Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Books

From must-haves to need-nots

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In her lushly illustrated new book, “The Need-Not Artist,” Island author Kasha Ritter provides bite-size tidbits about how to be a successful artist. She fills the handsome work with personal stories, descriptions of her...

Around the Bookstore: Literary flowers blooming

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That old saying “April showers bring May flowers” is true for me. Sitting at the register, looking out at Main Street in April means more than just showers. Though, goodness, there seem to be...

In Gandhi’s footsteps

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So there I was minding my own business back in about 2007-8, living in West Tisbury at the wonderful Milton Mazer House, after my last book, “Buddha or Bust,” was published, staring at the...

What would you say about race?

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“Mom’s people owned slaves. Dad’s were.” “Native American. Voiceless in race conversations.” “Hispanic doctor is not an oxymoron.” “No white woman cooks like that.” “I can’t leave without my receipt.” “White husband became Iranian September 11th.” “With kids, I’m dad....

Around the Bookstore: Female authors

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March has arrived. There are a few hints of spring, with stretches of gray and rain, and more than a small amount of pummeling by the weather, which always puts me in the mood...

Books and music

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MVY Radio, the nonprofit radio station located in West Tisbury, and broadcasting throughout the world via internet, is currently hosting something that's a bit of a departure from their usual mix of music and...

Losing loved ones

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A single shot changed 8-year-old Lily’s life forever in Elaine Kelliher’s “Do You Think I Cried Too Long?” The author writes, “A shotgun blast pierced Lily’s ears, causing her temples to pulse and her...

Novel ideas

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The LGBTQI+ Book Club at the West Tisbury library has been going strong since February 2023. Library director Alexandra Pratt explains that the club came about as a response to patrons saying that they...

WHOI: Deep dive

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Recently the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published its first children's book — a deep sea dive into a world that most of us will never witness outside of photos. “Where the Weird Things...

Farming and prose

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Scott Chaskey’s new book, “Soil and Spirit: Cultivation and Kinship in the Web of Life,” is an ode to nature in many ways. It brims with personal essays and poems in which he intermingles...

Of friends and frogs

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Kanta Lipsky, who lives on the Vineyard, says she is a big fan of the tree frog commonly referred to as spring peepers, but affectionately called pinkletinks on the Island. Her second children’s book...

Road trip recollections

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Lorraine Parish’s new book, “Miles to San Miguel,” is part confessional memoir and part road trip journal, from the Vineyard to her new life in Mexico. Parish opens with a prologue where she is on...

The 2023 Vineyard literary list

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Most of the 2023 year-end book lists we’ve been reading are categorized by genre. Not this one. This impressive list of books published in 2023 will be sorted into categories that those of us...

Smitten scribes

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The thoughtful and inspiring new book “Black Love Letters,” by Cole Brown and Natalie Johnson is an extraordinary read. Brown, a seasonal Vineyarder, met Johnson when they were summering here as kids. While conceived...

A serene Sunday morning becomes a nightmare

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You could fill a long shelf with books written about Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 82 years ago, and yet Marc Favreau of West Tisbury has found a niche not taken. “Attacked!” is...

Around the Bookstore

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Here it is, right in front of us, the Great American Feast, Thanksgiving, the beacon that next comes the gift-giving holidays, a sharing of things we hope others will love as much as we...

A whole new world

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Guinevere Turner begins her memoir, “When the World Didn’t End,” with a punch: “On Jan. 5, 1975, the world was going to end. All the World People were going to be wiped off the...

Ties that bind

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When you’ve worked for newspapers as long as I have, you're bound to have congratulated more than one colleague on their new book. This is my turn to applaud Bill Eville’s “Washed Ashore.” Like...

Under observation 

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“What else?” James W. Jennings asks in the opening paragraph of his debut novel, which is based on his experience as a substitute teacher in the New York City school system, as a writer...

Writing and poetry at Pathways

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The Chilmark Tavern, Pathways’ winter gathering space, will once again be hopping on Tuesday nights. Ron Slate has arranged an impressive array of readers for this year’s Writing and Poetry Tuesdays lineup. As always,...