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Potter spins yarn of magic in trilogy debut

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Reviewed by Joseph Gresser Fantasy novels generally fall into the pattern set for the genre by J.R.R. Tolkien in his Lord of The Rings trilogy.  A group of men with swords, axes, clubs and other whacking and hacking implements go off to set a wrong to rights. ... More »

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An overdue look at a complicated subject

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copyright the chronicle September 4, 2013 The Disenfranchised, Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-spouse Dies, edited by Peggy Sapphire.  Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., Amityville, New York.  Paperback.  217 pages.  $49.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr Some tim... More »

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A practical guide to the future of farming

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Farms With a Future; Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, by Rebecca Thistlethwaite, foreword by Richard Wiswall, published by Chelsea Green in White River Junction, Vermont, 2013; paperback, 336 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar Rebecc... More »

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Hoagland novel tells tales of human courage

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Children are Diamonds, by Edward Hoagland.  Published by Arcade Publishing, New York, New York, 2013.  213 pages. $23.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre  What to think of a 30-something-year-old schoolteacher who got fired from his job in New Hampshire, absconded f... More »

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Tea Leaves explores the mother-daughter relationship

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by Bethany M. Dunbar copyright the Chronicle 5-15-2013 Tea Leaves; a memoir of mothers and daughters, by Janet Mason, published by Bella Books, Tallahassee, Florida, 2012, paperback, 202 pages, $15.95. I celebrated Mother’s Day pretty quietly this year.  My ow... More »

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Book review: A practitioner looks at puppet theater

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American Puppet Modernism: Essays on the Material World in Performance, by John Bell.  Published by Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2013; 280 pages, softbound, $28.00. Reviewed by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle 1-29-2013 When most people think of puppets... More »

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Second book in mystery series does not disappoint

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The Mystery of the Brick Kingdom, by Raymond C. Perkins Jr. of Derby Line, self-published, 140 pages, $4.99 for an e-book or $7.95 for a hard copy.  Half of the proceeds will be donated to the American Association for Cancer Research. Reviewed by Bethany M. Du... More »

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KokoCat is a cat book designed to give birds a break

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Author Lynda Graham-Barber’s mission is to help stray pets find homes by Bethany M. Dunbar copyright the Chronicle 11-7-2012 BARTON — The PETS of the Kingdom group has a booth in the Village Treasures store.  Author Lynda Graham-Barber of Newport Center has se... More »