Book Review
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"Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf Short, simple, and sweet—but, oh, so very sweet! Such is Kent Haruf's final book, "Our Souls at Night." The recipient of so many awards, including the National Book Award, the Whiting Foundation … more
Saying farewell to summer is hard, but fall brings a new season for reading curled up inside with an apple or a cup of tea and a cookie — and maybe sitting outside on sunny afternoons as the leaves begin to turn. I got some great little gala … more
Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin When Wednesday Martin moves with her husband and toddler to Manhattan's Upper East Side, she experiences cultural shock. It is a socially and culturally opposite environment from The West … more
Here are three books about education, debunking the prevailing wisdom about college choice, examining social trends impacting academic success, and the science behind childhood achievement. "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to … more
Rhode Island Center for the Book recently selected Barrington author Jamie Michalak's "Joe and Sparky Go to School" as the Rhode Island submission for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Rhode Island authors … more
If there is young person old in your life who is looking for some fun summer reading, any of these books would make a perfect companion on a lazy afternoon. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabstein A great book for … more
By Lynda Rego Summer reads can be a little lighter than those that tickle our fancy in the cold, winter months. This time of year, I turn to guilty pleasures as much as more serious reads and mix in some mysteries, ghost stories and romances. … more
Two authors with strong ties to Barrington are among those whose works have been nominated for 2016 RI Teen Book Awards. Peter Johnson, who is a Barrington resident and who regularly visits local schools to talk about his books, is the … more
'The Dinner' by Herman Koch The narration of Herman Koch's very unusual story takes place entirely during the courses of a dinner at a high-end restaurant in Holland. This place has been selected by Serge Lohman, candidate for Prime … more
'Beautiful Day' by Elin Hilderbrand Every girl dreams of a picture-perfect wedding day, as does Jenna Carmichael, the bride in Elin Hilderbrand's most recent novel "Beautiful Day." The sad fact is that Jenna's beloved but … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.