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  • 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 .

  • ‘Crows’ a story of betrayal, greed, love and waffles

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer In Ketterdam, nothing speaks louder than cold hard cash. From the upscale merchers making trades in the Exchange to the flashy gang members hustling marks in the back alleys of the Barrel, money is the key .

  • Novel takes on questions of life and death

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer Death has been eradicated. There is no sickness, no murder, no war, no injury you cannot be revived from. The only way to permanently leave the world is to be chosen for gleaning by a Scythe, .

  • Train murder story brings Victorian era to life

    As it did in the United States, rail traffic — freight and passenger trains — changed England. Travel went from 5 or 10 miles per hour to an unheard-of 50mph. It opened up new worlds and made some people long for the slow old .

  • Read the stories that led to Oscar-nominated films

    Every year the buzz around the Oscars focuses on the gowns and the gossip, but this long-standing American tradition is really about telling stories. The 2017 Oscars offer the usual spectrum of brilliantly-told tales, with many of them based on books .

  • ‘Libertarians’ examines the Wilders, Little House books

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer Through their iterations as genre-defining children’s books and a popular television series, the Little House books are and have always been popular works. Five of the books were named Newbery Honor Books, one of the .

  • In ‘Wealthy,’ author gives the ‘financial’ talk

    Some things we just do not talk about except under special circumstances. Two are our sexual practices and our financial affairs. “I Want to be Wealthy” is the financial analog of “the talk” about sexual matters that our parents gave .


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