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BOOK REVIEW
"Scrappy Little Nobody" by Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s memoir: a simple song, pitch perfect

By Laura Pearson, Chicago Tribune on Nov. 15, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
"Some Writer!" by E.B. White

‘Some Writer’ draws kids into the Maine life of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ author

By Sarah Walker Caron on Nov. 02, 2016, at 1:44 p.m.

Colby professor’s book aims to empower girls by educating adults

By Sarah Walker Caron on Oct. 26, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
“I interviewed a lot of girls I’ve worked with over the years — I think what surprised me is that I thought I knew them.”
"Ghost Hunter's Handbook," by Liza Gardner Walsh

New book by Maine author explores ghost hunting for kids

By Sarah Walker Caron on Oct. 12, 2016, at 4 p.m.
What would you say to a ghost if you happened to meet one? Perhaps, “how long have you lived here?” suggests a ghost hunter in a new children’s book aimed at helping kids explore the unknown.

Book review: Bruce Springsteen runs it all down for you in his rewarding new autobiography

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 28, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
Anyone who has ever experienced the uniquely soul-stirring amalgam of musical celebration, spiritual rejuvenation, intellectual provocation and physical release-to-the-point-of-exhaustion that is a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will feel right at home in the 508 pages of “Born to Run” (Simon & Schuster, $32.50), his 67-years- (as of Friday) in-the-making autobiography.
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Seeing E.B. White through more than his words

By Abby McGanney Nolan, Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
With a new illustrated biography, Melissa Sweet shows and tells us all about Elwyn Brooks White, born in 1899. And just as Charlotte the spider described Wilbur the pig as “some pig,” Melissa Sweet titled her book “Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White.”
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Former BDN staffer Eric Zelz (left) and his wife Abigail talk about their collaboration on a children's book celebrating food and history called "Pass The Pandowdy, Please: Chewing on History with Famous Folks and Their Fabulous Foods" at their home in Bangor.

New children’s book explores tasty bites of historic figures

By Sarah Walker Caron on Sept. 14, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
The book looks at what famous folks throughout history ate.
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President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

New book reveals Bill Clinton’s rogue diplomacy against the Iraq War

By Abby Phillip, The Washington Post on Sept. 07, 2016, at 7:32 a.m.
Bill Clinton took an unprecedented and unorthodox role in the foreign policy of his successor, George W. Bush, according to a new book, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” written by liberal journalist Joe Conason.

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.
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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.
BOOK REVIEWS
"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.”
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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.
READING MAINE

Cold Blood, Hot Sea by Charlene D’Avanzo

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

Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep by James Babb

on July 27, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
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"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.
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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.