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  • ‘Rogue One’ novel dives into characters’ minds

    Ashley Bergner Contributing writer It’s easy to dismiss movie novelizations as sub-par literature. They’re different from pre-existing books that are then adapted to film; they’re not always the best-written books, and they often come across as little .

  • Slavery, family story starts slow

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer The synopsis for this book had one of my “sign me up” phrases: upstairs- downstairs drama. Toss in magic with a societal power imbalance and I’m in. Gilded Cage takes place in contemporary Britain where .

  • In baseball story, big personalities collide

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer I can tell you right off the bat that if you aren’t interested in baseball, you can safely stop reading this review, as there’s little chance you’ll like “The Pine Tar Game.” Of .

  • Book recommendations for young naturalists and outdoor lovers

    Early spring days of tree buds and hungry birds make me look for books that include the outdoors. Here are some great new children’s books for nature lovers. “Applesauce Weather,” by award-winning poet Helen Frost, is a gentle story .

  • Author blends Native culture with mysteries

    “Winter’s Child” is the latest in the author’s engrossing series of Wind River Mysteries, set on the Wind River Indian reservation in central Wyoming. Author Margaret Coel is an historian by training and is an expert on the .

  • In ‘Prisoner,’ CIA agent turns his back on US

    Wayne, as he calls himself, has had a distinguished career in the CIA, excelling at every posting, including those in combat zones, and he’s reached the agency’s inner circle of decision makers. He’s young and talented enough .

  • With so many to choose from, judge a book by its cover

    The cover is bright blue and neon yellow with a bright pink spine. That is how “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal caught my eye. On the back she describes the cover of a book as being .

  • ‘Shackleton’s Heroes’ is a mess of diary entries, lacks explanation

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance party in Antarctica is one of the most amazing exploration stories in known history. That a man could be stranded on that vast icy desert with a .

  • Roth creates a new set of planets

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer Since 2011, Veronica Roth has been a single-franchise name. From the core “Divergent” trilogy to the accompanying movies, she’s been deeply entrenched in the dystopian Chicago that put her name on the literary map. “Carve the .

  • Novel provides window into Syrian conflict

    Author Elliot Ackerman is a journalist, former White House Fellow, and Marine veteran who served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has covered the Syrian War since 2013 and is also the author of the novel “Green on Blue.” Not .

  • Columnist witty in criticizing candidates

    Bob Funk Contributing writer Maureen Dowd, a columnist for the New York Times, has known and covered both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for decades. In her recently published “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics,” she .

  • Celebrate Irish-American month by learning about the culture

    If your ancestry is Irish, you share that fact with 39.6 million other Americans. Irish Americans make up about 12 percent of the population of the United States. In Boston, they account for more than 20 percent of the city’s population, and .





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