When the Odds Favor the House, It's Still Important to Feel Lucky
Vivian Ewing
Min Jin Lee's novel Pachinko is a nearly 500-page book that follows one family for seven tumultuous decades. Cultures clash and fates spiral. Wars are fought and babies are born.
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The Cult of Infatuation Is a Dangerous Game
Chloe Reichel
Danzy Senna’s latest novel, New People, occupies the uneasy space between horror and humor. “I like that slight feeling of anxiety that those two poles create,” Ms. Senna said.
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A Cultural Zelig, Jessica Harris Embraces the Muse of Her History
Alex Elvin
Jessica Harris's memoir, My Soul Looks Back, revisits her relationship to Samuel Clemens Floyd 3rd, whose orbit included many of the leading black voices in New York city.
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Prize Winning Book and a Life Cut Short
Marjory Potts
In 2004, the novel Suite Francaise was awarded the Renaudot Prize, a glittering prize for fiction in France. This astounded the literary world because the author, Irene Nemirovsky, had been dead and mostly forgotten for over 60 years.
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Going to the Heart of Cooking, Kitchen Tables of Ancient Kings
Heather Hamacek
James Beard award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan’s new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, is filled with recipes as resplendent as those prepared for the fabled royalty.
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For Alexandra Fuller, Writing Requires Going to the Hard Places
Glynis Hart
Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, recently released her first novel, Quiet Until the Thaw. She will be speaking on Friday, July 7, at Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven.
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Oceanographer, Poet, Menemsha Man, Through and Through
Arnie Reisman
Conrad Neuman’s new book, Up-Island Poems, is a short lyrical diary of a poetic soul who went out and came in with the tides, an oceanographer who traveled the world and returned to his Island birthplace to rest, to fish, to tell tales.
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Start Making Sense: Cornelia Dean Takes Science to Heart
Bill Chaisson

In all three of her books, Cornelia Dean, former New York Times science editor, Brown University instructor and Chappaquiddick resident, has campaigned against the misuse of science.

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Ebbing and Flowing Around the World
Jonathan White set out to educate himself about tides, traveling from Chile to China. The result is his book Tides: the Science and Spirit of the Ocean.
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When Laughter Leads, the Heart Follows
Heather Hamacek

In an essay in her new book Would Everyone Please Stop? Jenny Allen invites readers to come and stay in her Vineyard home. It’s something of a cautionary tale.

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