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Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“What We See When We Read: A Phenomenology with Illustrations,” by Peter Mendelsund. Vintage Books, New York, 2014. 419 pages, paperback. $16.95.“What We See When We Read” is a reading experience about the experience of reading fiction. Author and book cover designer (Knopf) Peter Mendelsund’s style — a meandering conversation that pauses to question, assert and reconsider...

Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future,” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. 104 pages. $9.95 paperback.

Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“Problems with People Stories” by David Guterson. Knopf, New York, 2014. 163 pages. $25.95.David Guterson, most well known for “Snow Falling on...

Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

“California” By Edan Lepucki. Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2014. 400 pages. $26.Author Edan Lepucki’s much-talked-about dystopian novel, “California,” cleaves to coincidence and...

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

It’s no surprise that Lois Lowry is such a prolific writer. The longtime Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident recalls spending her childhood as a voracious reader of all kinds of books, especially adult books that had young...

Posted Aug 4, 2014 at 1:01 AM

“’Til Dirt Do Us Part” By Edith Maxwell. Kensington Books, New York, 2014. 303 pages. $24.I want to recommend Massachusetts author Edith Maxwell’s newest and thoroughly entertaining cozy mystery,...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Since it was written by a colleague — Matthew Phillion, a fellow GateHouse Media journalist — I would have likely picked up “The Indestructibles” just as a show of support. But I challenge anyone to resist this...

Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“Lobster Rolls of New England: Seeking Sweet Summer Delight” Written by Sally Lerman, “The Lobster Gal” at lobstergal.com. Photos by Sally Lerman and Jane Shauck. Published by American Palate, a division of The...

Posted Jul 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Whether  it’s measured by the minute, the page or general enthusiasm, the 2014 Girard Public Library summer reading program for children and young adults was a success."We had a very good response to the program...

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

By Rae Padilla FrancoeurMore Content Now“The Empathy Exams” By Leslie Jamison. Graywolf Press, 2014. 226 pages. Paperback. $15.In the title essay of Leslie Jamison’s book, “The...

Posted Jul 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

It’s that time of year again when people are packing suitcases, loading up cars and hitting the road. Unless you’re like me and your money  has gone to pay for repairs rather than a vacation.But not to worry...

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