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Books: ‘Costalegre’ by Courtney Maum

What I like about “Costalegre,” the new novel by Courtney Maum; 
• it has lists and drawings 
• the book is a diary 
• the neglected 15 year old’s observations 
• the way she makes lists of things that seem unrelated, names of tropical plants, what she does and doesn’t like about other characters, 

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A Girl Finds Her True Self In Wartime New York City

Books: ‘City of Girls’

Like a dip in cool Lake Wononscopomuc after a steamy afternoon of gardening, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “City of Girls” refreshed me, invigorated me. It might be my pick for novel of the summer, particularly for us girls. 

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New Edition Of Margaret Roach’s Garden Book

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If we had a Gardening Laureate like our Poet Laureate,  I would appoint our New York neighbor Margaret Roach, who has a weekly radio show broadcast from WHDD, (Robin Hood Radio in Sharon), writes a weekly blog called A Way to Garden, does a podcast of the same name, while managing her 2.3 acre garden in Copake Falls, opening it for educational and how-to talks, and writes important gardening books. (Phew)

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In Spite of History, The Tribal Heart Beats On

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A Modern Love Story by the Young Irish Writer Everyone Is Talking About

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Biography and Fiction Merge in ‘Dawson’s Fall’

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Marijuana Book Leaves More Questions Than Answers

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Alex Berenson is a former reporter for The New York Times, for which he covered subjects ranging from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to the drug industry. His newest book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” is the culmination of his conclusions on the latter, contextualized with research pulled from multiple disciplines. But while his research seems thorough, and he has clearly made up his own mind, the book itself leaves a lot to be desired for such a controversial topic.

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Curating The Land

Books: ‘Garden Wild’

Rich people (and wannabes) — take note — a landscaping revolution is underway. It is time to reconsider those shocking pink azaleas and blindingly green Zoysia lawns that seemed so right when you were building your first Mc Mansion. 

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Schwartz Discusses ‘Red Daughter’ at The White Hart May 21

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The White Hart Speakers Series in conjunction with Oblong Books and the Scoville Memorial Library will present Jonathan Burnham Schwartz reading from his new book “The Red Daughter,” a sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of Joseph Stalin.  Novelist John Burnham Schwartz’s father was the young lawyer who escorted Alliluyeva to the United States after she defected in 1967. 

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Passion, Exile, A Father Who’s A Horrific Murderer

Books: ‘The Red Daughter’

I was first introduced to John Burnham Schwartz’s writing 20 years ago when he published the harrowing and beautifully written Reservation Road. It is a woven personal history, told through the eyes of a variety of characters, and centered around the tragic death of child. So, when I was asked to review his new novel, “The Red Daughter,” I was thrilled to find myself back in his narrative world, which has only gained power. I read this novel in two sittings, interrupted only once by a brief phone call from my daughter on Mother’s Day. 

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