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  • Book review: Wright book offers insights into Scientology

    September 20th, 2018
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    This is not a book review, but rather a book awareness. It is likely that you’ve come across the term Scientology.


    Book review: Magnusson book explores ‘death cleanings,’ or reducing possessions

    September 13th, 2018
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    We like our stuff. During our lifetime, we tend to collect a lot of stuff, sometimes intentionally, sometimes by benign neglect.


    Book review: In ‘A Fatal Grace,’ electrocution occurs on a lake during a curling match

    September 6th, 2018
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    Louise Penny’s “A Fatal Grace” is the second book in the “Chief Inspector Gamache” series. Like its predecessor, it is set in Three Pines, Quebec.


    Book review: ‘Sing Unburied Sing’ depicts wandering spirits

    August 24th, 2018
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    Narrated through the eyes of several of the main characters, Jesmyn Ward’s 2017 novel “Sing Unburied Sing” is unique. Richie, one of the narrators, is a ghost, one of the unburied.


    Book review: Aldo Leopold’s daughter reflects on work at family shack near Baraboo

    August 16th, 2018
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    Estella B. Leopold, the youngest of the Leopold children, has written about her experiences at “The Shack,” the setting of Aldo Leopold’s famous “Sand County Almanac.”


  • Book review: Louise Penny sustains sleight of hand in ‘Still Life’

    June 21st, 2018
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    When book club meetings get spaced out for summer, there’s time for asking your librarian to find a mystery series you haven’t sampled. The result in this case is the “Inspector Gamache” series by Louise Penny.


    Letter to the editor: Local columnist could be added to County Line

    June 6th, 2018
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    Though obviously I can’t speak for the County Line, I believe there is room for an additional regular columnist in the paper if someone is interested.


    Book review: Setting of David Rhodes’ novel ‘Jewelweed’ depicts Driftless region

    May 2nd, 2018
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    “Jewelweed” is Rhodes’ second novel following his lengthy absence from publication. Like “Driftless” before it, “Jewelweed” is set near the fictional community of Words, Wisconsin, in the west-central Driftless region.


    Book review: ‘The Wonder’ depicts controversy of miracle girl in 17th century Ireland

    April 18th, 2018
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    Donoghue’s novel “The Wonder” is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by reports of similar “fasts.” In the middle 1800s in Ireland, it was reported that an 11-year-old girl had eaten nothing for four months.


    Book review: Logan memoir re-creates time, place, a family

    April 12th, 2018
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    Near the end of his book “Population 485,” Michael Perry writes, “ … I’ve got the sense to keep returning [to] this land, in this place, with these people …. ”


    Book review: Michael Perry’s ‘Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time’

    April 5th, 2018
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    Norwalk, 634; Ontario, 554; Wilton, 503; New Auburn, “Population: 485.” Besides similar populations, each of these communities has at least one thing in common: each has a volunteer fire department.