Book Review
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I was looking for some fun books and, with summer coming quickly, these are just the thing to take to the beach, the lake or the backyard.“The Summer Before the War: A Novel” (2016) by … more
I read a lot of fun books during my March vacation to Florida. Especially when flying, which isn’t my favorite thing, I like a story that really engages me. So, I look for thrillers and … more
In December 1969, when Franklin “Jay” Farnsworth Fitz, Jr. was born, autism was not a readily recognized diagnosis. There were no early intervention programs, very little applied … more
When Leah DeCesare left for Syracuse University in 1988, her father gave her some useful and unique dating advice. Using a cutlery metaphor, he categorized men as either forks, knives, or spoons. … more
Steven Manchester’s latest novel, "Ashes", is a gritty, realistic look at failed relationships, a departure from his previous seven novels, which the author describes as … more
Book reviewing is a bit of a dance. I want to provide enough information so you can decide if it’s a book you want to read. But, I don’t want to give too much of the plot away. I hate … 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
On Friday, November 18 the Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) will host its 15th Annual Holiday Preview Weekend, a chance to stroll Bristol in search of unique gifts and cozy conviviality. Kurry … more
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
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
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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.