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  • 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

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    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

    Pecoraro

    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,

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    ‘King Peggy’ an inspirational figure, read

    It isn’t often that one encounters a lady king, particularly one who also works as a secretary in the United States. This is truly a modern day Cinderella story that is actually happening today. Peggielene Bartels was born in Ghana in 1953. Her family was

  • Books | October 18, 2014

    ‘Made You Look’ peeks into overflowing river of advertising

    The television drama has you hooked. You’re on pins and needles, anticipating the clencher, when an ad abruptly flashes across the screen. And now you’ll have to suffer as you sit through a string of unrelated commercials, waiting and cursing, until at last


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