Book reviews

"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.

You – and your kids – will love this hummer of a book

on June 19, 2016, at 7 a.m.
"Bogs and Fens: A Guide to Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada," by Ronald B. Davis, was released June 7 by the University Press of New England. Davis, a retired professor who lives in Orono, has devoted more than two decades to the study of peatlands and is the founder of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.

Orono Bog Boardwalk founder releases peatland plant guide

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 16, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
“I love natural beauty. That’s why I do a lot of photography. It helps me focus on nature, actually and figuratively,” Ronald B. Davis said with a smile. “I’ve been collecting photographs of plants that grow in bogs and fens for 10 years, but I didn’t know I was going to use them in a book.”

Great advice on love and marriage

on June 16, 2016, at 7 a.m.

How could you not love a book titled, Buzzed: Beer, Booze, & Coffee Brews?

on June 13, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.

Beaches, boardwalks, and bargain books

on June 12, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
This shop first struck my eye with its huge yellow banner proclaiming BETTER BARGAIN BOOKS. In my experience, there has never been a more effective marketing ploy to get me in the door of a merchandising establishment.

Ghost is a riveting and entertaining musical

on June 10, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.

This book celebrates Acadia’s Centennial with stunning photos

on June 06, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.

Third “Wildlife on the Move” kids’ book is exceptional

on June 03, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
A woman reads a book as she lies on a cliff on a sunny day in Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2016.

What should you read this summer? Stephen King and more

By Connie Ogle, Miami Herald (TNS) on June 01, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Here are some suggestions to keep you entertained all season long.

Fascinating stories from the Allagash

on May 30, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
The book "Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration," published in 2016 by Rizzoli New York, features photography and essays by Tom Blagden Jr., as well as essays by Christopher Camuto, Christopher Crosman, Dayton Duncan, David Rockefeller Jr., David MacDonald, Sheridan Steele and W. Kent Olsen.

Conservation photographer celebrates Acadia’s centennial with new book

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 26, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
“What I hope people will get from looking at the photographs is the inspiration, if not to experience Acadia directly, to at least experience nature in some way by simply getting out,” Tom Blagden said.
"Maine Sporting Camps," by George Smith

Book on Maine’s sporting camp history shows you can get there from here

By John Holyoke on May 26, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
Thanks to his latest book, “Maine Sporting Camps,” George Smith has made one thing perfectly clear: No matter how remote these camps are, no matter how much time you have to spend on dirt roads to reach these backwoods paradises, you can, in fact, get there from here.

In some cases, American military courts broke new ground in fairness

By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) on May 25, 2016, at 10:47 p.m.

10 picture books that belong in every child’s library

By Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post on May 24, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
Here are 10 children’s books that I think would make a delightful addition to any child’s library.

Every middle-schooler (and you too) should read this novel

on May 24, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.