Lower Fairfield County's online book club

Shelf notes: Hemingway’s grocery lists, sensational memoirs

If most Americans can’t come to Hemingway’s home in Cuba, then some  of his belongings are coming to them: the JFK Library in Boston will acquire 2,000 digital copies of Hemingway’s papers, including letters, grocery lists, reports of hurricane sightings, and bar bills. “How did we get here, angels?” Michael Kammen at the Los Angeles […] [Read More]

Wrestling’s “Cocktail of Death” author tours

Update: An earlier version of this post mixed up the dates for Muchnick’s book tour. See the correct dates below! Author Irvin Muchnick will drop by Borders Thursday night, promoting his book “CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death.” The book is about WWE professional wrestler […] [Read More]

Non-fiction fiction

I’ve realized, somewhat belatedly, that in my post about not reading enough fiction I erred in adding Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt to the list. My conscious brain realized that it was biography/memoir, but my subconscious brain always confuses McCourt with Ian McEwan, who actually does right fiction. Angela’s Ashes is still more narrative and […] [Read More]

Guilty pleasures in fiction

Before we started reading “The Nine” I unsuccessfully tried to cram in one of my favorite guilty pleasures: “Wicked Prey,” the latest in a series of mysteries by a former Twin Cities journalist who writes under the name John Sandford. The Prey series is one of two I picked up as a young teenager because […] [Read More]

A breezy day in Devil’s Den

I went hiking in the Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston Friday and, for the first time, I understood the inspiration for the naturalists and poets from New England. It was such a breezy day, with the sun lightly but steadily pressing through the shade just enough to remind me that it was summer, and […] [Read More]