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On the Bedside Table: Cindy Kane

In late December, Tisbury resident Cindy Kane visited her husband Doron Katzman, who had recently sailed down to the Bahamas. For Vineyarders planning a getaway after this particularly rough patch of weather, we thought...

‘The Believers,’ Alfred Woollacott’s saga of hope and belief

Alfred Woollacott III has a huge family tree bristling with pioneer personalities and risk takers. The longtime Island resident has been busy for the past several years, climbing out on some nether branches to...

On The Bedside Table: Lara O’Brien

This week’s Bedside Table comes from Tisbury resident Lara O’Brien. The very best part of Christmas has been the gift of books from my children. Every year my son goes to the thrift store and...

Good sports

By Nelson Sigelman. 2017. $19.95. Available at Bunch of Grapes, Coop’s Bait and Tackle in Edgartown, and on amazon.com. Visit marthasvineyardoutdoors.com for more information. Of course Nelson Sigelman asked graphic artist Glenn Wolff to design...

‘Deadfall’ explores poaching and trophy hunting

Long-running cop-thriller series often contend with the problem of predictability and become kind of shopworn after multiple iterations. We get to know the recurring characters and the general plotlines. Then, the element of suspense,...

Walking it back

David Henry Thoreau was born more than 200 years ago, on July 12, 1817. No, that’s right. He was born “David Henry,” but he switched the names around, an arrangement that evidently suited him better....

Jack Fruchtman will make sense of Thomas Paine

Political turmoil of the sort currently roiling our country can make citizens anxious, defensive, and dangerously partisan. But if we calm down and try to view the chaos from a historical perspective, we have...

Conrad Neumann’s poetry describes the ocean world and the man who measured it

Sometimes this job is so damn good, I’d do it for nothing. Spending time recently with A. Conrad Neumann is an example. Mr. Neumann, 83, is a “cricker” born and raised, and he has published...

Chris Hayes is all in

America is divided today, but most Americans agree on one thing: Few on either side expected a Trump presidency in 2016. And while books on how and why and what happened are racing off...

Take your health into your own hands with the ‘Wellness Project’

Food and health writer, chef, and nutrition blogger Phoebe Lapine has just rounded the Big 3-0 for her birthday, which all of us who are decades older may remember wasn’t such a big deal...

‘To the New Owners’ is a meditation on gratitude

Pulitzer prizewinning writer Madeleine Blais has spent years examining the art of memoir writing with her journalism students at UMass Amherst, so it’s no surprise that “To the New Owners,” Ms. Blais’ memoir of...

Jessica Harris creates a world of glitterati artists in latest book

Jessica B. Harris of Oak Bluffs, New York, and New Orleans, is more than a cookbook writer, even though she’s written 12 of them. Some have earned her prestigious awards, including the recent IACP...

‘The Language of Angels’ tells the story of Hebrew’s revival

Summer Campground resident and prolific author Richard Michelson has published a new children’s book about the rebirth of the Hebrew language. “The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew” is the...

A conversation with children’s book author Elise Broach

I am flummoxed. I am trying to write about Elise Broach’s most recent book “The Wolf Keepers” (Henry Holt and Co.). Elise will be speaking on a panel about writing middle-grade fiction that I...

John Hough Jr. will discuss Styron’s ‘The Confessions of Nat Turner’

On Aug. 21, 1831, African American slave Nat Turner initiated one of this country’s 33 recorded slave rebellions. Mr. Turner led approximately 80 other slaves in a six-week rebellion in Southampton County, Va. The...

Vermont author says writing what you know isn’t always the best practice

Jeffrey Lent takes a hammer to the popular advice for young writers, “Write what you know,” and shatters it. In his new book, “Before We Sleep,” 17-year-old Katey Snow goes on a journey of...

Comedy comes calling

Annabelle Gurwitch, actress and bestselling author of “I See You Made an Effort,” and Adam Mansbach, madly successful journalist (the New Yorker and Esquire, folks) and the bestselling author of “Go the F___ to...

Peter Simon will discuss his new book at Chilmark library

Photographer Peter Simon will talk about and show slides from his new book “Martha’s Vineyard — To Everything There Is a Season” at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, July 5, at 5 pm....

Alexander Weinstein takes a fictional look at our future lives in ‘Children of the...

Buckle up before you read Alexander Weinstein’s “Children of the New World,” a collection of 13 wonderfully literate short stories about how we may live in the near future and beyond. Mr. Weinstein, director of...

Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson create real magic together in new fantasy novel

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical novelist and Vineyard native Nicole Galland comes the book that may be this summer's blockbuster — “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” a thriller of...