 7 a.m.
  There are lots of great kids’ books, and nothing more enjoyable than reading them to your kids and grandkids. Here are a few of my favorites.                 Nic and Nellie’s Island Adventure published by Islandport Press. Our eight year old grandson Vishal loved Nic and Nellie, Astrid Sheckel’s beautifully …

Maine man’s walk across America filled with danger, colorful characters, beauty, and great stories

on April 18, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Somehow Nate Damm, tossing aside everything in his life to walk 3,200 miles across America, confused and alone, became a wonderful writer. Maybe it happened in Kansas, because despite all the warnings to avoid that state, Nate loved it. You tend to do well the things you love. And finally, …

Celebrating National Library Week: How three libraries transformed one reader

on April 15, 2016, at 8:47 p.m.
Happy National Library Week, readers! In my opinion, every week should be spent celebrating the role of libraries in our culture and society. Libraries bring people together in ways no other establishment ever could – not only through books and literacy, but through technology, community outreach programs, educational opportunities, historical/genealogical …

Astonishing Photos of African animals will mesmerize you!

on April 15, 2016, at 7 a.m.
  From the cover photo of stampeding wildebeest, part of The Great Migration in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, to the last photos of a Somali Ostrich and Vulturine Guinea Fowl, Dinesh Patel brings 50 years of wildlife photography to a stunning close in The Journey Within. He spent most of his …
"26 Songs in 30 Days" by Greg Vandy, with Daniel Person

’26 Songs in 30 Days': How Woody Guthrie wrote those great songs — for $266

By Paul De Barros, The Seattle Times (TNS) on April 13, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
Guthrie originally was meant to be paid $3,200 for a year of employment as an actor, narrator and singer in a documentary film about the dam but wound up writing a brace of 26 songs in a month — for $266!
"Miller's Valley" by Anna Quindlen

Review: ‘Miller’s Valley’ by Anna Quindlen

By Kim Ode, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) on April 13, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
When society’s volume seems cranked to 11, there’s something to be said about a quiet book.

The One-in-a-Million-Boy is a one-in-a-million book

on April 08, 2016, at 8:28 a.m.
Monica Wood’s new novel is wonderful as well as compelling, no surprise from this amazing Maine author. I was a fan of her first four novels when I first met her while birding in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland. After introducing myself, Monica told me she was working on a new …

Who is George Dorr? Discovering the ‘Father of Acadia’

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
“People knew about what [George] Dorr did here, but they didn’t know about Dorr before he came here,” Ronald Epp said, so he decided to figure that out.
"The Maine Angler's Logbook" by V. Paul Reynold

Outdoors writer back with ‘The Maine Angler’s Logbook’

By John Holyoke on April 07, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
“The Maine Angler’s Logbook” is a collection of 52 essays that take readers on journeys across North America in search of fish.