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Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 10:11 AM

“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” by Judd Apatow. Random House, 2015. $27. Since I usually review books I like, it’s a short hop, skip and jump to this: “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy” is about as perfect a summer read as you’re going to get this summer. Television and movie producer, comedian and comedy writer Judd Apatow’s new book is crammed with...

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 11:54 AM

“Brutality,” by Ingrid Thoft. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2015. 452 pages. $26.95.The young and successful Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow has found an M.O. that works wonders. She pesters...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Matthew Quick has looked through the silver lining.“It’s funny, when you start writing you say, ‘I want to be a fiction writer’ and you really have no idea what that means,” said Quick. When his...

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 11:08 AM

There are certain types of books and movies that have fascinated me for so long that I have no idea when I first encountered them. It just seems like they’ve always been a part of my life. I have loved “film noir”...

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

“Farmed and Dangerous,” by Edith Maxwell. Kensington Books, New York, 2015. $25.As if Cameron Flaherty, the intrepid farmer trying to grow a business and organic produce on Boston’s North Shore,...

Posted Jun 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM

It’s that most wonderful time of the year—the library’s summer reading program began June 1st! We’re again offering adults (& by that we mean readers 18 and older) the opportunity to “Escape the...

Posted Jun 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

A series of actions in the last week has left the Girard Public Library with a new director.At the Girard Library Board’s May 27 meeting, board member Susie Thom moved that Barbara Bailey be named director of the library effective...

Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 9:49 AM

The summer stretches for miles, and you’ve got plans.You’re going to pack each day with as much fun as you can. It’s gonna be great — although, admit it: by the time summer ends, you’ll be a little...

Posted May 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Brenda Banks of Arma City Library, Carol Pearson of Hepler City Library and Bev Clarkson and Ann Dee Peterson of Pittsburg Public Library attended the Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS) Bus Trip to Makeover Libraries on May 14, 2015. Five...

Updated May 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM

“New England Open House Cookbook,” by Sarah Leah Chase. Workman Publishing, New York, 2015. 400 pages. $22.95.There as many reasons to like “New England Open House Cookbook” by Sarah Leah...

Updated May 20, 2015 at 10:16 AM

“The Light of the World.” By Elizabeth Alexander. Grand Central Publishing, New York, 2015. 209 pages. $26.“Ficre the miracle,” writes poet, essayist and professor Elizabeth Alexander about her...

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