Author Archives: A. J. Kinnaman

Showtime

 “Solo (Star Wars)” tells the story behind Han’s famous Kessell Run. “On Chesil Beach” based on a novel by Ewan McEwan, in which a collision of anticipation and fear clouds a couple’s wedding night.  “The Only Living Boy in New … Continue reading

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Long ago and far away

“The Fall of Gondolin”, edited by Christopher Tolkien from a story by J.R.R. Tolkien, continues the pre-history of LOTR.  Gondolin is a hidden stronghold sought by Morgoth (a pre-cursor to LOTS’s Sauron) in his war against Elves and Men.  The … Continue reading

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People

“Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien reminds us that there was more to the early history of flight that Amelia Earhart. He recounts the lives of women aviatrixes who defied convention by participating in races, exhibitions and long-distance flights. “Educated” by Tara … Continue reading

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Library closed for Columbus Day

The Nichols Library will be closed on Monday October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

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Crime scenes

  For fiction readers,   we have new mysteries by Archer Mayor and M. C. Beaton.  In “Bury the Lead”, Mayor’s Joe Gunter investigates an arson that may be related toan ebola outbreak.  In “The Dead Ringer”, Beaton’s Agatha Raisin ponders … Continue reading

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New discoveries in non-fiction

  Michael Lewis, the popular explainer of all things pertaining to the stock market (“The Big Short”, “Liar’s Poker”) is back with “The Fifth Risk”, in which he ventures into the political marketplace. His piece is a commentary on what … Continue reading

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New in Fiction

  “Transcription”, a bravura novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy“ tells about a former MI5 agent who is troubled by her past. “The Labyrinth of the Spirits” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón  blends  suspense, history and literary magic in a … Continue reading

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