Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Richard Russo’s memoir “Elsewhere,” about his life with his mother, Jean, is well-written beautiful, witty and empathetic. It feels like his best work yet.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
The Yankees are out. The Mets and Red Sox were never even close. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anyone to root for locally in the 2012 World Series.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Despite the Internet and digital e-books, people are still reading traditional books, and libraries throughout the region hold used book sales as a fundraiser.
Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Opening a box of new books was like opening presents under the tree on Christmas morning. Janet Hutchison would run around to her staff and press one of the new books into their hands.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
After 30 years of running an independent bookstore in the heart of downtown Schenectady, the owners of the Open Door Bookstore have announced they will soon retire.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
Junot Diaz loves writing about conflicted characters. “Characters who have all the answers and know exactly how to live and how to always do the right thing give off very little heat in a story,” he said. Diaz has just published his third book “This Is How You Lose Her.” It is a collection of linked stories exploring love, passion and heartbreak.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
By now most people have formed an opinion about Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind the astonishing $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme. That opinion is most likely one of disgust, anger and disbelief that someone could commit such an atrocity. Yet after reading “The Wizard of Lies” by Diana B. Henriques, my view of Madoff has changed somewhat. I now see the human failings of the man, and I’m amazed at how he was able to pull off such a scam.
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
The owners of the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vt., have signed a letter of intent to locate a large bookstore in a new building that will be built on Broadway.
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Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
When filling out college applications, in addition to listing that she is on the cross-country team and was assistant director for the middle school Drama Club, 16-year-old Erin Billings can say she is a published author.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
Clear, witty writing and capable research make “Oreos & Dubonnet” — this whimsically titled book about Gov. Nelson Rockefeller — one of the best about New York state government.