June 29, 2016

The Navel Diaries: How I Lost My Belly Button and Found Myself

In this collection of essays, author Diann Logan uses humor and nostalgia to contemplate growing older and the changes that come with it.

The book opens with an explanation of Logan’s fixation on her navel and her displeasure that a series of medical conditions have resulted in an “umbilical hernia” and ruined what […]


June 27, 2016

Sometimes I Sing: The Renovation of Heart and Home

Sometimes I Sing is an ambitious memoir built around an ambitious project: the restoration of a historic house that two decades of neglect and incongruous “improvements” had rendered an eyesore, replete with a flooded basement, rotten siding and a leaky roof.

Enter Mary Hershberger, a divorced teacher in her 50s with 20 rehabbed properties under […]


November 4, 2013

The Circlip: A True Story

The Circlip: A True Story is a puzzling little slip of book, loaded with imagery and potential but not quite sure what it wants to be.

It is the true tale of a small mail ship, Lochiel, which in the pivotal scene is caught in a terrible storm. A chance discovery of a tiny steel […]


October 16, 2013

Three for Ship: A Swan Song to Dartmouth Beer Pong

Every few years, Dartmouth College administrators recognize the school has a problem with student alcohol consumption. They routinely investigate (the school’s trustees demanded reforms in 1979, 1983, 1989, 1999 and 2010), release a report, and the issue goes dormant again until another student dies of alcohol poisoning or talks to a reporter.

Crispus Knight slyly […]