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Growing up in New Hartford, New York, Grace Lin and her two sisters were the only Chinese-American girls in her elementary school.  Lin’s parents immigrated from Taiwan and still spoke … more
It was the summer of the book for me; but, I was busy this fall and the books piled up. I also read some sequels and books in series that were just so-so. But, below are some I liked (and I might give a few for holiday gifts). What … 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
Mai Donohue said she was a bad little girl while growing up in Vietnam many years ago. "The first time I run away, I was six years old," said Mrs. Donohue, who moved to Barrington in 1974. "My … more
I’ve been traveling the world this summer, with books set in England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Iceland and Stockholm. And, now I’ve been to Cambodia, Vietnam, Shanghai, … more
Winter has arrived. Reading has moved indoors and become one of the comforts that keep the cold weather at bay. Curl up with a good book and take a break from the wind and snow. “Joyland” (2013) by Stephen King. I love Stephen King’s … more
Anna Solomon grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts at the end of a long dirt driveway in the middle of the woods. Below her house was a large field with a few pear trees in it which always seemed to … more
The advent of autumn brings slightly more serious books instead of the briny, beach reads, light romances and ghost stories of summer. “Burial Rites” (2013) by Hannah Kent. This dark, … 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
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
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