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What would you do?

The Returned

What would you do if your loved ones came back from the dead?

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is an impressive, moving debut novel about an unlikely friendship and the life stories shared during a cross-country drive to a funeral.   The two

An apple red as blood...

A poisoned apple, the needle of a spinning wheel, a trail of bread crumbs …

New Year's Resolutions

I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions, admittedly because I’ve never accomplished one in my life.

Homemade Gifts and More!

Every year for the holidays I try to include something homemade in my gift repertoire. I’ve made candles, soap and pillows.

Want to listen to an arresting audio book?

Then listen to The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent., a compelling historical novel that is primarily set in the Andover-Billerica area of Massachusetts in the 1690s.  The narrator

Thought Provoking Summer Reading

In the summer I, like many people, tend to focus on light reading. And, I’m usually pretty good at it.

Review: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

This was an engrossing read, but it was not what I expected.  With her debut novel Walker has depicted a world uncomfortably familiar to our own.  The book is centered on a young girl and

Review: A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennett Conant

This is a fascinating book, but I felt it was less about Julia and Paul Child than about their friend and OSS (Office of Strategic Services) colleague, Jane Foster.

Cookbooks Galore!

Purchasing cookbooks for the library is the most challenging part of my job. I’ve come to terms with it by acknowledging we all have some responsibilities that we struggle with more than others.

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