A Gentleman in West Chop: Roots of a Writer Reside in Vineyard Soil
Heather Hamacek
When he was 10 author Amor Towles put a note in a bottle that read something like “if this makes it to China . . . please write back.”
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Chasing History Through Story of George Washington's Runaway Slave
Chloe Reichel
Erica Armstrong Dunbar was at work on her doctoral dissertation on the lives of black women in the antebellum north when she came across an advertisement that caught her attention.
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Words Matter But Meaning Can Be Such a Slippery Eel
Elizabeth Bennett
In You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, Deborah Tannen examines how female friends communicate and different conversational styles.
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Busy Behind the Scenes, But With Daily Sense of Mission and Purpose
Sara Brown
When Alyssa Mastromonaco visited the Vineyard as acting chief of staff for President Obama, the beach had to wait. Work didn’t stop for the White House team when the President was on vacation.
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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Has Become the New Political Normal
Chloe Reichel
Richard North Patterson was a political novelist, but he doesn’t write novels anymore. Non-fiction is too compelling. Fever Swamp, Mr. Patterson’s latest book, is an accounting of the 2016 election.
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Lost and Found Does Not Include Everyone
Vivian Ewing
Julie Buntin was the kind of girl who would take out 25 library books at one time. Growing up in Petoskey, a town of 5,500 in northern Michigan, winters were bleak. Reading was the main activity.
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Taking a Hard Look at Patriarchy, Guided by Faith and Medicine
Heather Hamacek
In his new book Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Willie Parker argues against allowing sexism, racism and religion to set the standard of morals in the abortion debate.
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The Wandering Road of Destiny May Be Confusing at Every Turn
Chloe Reichel
How did I get here? Richard Russo’s latest short story collection, Trajectory, takes up this question again and again, looking back over the lives of its characters to trace their journeys.
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Chronicling the Fight Against Racial Progress
Alex Elvin
Ms. Anderson’s book White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, presents a brief but incisive look at achieving civil rights in the United States.
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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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