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  • 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.

    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.