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Navel-gazing

Four fabulous summer reads, for natives and tourists alike
These four selections look at Maine through the lens of lobster rolls, Portland’s resplendent food scene, the state’s outdoor heritage, and our amazing craft beer.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  June 19, 2014

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Lips don't lie

A round-up of local poetry volumes for the spring season
It’s the last week of National Poetry Month. Buds are bulging, the sun is fat, and temperatures are...well, not technically freezing. Souds like poetry season all right!
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  April 24, 2014

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It's not all peace and love in Marijuana Valley

Crash Barry's new book explores Maine's pot-farming subculture
It’s like a version of the truth that’s fun to read — but difficult to categorize.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2014

The wild life

Two books inspire green living
Two books inspire green living
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 12, 2014

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Literary gifts they’ll actually read

 Oh good, a book!
’Tis the season to be that annoying relative or friend who only gives books as presents!
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2013

A crushing tale, beautifully told

 Palpable suffering
It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  September 13, 2013



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A teenager’s assessment of public school

 Straight from the source
“Why the hell are you reading a book written by a 17-year-old kid?...If you want to know the truth, here it is. I’m a high school student in a public high school in New York. For thirteen years, I’ve been told to shut up and sit down and listen. I’ve been ignored. I’ve been left on the sidelines. Not just me, but millions of students around the country and the world. I will not be silenced any longer. Enough is enough."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 30, 2013

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Susan Conley’s first novel finds poetry in the past and present

 Love and loss
Susan Conley believes in feeding her readers. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in a literary way.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 2013

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What Portland’s creative types are reading for summer

 Artists on books
This summer, instead of listing the usual batch of hot summer books (you can find those anywhere), we asked a diverse and completely arbitrary group of Portland arts luminaries what was on their summer reading lists.
By:  |  June 07, 2013

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Nostalgic memoir celebrates Drinking with Men

Raise a glass
Every few years, the bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line (which leads from New York City's Grand Central Station into Connecticut) become endangered by modern-day Puritans who believe commuter trains are inappropriate venues for after-work cocktails. Can you imagine?!  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2013

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New guide goes from Arrowhead to Yuca

Eats roots and leaves
If you want to eat more local produce come winter in Maine, you have to learn to love root vegetables.
By: LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  February 13, 2013



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Roorbach’s newest book tastes of envy, mystery

Crossing the divide
Secrets and food and celebrity and bodies. These are the subjects of Maine author Bill Roorbach's new novel, Life Among Giants, a literary mystery with a tinge of soap-opera sudsiness.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 30, 2013

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USM prof: Teaching is about spirit, not data

The turning of souls
Making an impassioned plea for humanistic considerations to remain paramount in our societal discussion about education and its continual improvement, University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jeremiah Conway follows his own advice.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  January 23, 2013

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Local suspense novel conjures summertime

Mysterious strangers
If these chilly winter days have you dreaming of sunbathing on the beach, a new mystery novel by Maine author Josh Pahigian could be just the thing to turn up the heat.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2013

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Bipolar and off the leash of meds: Juliann Garey's Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See


Juliann Garey's debut novel begins with its narrator doing something unforgivable.
By: LISA WEIDENFELD  |  January 08, 2013

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Kate beyond time: The Kate Moss Book


Almost all models who achieve some degree of fame find themselves blamed for whatever agenda their era's most vocal scold happens to be pushing.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  January 08, 2013



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Bipolar Babies: Leonard Cohen and Rod Stewart in misery and delight

GIFT GUIDE 2012
"Every night and every morn," wrote William Blake one afternoon in 1803, "some to misery are born."
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 05, 2012

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Musical literary stocking stuffers

GIFT GUIDE 2012
The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 05, 2012

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Matthew Guerrieri on duh duh duh DUM


In The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination (Knopf), Matthew Guerrieri, music critic for the Boston Globe , calls the iconic duh duh duh DUM opening "short enough to remember and portentous enough to be memorable."
By: DEBRA CASH  |  December 05, 2012

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A new book about Antarctic cuisine satisfies foodies and historians alike

Eat before it gets cold
As you nurse your post-Thanksgiving food coma back to normality, spare a thought for the men and women in Antarctica this holiday season. They're warm, well-fed, and happy (if really far from family) — but it wasn't always this way.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  November 28, 2012
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