Category Archives: Books and Reading

The Slate Quarry

My research and writing about the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine over the last three months has covered a few topics about which I’d never given much thought.  Following a story idea and a freak April … Continue reading

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Just Maine Folks

Over two weeks have passed since my last biographical sketch of Lisbon writer Eloise Jordan.  In this last post, it was June, 1924 and Jordan had just graduated from Lisbon High School.  I’m a person who enjoys things in chronological … Continue reading

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The Joy Review

My cooking experiences with a cookbook called Joy started when I bought a used spiral bound paperback edition published by New American Library under the “Plume” moniker.  It must have been in the 1990’s.  Only one recipe is tabbed; “Ginger … Continue reading

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The Joy of Snowing

I recently finished reading Anne Mendelson’s 1996 book Stand Facing the Stove.  It’s a dense and interesting biography of Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer, and the cooking compendium they created, Joy of Cooking. I picked up the book to learn … Continue reading

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Bestsellers

Before Christmas, I got a box in the mail.  In the far-north outpost he now calls home, friend and blog commenter Loosehead Prop found a stash of old novels in a used book emporium.  One was the 1948 bestseller, Dinner … Continue reading

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Return to Arundel

On Saturday, November, 26, 2016, I finished reading Anthony Doerr’s 2004 novel About Grace.  This novel was the 24th book I’d read in 2016.  The author won a Pulitzer prize for his 2014 novel, All the Light We Cannot See, … Continue reading

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