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  • Book review: Wright book offers insights into Scientology

    September 20th, 2018

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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.