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Pieces of the pandemic

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The newly published book “Covid Monologues MV: Readings to Nourish, Inspire, & Connect” brings home the idea that it takes a village to survive a pandemic. The book is just part of editors Jennifer L....

Where’s the beef?

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When you order a $25 glass of red wine at a restaurant, you want to know all about where it came from. Why not ask the same questions about the beef you’re ordering?  For author...

Through his lens

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A first read of “Asia Calling: A Photographer's Notebook 1980-1997” will grab you, though not likely in ways you were expecting. Documentary photographer Ed Grazda has published a black-and-white photo book of 17 years of...

Book biz booms

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"Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me": That title has been rattling around my head for the past year. Richard Fariña’s 1966 cult-status novel about a 1960s lifestyle also has it...

Beloved beach

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As a young girl, Nicole Edmonds spent idyllic summers on the Vineyard, living near Nashawena Park, where she could walk to the Inkwell Beach every day to swim and play with her friends. Now...

Local lit

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Susan Branch’s memoir “Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams” is like reading a close friend’s diary — one who has an inventive, artistic bent and insightful mind. The book is offered in the Oak Bluffs...

Finding optimism with Michael J. Fox

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In his new book “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality,” actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, talks about how his signature optimism in the face of Parkinson’s disease was challenged after...

A chilly welcome

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Island author Chris Knowles has given us his 17th novel of political intrigue and his second involving Arctic territory. He is a child of the intelligence establishment, and a fiendish researcher of weapons, military data,...

New look at Island history

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A problem with seeing yourself as a know-it-all is that comeuppance is embarrassing. That thought came to my mind while reading Andrew C. Theokas’ “Martha’s Vineyard Through Time.” I’ve read a dozen histories of Martha’s...

‘Show Me a Sign’ recounts the deaf experience for young readers

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More happens to 11-year-old Mary Elizabeth Lambert in a single year than many of us experience in a lifetime. Ann Clare LeZotte’s novel “Show Me a Sign” is an unusual coming of age tale...

Judith Neeld’s ‘Collected Poems’

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In the pantheon of Vineyard poets, the late Judith Neeld reigns. Her “Collected Poems” illustrates how broad her reach and how deep her vision were, expressed particularly in her celebrations of the Vineyard. She perhaps...

Bedtime stories

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Last summer, there were many books that crossed the editors’ desks at The TImes, and a few of them were a good fit for young readers. Scott Magoon has a great sense of humor —...

An Island story

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Jennifer Blecher’s young adult novel “Out of Place” might feel like a foreign world to outsiders but residents and fans of Martha’s Vineyard will fit right in. Blecher, an Island native, has penned a...

Oak Bluffs by the book

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“In June 1955, the automobile trip from Long Island, New York, to Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard, was a journey … Today’s four hour, 250-mile drive was then an arduous nine to ten hours in...

Bringing Mary Jo into the light

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Updated July 19 Fifty years later, what we know, what we can take to the bank, is that Mary Jo Kopechne of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on the evening of July 18, 1969, on the island...

Books help navigate ‘terrific toddler’ years

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It all starts with a box of crayons, a dress-up hat, a tumble, a scrape, or the sight of Mama in her work clothes headed for the door. Then comes the dreaded shriek. Every...

‘Casting Into the Light’

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Janet Messineo has written a uniquely excellent fishing book. Sure, it’s about fishing, but that’s just one element in a memoir about her life inside and outside fishing.  “Casting Into the Light: Tales of a...

Women in wartime

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Martha Hall Kelly has a knack for knock-your-socks-off great first lines. Her debut novel, “Lilac Girls,” began, “If I’d known I was about to meet the man who’d shatter me like bone china on...

You’ll never look at hair the same

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Some books, films, and documentaries offer a narrative that changes the way audiences perceive a topic. Take “Jaws,” for example — the 1975 film literally scared people out of the water. Or “Food Inc.”...

From here to there

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Unless you fly, the steamship figures prominently in any travel plans to our Island. Tom Dresser weaves the history of the steamship in and out of his chapters on other Island forms of transportation. But...