Healing With Herbs, a Natural Conclusion

Herbalist and author Holly Bellebuono published her sixth book last month, An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary. She will give a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Chilmark Library.

When Brevity Underscores Genius, a Good Laugh Is Around the Corner

Cartoonists Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden recently published How to Read Nancy, dissecting the comic strip they have long been obsessed with.

Rock and Roll Chronicler Embraces Stevie Nicks

A few years ago, after completing his biography of Carly Simon, author Stephen Davis was considering his next book. When he decided it would be a woman again, there was only one name that came to mind: Stevie Nicks.

A 12-Step Program for Public Education

In John Merrow’s new book, Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education, the author describes what he sees as a society hooked on school reform.

A Gentleman in West Chop: Roots of a Writer Reside in Vineyard Soil

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.”

Chasing History Through Story of George Washington's Runaway Slave

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.

Words Matter But Meaning Can Be Such a Slippery Eel

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.

Busy Behind the Scenes, But With Daily Sense of Mission and Purpose

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.

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Has Become the New Political Normal

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.

Lost and Found Does Not Include Everyone

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.