BOOKS: The ABC Murders: Agatha Christie | Local News

BOOKS: The ABC Murders: Agatha Christie |  Local News

“Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile” may be the more famous Hercule Poirot mysteries but Agatha Christie’s “The ABC Murders” is right up there with them. It may be even better. But that could be because “ABC” is much lesser known than “Orient Express” and “Nile.” But that is only part … Read more

What We Gain from a Good Bookstore

What We Gain from a Good Bookstore

“Will the day come where there are no more secondhand bookshops?” the poet, essayist, and bookseller Marius Kociejowski asks in his new memoir, “A Factotum in the Book Trade.” He suspects that such a day will not arrive, but, troublingly, he is unsure. In London, his adopted home town and a great hub of the … Read more

How to stop industrial farming from ruining Earth

How to stop industrial farming from ruining Earth

“Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet” by George Monbiot (Penguin Random House) Cruising past farmlands in America — and elsewhere in the world — it’s hard to imagine that so much green could be so damaging to the Earth. But author George Monbiot makes a compelling case that it often is. Consider these … Read more

The Bookworm Sez: A new one for your book club | lifestyles

The Bookworm Sez: A new one for your book club |  lifestyles

Sometimes, you just have to lay your burden down. When it’s heaviest, when your arms can’t support it and your back breaks from the weight of it, when your shoulders and your heart ache from it, release it. Let it go, let it be. Or, as in the new novel, “Our Gen” by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, … Read more

Top five new books at New Castle Public Library | lifestyles

Top five new books at New Castle Public Library |  lifestyles

These are the top five new books at the New Castle Public Library. • “Ocean Meets Sky” by The Fan Brothers is a gorgeous book of imaginings, adventure and remembrance. A young boy sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about… where the ocean meets the sky. • “In Book Lovers” by … Read more

‘Any Other Family’ reveals the heart of adoption

‘Any Other Family’ reveals the heart of adoption

“Any Other Family” by Eleanor Brown (GP Putnam’s Sons) What does it mean to be a family? That’s the central question explored in Eleanor Brown’s new novel, “Any Other Family.” Featuring three sets of parents who between them have adopted four biological siblings from the same mother, the story is set during a two-week vacation … Read more

Book review: ‘December 1941’ a twisty, riveting WWII thriller | Entertainment

Book review: ‘December 1941’ a twisty, riveting WWII thriller |  Entertainment

By PENNY A PARRISH FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR It’s the day after Pearl Harbor, and thousands of Americans are gathered around their radios listening to Franklin Roosevelt talking about a day that would live in infamy. “It was the largest radio audience in history. On the cold coast of Maine they were listening. Down on … Read more

Book review: Weir brings to life Elizabeth of York in ‘The Last White Rose’ | Entertainment

Book review: Weir brings to life Elizabeth of York in ‘The Last White Rose’ |  Entertainment

By DAVID ARNDT FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR The War of the Roses was an incredibly chaotic and turbulent time in England’s history. This civil war, complete with memorable traitors, usurpers and assassinations, was a dark period, when blood fought blood in order to control the English throne. The wars concluded when Elizabeth of York, daughter … Read more

Debate over ‘Gender Queer’ book resumes in Barrington school district

Debate over ‘Gender Queer’ book resumes in Barrington school district

Controversy continues to swirl in Barrington Community Unit District 220 over the book “Gender Queer,” as parents who object to its presence in the Barrington High School library and those who support it spoke out again Tuesday before the board of education. Meanwhile, district officials say they are proceeding with a formal review of the … Read more