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“New England Open House Cookbook,” by Sarah Leah Chase. Workman Publishing, New York, 2015. 400 pages. $22.95.There as many reasons to like “New England Open House Cookbook” by Sarah Leah Chase as there are clams in your chowder. The author brings respectable expertise to her table. The recipes are often happily traditional but take advantage of locally sourced ingredients and good, new ideas in ways that never feel false or intrusive.

Updated May 20, 2015 at 11:17 AM

“The Light of the World.” By Elizabeth Alexander. Grand Central Publishing, New York, 2015. 209 pages. $26.

Updated May 18, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Don’t want to spend your beach days flipping through tabloid mags? Looking for something to read on the airplane flight to your summer vacation destination? We’ve rounded up some of the summer’s hottest book...

Updated May 18, 2015 at 12:29 PM

It’s November, not April, when a group of American pilgrims set out to trace the route of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” Still, in Charlotte author Kim Wright’s “The Canterbury Sisters,” a lot of tales are spun, and a lot of dirt is dished.

Updated May 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Pick up your toys, please.

Updated May 12, 2015 at 11:12 AM

“Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” by Jon Krakauer. Doubleday, New York, 2015. 367 pages. $28.95.

Updated May 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM

North Carolina writer Ann B. Ross’ 16th “Miss Julia” novel starts a bit slowly, but soon hits the madcap goings-on that fans clearly love.“Miss Julia Lays Down the Law” finds our heroine in hot water with the police.

Updated May 6, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Get ready to visit in the kitchen with an award-winning country music star known for her bubbly personality and curly blond tresses.

Updated May 5, 2015 at 10:53 AM

What better way to learn about books than to attend the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference, as I am privileged to do every year in Manhattan at the end of April.

Updated Apr 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM

“Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People,” Book I of three books By Dennis Cardiff. Published by Lifetales Books, an imprint of Karenzo Media. 2014. Available online for $2.99.

Updated Apr 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

“Getting Back Out There: Secrets to Successful Dating and Finding Real Love After the Big Breakup,” by Susan J. Elliott. Da Capo Lifelong/Perseus Books Group, Boston, 2014. 271 pages. $14.99.

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