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September 21, 2014; Updated: 4:45 pm
As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it's worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-American players began to establish their presence in the major leagues and would transform the sport.
September 21, 2014; Updated: 4:38 pm
Reading suggestions for children.
September 18, 2014; Updated: 2:16 pm
September 18, 2014; Updated: 1:57 pm
British authors Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud have a refreshing and new theory on feeling better and it’s called bibliotherapy.
September 14, 2014; Updated: 11:46 am
Wick Griswold has just published a book titled "Griswold Point: History From the Mouth of the Connecticut River," but as much as it is about place, the book is about the many famous, infamous, and fascinating people in the Griswold...
September 14, 2014; Updated: 2:49 pm
Roxane Gay may call herself a bad feminist - she cops to loving pink and dancing to misogynist music - but she is a badass writer.In her new collection of essays, "Bad Feminist," Gay argues that she needn't fit a mythologized image of a...
September 14, 2014; Updated: 3:46 pm
"The Endurance: Shackleton's Perilous Expedition in Antarctica" by Meredith Hooper, illustrated by M. P. Robertson, Abbeville Kids, 28 pages
September 11, 2014; Updated: 5:58 pm
There's one person who knew Keith Richards would become Keith Richards: his grandfather.
September 11, 2014; Updated: 12:13 pm
If you can read, you've probably figured out we live in a region blessed with an expansive batch of fine writers.In that spirit, the Second Annual Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library Local Authors Expo takes place Saturday...
September 11, 2014; Updated: 12:37 pm
I've often thought ancient Greek culture ultimately failed because no one could pronounce anyone else's name: Euripides, Aeschylus, Pisistrates ... no "Allen" or "Jimmy" to be found.I'd hoped we were finished with such things, but...
September 8, 2014; Updated: 7:00 pm
Novelists Laird Hunt and Matthew Thomas will be at an authors luncheon at Bank Square Books from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
September 7, 2014; Updated: 3:24 pm
It’s almost impossible to see Beethoven with fresh eyes. His music surrounds us, whether you know it or not, and those who can’t recognize a note of it surely recognize the archetype he inspired.
September 7, 2014; Updated: 2:41 pm
BOOKS TO BORROW"Amos & Boris" by William Steig, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 28 pages
September 6, 2014; Updated: 6:08 pm
Over the course of several books set in Europe during World War II, Hadlyme novelist James R. Benn has created a much-loved and indelible character named Billy Boyle.
September 4, 2014; Updated: 12:26 pm
Separately or together, siblings Kate and Jeff Battle might be thought of as underachievers. Still, things are looking up when Kate, struggling to finish her PhD dissertation, agrees to dog-sit for Jeff's new girlfriend, Kim. But when Kim...
August 31, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm
If you love solving crosswords, you know how it feels to be in the fraternity. There's the rush of matching wits with a mysterious puzzle-maker, the thrill of nailing an elusive answer and the satisfaction of filling in the final...
August 31, 2014; Updated: 6:33 pm
BOOKS TO BORROW
August 26, 2014; Updated: 3:48 pm
So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.
August 24, 2014; Updated: 11:43 am
I fall asleep to the glow of Netflix and, when I awake, begin the digital litany of my day: the relentless email and news, the Facebook and Twitter feeds, the blogs and mindless videos, and on and on. I remember somewhat vaguely when I...
August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:55 pm
BOOKS TO BORROW"The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi, Alfred A. Knopf, 32 pages
August 21, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm
It's a fun time to be a science fiction writer since Techno Geniuses come up with crazy new stuff every day for you to play with, plot-wise. You don't have to be Jules Verne.Still, Stephen Baker has taken a somewhat familiar concept...
August 19, 2014; Updated: 5:30 pm
Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
August 18, 2014; Updated: 12:35 pm
Jane Green of Westport wrote her 14th novel, "Family Pictures," cozying up to the fireplace at the Bee & Thistle Inn in Old Lyme last winter.
August 17, 2014; Updated: 7:44 pm
Haruki Murakami's new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past.
August 17, 2014; Updated: 3:49 pm
BOOKS TO BORROW