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Updated Mar 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM

As a boy, Michael White was consigned to the “slow group” in school. He seemed to have trouble concentrating.In fact, White — who went on earn a Ph.D. — turned out to be a poet. He had a habit of locking onto objects and focusing on them obsessively, often to the neglect of whatever his teachers wanted him to be doing.That knack, or flaw, served him well in “Travels in Vermeer,” a memoir of his obsession with the 17th-century...

Updated Mar 17, 2015 at 10:09 AM

“Little Black Lies,” by Sandra Block. Grand Central Publishing, New York and Boston, 2015. 352 pages. $15 paperback.Who do you believe? Your psychiatrist? Your mother? Your brother? Maybe not. Dr. Zoe Goldman, a...

Updated Mar 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM

“It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” By Lynsey Addario. Penguin Press, New York, 2015. 357 pages. $29.95.Extraordinary lives sometimes yield extraordinary books.

Updated Mar 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

“My Sunshine Away” By M.O. Walsh. Amy Einhorn Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2015. 320 pages. $26.95.For the boy coming of age in Baton Rouge in the early 1990s in M.O. Walsh’s gorgeous novel...

Updated Feb 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

A snowstorm on Saturday kept many people indoors and out of the wintry mix, but that didn't stop the annual spring book sale at Pittsburg Public Library. "We always say that even if it's snowing or the weather is bad and you can't do...

Posted Feb 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Think of it like a library card that they're not using yet.Pittsburg City Commissioners approved an increase in the cap on how much the Pittsburg Public Library can raise its property tax levy from 6 mills to 8 mills. The increase is for...

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 4:14 PM

While some eager viewers are champing at the bit (or ball gag, as the case may be) for this weekend’s big-screen release of “50 Shades of Grey,” we’re more in the mood for levity than the lash. If the raunch of...

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM

“Rizzoli & Isles: Die Again,” by Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine Books, New York, 2014. 330 pages. $27.“Die Again,” Maine author Tess Gerritsen’s newest Rizzoli & Isles mystery thriller,...

Updated Jan 26, 2015 at 3:18 PM

“The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50” by Joan Price. Cleis Press, 2015. 396 pages. $22.95.Yes, it’s true. There’s plenty of romance after 50. And because I’m writing for family...

Updated Jan 19, 2015 at 1:58 PM

“The Silent Girls,” by Eric Rickstad. HarperCollins, New York. 416 pages. $11.99 paperback, available Jan. 25, 2015. E-book available now.If you think a gothic northern Vermont mystery might harmonize nicely with...

Updated Jan 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM

“Essays After Eighty” by Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston/New York, 2014. 144 pages. $22.When a friend told me she decided not to buy poet and essayist Donald Hall’s “Essays After...

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