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‘Sophie Last Seen’

The central character in Marlene Adelstein’s book isn’t even there. Six years after losing her daughter Sophie, her mother Jesse’s entire life revolves around finding her. She has not moved on and, in fact,...

Wild life

Read this book: “The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard.” And if you want to do your Island visitors a favor next summer, have a copy of it on the end table. Here’s why: They come...

‘On the Same Page’ hits close to home

While any number of writers have chosen the Vineyard as the setting for their novels, the action generally takes place during the summer months, using the backdrop of the Island in full swing as...

Power in elements

Regina Powers interweaves her healing journey, patient case studies, and a strong belief in traditional Chinese medicine in her book, “What Color Is Your Medicine?” She wrote the book in two months, and sees...

Birthday book

A lot of celebrating was going on at Camp Jabberwocky last Tuesday evening. First and foremost, it was Cy Brigish’s surprise 50th birthday celebration — and that of being a Jabberwocky camper for 40...

LaShonda Katrice Barnett presents a book talk at Oak Bluffs library

On Saturday, August 4, famed author, playwright, professor, and radio personality LaShonda Katrice Barnett will be at the Oak Bluffs library at 11 am to speak about her book “Jam on the Vine,” and...

Richard Russo on life and writing

There’s nothing like an overnight success to make our hearts leap up. Best-selling, Pulitzer prizewinning novelist Richard Russo became an overnight success in 2001 with the publication of his fifth novel, “Empire Falls,” which won...

Flying high

You don’t need to be an avian aficionado to delight in Rob Bierregaard’s captivating book, “Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight,” superbly illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. One of the elements that makes the book...

Affordable living

We are increasingly dazed and confused about our place in a nation that does not resemble the place and the people we thought we were and should be. Now comes author and advocacy journalist Alissa...

Whale of a tale

For anyone who’s ever been fortunate enough to see a behemoth whale in open water, it’s unimaginable that five or six men, in only 30-foot boats on the roaring seas, had to get close...

A study of sisters

Emily Cavanagh, an insightful, evocative author, shared her newest book, “This Bright Beauty” with a rapt audience at the West Tisbury library on a Saturday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. Cavanagh, a resident...

Something shady

If you expect wedding bells at Victoria Trumbull’s house for her distant cousin Penny Arbuthnot, you will be sorely disappointed. A dead body hanging in Victoria’s cellar is just the first hitch. The fact...

Bedside Table: Connie Berry

I’m a late bloomer when it comes to my reading list; I’ve only just discovered some books that I’ve heard people talk about for years. And like the rest of my life, my list...

On the Bedside Table: Chris Silva

As I write about what’s on my bedside table to read I must confess a fairly strong smartphone addiction. The phone isn’t there ‘cause I’m using it to take the pic (of course) but...

Reading Nancy

Three frames of a comic strip with three words repeated three times inspired two men to spend some 30 years writing a book. The three frames were from the strip “Nancy,” by Ernie Bushmiller,...

Bedside Table: Nicole Galland

First off, I have to fess up to owning an (early-generation) Kindle, which you can see poking out of the bottom of the pile; I almost never use it, but I recently got back...

Bedside Table: Lily Cowper

These books are not my all-time favorites; they are sitting here because I have ordered them off Amazon and now I must own them forever. I don’t know why I bought them, because I...

Bedside Table: Nancy Slonim Aronie

This is not my bedside table because it is too cold for us to read in bed. But it’s where the books and magazines and candles and cereal bowls are. It’s a small cabin....

Bedside Table: Perry Garfinkel

Quite a while ago my bedside table had runneth over with books, which spilleth onto nearby wicker chair waiting for a raison d'être. This pile reflects my severe case of ADD. I read mostly...

Bedside Table: Lynn Van Auken

Oak Bluffs resident Lynn Van Auken sent this to us on December 29, 2017. The top shelf books are either current reads or next-ups.  This month's OB School Library book is “Swim That Rock,” by...