• Nation building: Fenster’s book shows all sides of Jefferson

    Julie M. Fenster in “Jefferson’s America” tells us of his many interests, activities, and political situations. He saw himself more as a generalist and a scientific gentleman farmer than a politician and international operator. Fenster shows us all sides .

  • Exploring earth science fiction in ‘Trees’

    If ‘The Trees’ is science fiction, it’s earth science fiction. Sometimes the story is compelling, other times it’s just strange, though occasionally in a captivating way. It opens in England on a fall night like any this week. .

  • Fall a great time to discover these nonfiction titles

    Fall is such a great time for discovering new book titles. This season’s abundant offerings for adults present a wonderful assortment of debut authors, as well as a nice array of books from longtime favorites. Here are some of .

  • True believer: Marton dives into American turned Russian spy

    “True Believer” gives us a look into the fascinating life of Noel Field, a Swiss-born Quaker turned Communist turned spy turned prisoner turned propagandist. It is a story that is sad and, in a way, infuriating. Though he was, by .

  • ‘Commonwealth’ leaves readers wanting more

    ‘Commonwealth’ is the latest novel is by the beloved author of ‘Bel Canto,’ ‘The Patron Saint of Liars,’ ‘The Magician’s Assistant,’ ‘Run,’ ‘State of Wonder’ and other books. Unlike some other writers, novelist Ann Patchett’s books each has .

  • Some dehumanized dystopias for young adults

    October is — in my humble opinion — one of the best months of the year. The weather is consistently cool, the leaves are changing colors, and the full anticipation of Halloween is in the air. For me, enjoying this month means .

  • ‘Talking Stick’ offers better way to communicate for everyone

    To everyone’s misfortune, our nation’s presidential election is defined by unethical argumentation techniques: name- calling, false accusation, malicious slander, salacious conjecture, hostile provocation and vicious mockery, all offered as a plan for “winning.” The violence at the heart .

  • A bug’s life: How what we eat affects big picture health

    Since time immemorial, man has sought a potion, pill, liquid or other substance to protect and restore health, permit long life and maintain mental facilities. Today, some of us tend to look backward to the indefinite past, usually before the .

  • Mystery, intrigue and death in Bosnia

    “The Wolf of Sarajevo” is a contemporary tale of Bosnia. The violence that has beset Bosnia and its neighbors in what not so long ago was called Yugoslavia goes back centuries, but the novel starts in Srebrenica in July 1995. That .

  • Spooky books to spice up your fall reading

    It’s the right time of year for a good scare, and I happen to work with some serious connoisseurs of horror. When I asked my coworkers, they were happy to give frightening recommendations. Naturally, Stephen King was mentioned the .

  • Sci-fi thriller questions road less traveled ideas

    Jason Dessen has an ordinary but happy life. He and his wife both gave up promising careers in order to focus more on their family — he was a groundbreaking quantum mechanics researcher and she was a trendsetting artist. However, they’.

  • Novel sheds light on invention of electricity

    It’s unlikely that many Americans today care much about a lawsuit — actually several hundred lawsuits — between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The lawsuits, most for copyright infringement, that Edison filed against Westinghouse and its many subsidiaries and the countersuits .


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