Book reviews


Eleanor Roosevelt to Eva Braun, ‘What She Ate’ recounts prominent women through food

By Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune (TNS) on Aug. 09, 2017, at 5:02 p.m.
Spinning Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s famous saying, “tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are,” Shapiro reveals the lives and times of these women through the food they ate.
Cover for "A Monarch Butterfly Story," published by Islandport Press in May 2017.

Endangered monarch butterfly highlight of final book in Maine series for kids

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 18, 2017, at 12:17 p.m.
“A Monarch Butterfly Story” is the fourth and final book in the Wildlife on the Move series.

John Green to publish his first book since ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

By Libby Hill, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on June 29, 2017, at 6:56 a.m.
It’s been more than five years in the making, but John Green’s follow-up to his beloved 2012 novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” is finally becoming a reality.

Maine author has kids under her spell with fairy-themed cookbook

By Sarah Walker Caron on June 21, 2017, at 5:20 p.m.
From magical wands to inspired breads to outdoors-only creations, the new “Fairy House Cooking: Simple Scrumptious Recipes & Fairy Party Fun!” by Liza Gardner Walsh is part imagination, part cookbook and total fun.
Paul Doiron at his Belfast office

Ready for a Maine-based summer read? Doiron delivers again

By John Holyoke on June 08, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“Knife Creek” is likely Doiron’s darkest Bowditch thriller yet. The writer said his trip into some old-fashioned, gruesome thriller fare was intentional, though it doesn’t quite follow the blueprint longtime readers have come to expect from him.

70 years after the great fires in Maine, new novel explores the aftermath

By Sarah Walker Caron on April 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“The Stars are Fire,” by Anita Shreve, is a fictional tale based on the Maine Fires of 1947. Set in Biddeford Pool, it tells the story of 24-year-old Grace Holland, whose husband disappears while helping to fight the fires.
"Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy" by David A. Nichols; Simon & Schuster (385 pages, $27.95).

Dissecting Eisenhower’s ‘secret’ war against Joe McCarthy

By Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) on March 22, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
“Ike and McCarthy” dives deep into the archives to make its case that Eisenhower planned and mobilized a behind-the-scenes campaign to thwart McCarthy.
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Bangor native uses Maine’s most iconic painting as inspiration for novel

By Sarah Walker Caron on March 15, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
The painting “Christina’s World,” by acclaimed artist Andrew Wyeth is the inspiration of a new novel by Bangor native Christina Baker Kline.
"Do Fairies Bring the Spring?" is a new book by Liza Gardner Walsh and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. It's published by Down East.

Forget winter with this charming book about fairies and spring

By Sarah Walker Caron on Feb. 08, 2017, at 4 p.m.
“Spring has sort of a musicality to it with all the birds and the bees. I guess that subconsciously guided [my writing],” Liza Gardner Walsh said.

Cozy up with these winter books — and your kids

By Mia Geiger, Washington Post on Jan. 04, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.

10 books on leadership to read in 2017

By Jena McGregor, Washington Post on Dec. 24, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
After an utterly dark and divisive year of political leadership, people will surely be looking for fresh professional inspiration in 2017.
Actress Carrie Fisher waits to present George Lucas (not seen) with the outstanding special class animated program for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" as he makes his way to the stage during the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, California, in this June 2013 file photo.

In her unflinching ‘The Princess Diarist,’ Carrie Fisher reveals all the juicy details

By Meredith Woerner, Los Angeles Times (TNS) on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
It’s a tumbling look inside the mind of a young woman who is struggling to play it cool while dating a married man she prophetically knew would end up being the next big thing.
"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.

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.”
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.
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.