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  • 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.

    Book review: Carol Ann Ross’ ‘The Days of Hairawn Muhly’ depicts 1930s–40s romance

    March 29th, 2018

    My wife Arlis and I have been fortunate enough to take “spring break” trips the last several years. This year, our destination was Savannah, Ga., a place we had never been.

    Book review: ‘Evicted’ explores lives of eight Milwaukee families living in poverty

    March 22nd, 2018

    According to “Evicted” author Matthew Desmond, studies of poverty tend to explain inequality in one of two ways: “structural forces”; i.e., massive transformations of the economy, or “individual deficiencies.”

  • Book review: ‘Magpie Murders’ whodunit focuses on crime writer

    March 15th, 2018

    The Ontario Public Library book club has introduced me to another mystery writer: Anthony Horowitz.

    Book review: Classic murder mystery an exercise in deductive reasoning

    February 28th, 2018

    In 2011, Agatha Christie was credited with being the most published author of all time by publisher Harper Collins.

    Book review: Eric Larson’s ‘Dead Wake’ depicts suspense, romance of Lusitania episode

    February 15th, 2018

    “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” is a work of nonfiction. Often with a work of nonfiction, there is the accusation that some of it has been fictionalized.

    Book review: ‘America: (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction’ offers humor, ‘alternative facts’

    February 1st, 2018

    This book is very loosely based on a true story (history) using “alternative facts.” For example, Thomas Jefferson writes the foreword.

    Book review: ‘White Working Class’ addresses middle class feeling of desertion

    January 25th, 2018

    By LARRY BALLWAHN | Wilton
    Joan William’s book “White Working Class” is a readable (134 clearly written pages) explanation of the current state of the real “middle class” in America.

    Book review: What to read can be a mystery

    January 3rd, 2018

    Other than “The House on Pooh Corner,” the books I’ve reviewed are nonfiction. But for purely recreational reading, it’s hard to beat detective-type fiction.