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  • Books | November 09, 2014

    Hope, mystery surround rare buffalo calf

    In August, a white buffalo calf was born at Armstrong Creek Bison, northeastern Wisconsin, and Native American peoples across the nation celebrated this portent of great blessings. According to Lakota Sioux legend, the white buffalo calf is a sacred omen representing the care and protection

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    What’s the big deal about the Big Read?


    In Manhattan, we are honoring veterans with this year’s Big Read program by choosing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about the war in Vietnam, “The Things They Carried.” Though the days of the Vietnam War are long gone, that conflict remains a

  • Books | November 09, 2014

    Story of the ‘Evil’ side of Rome

    Michele Balistreri’s Rome is not the Rome tourists see. The Trevi Fountain, the Forum and the Spanish Steps get a few mentions, as do the Borghese Garden. Balistreri even pays several visits to the Vatican. But his Rome is much grittier, and includes not

  • Books | November 02, 2014

    Past and present, beauty and deterioration blur in ‘Unravished’

    A recurring theme within Hester Kaplan’s 2014 short-story collection, “Unravished,” is the disillusionment between an individual within a larger community and that which was once beautiful. In “Unravished,” the book’s title story, for instance, Alice, the protagonist, struggles between wanting and refusing the housing

  • Books | November 02, 2014

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, read up on its history


    The holiday season is upon us and we’re counting down to Thanksgiving. I like Thanksgiving; for a major holiday, it remains relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s comparatively free of the cumbersome traditions, frenetic activities, and crippling expenditures that come with some holidays (I’

  • Books | November 02, 2014

    ‘All the Light’ shines with perspective

    “All the Light We Cannot See” is a beautifully crafted story that depicts World War II through the eyes of two teenagers: Marie-Laure, who grows up in Paris, and Werner, who grows up an orphan in Germany. Their lives are very different, but they intertwine

  • Books | November 02, 2014

    ‘Approval Fix’ seeks world of honesty

    Many individuals want to be liked. They are consistent in their desire to please others. Why does it matter so much to seek approval from your wife, husband, best friend, mother or father, brother or sister, company boss and even strangers? These people share in

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    Pack your bags: ‘Ile Sordou’ transports reader to French island

    “Murder on the Ile Sordou” is the fourth in the series of “Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal mysteries,” the others being “Death at the Chateau Bremont,” “Murder in the Rue Dumas,” and “Death in the Vines.” After reading one of the previous books, I became hooked

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    Grab a cookbook: It’s never too late to celebrate World Pasta Day


    Nothing says Italy like pasta. Some historians believe that Marco Polo introduced noodles to Italy after his journeys to China. There is evidence, however, that the Romans used durum wheat to make a pasta-like noodle called “lagane.” By the 1300’s, dried pasta had gained popularity

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    ‘Wind Is Not A River’ excels with emotion

    Author Brian Payton has written of what is sometimes referred to as America’s “unknown war,” the 1942 Japanese occupation of Attu and Kiska. These two islands are in the Aleutian Archipelago which extends for over a thousand miles west of Alaska. They are freezing, windswept,

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