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Arches to Zigzags:  An Architectural ABC has been published by Oro Editions. The book is the work of Manchester’s award-winning photographer Steve Rosenthal and his wife Kit along with Michael J. Crosbie. Paul Goldberger, the New York Times Book reviewer says in part, “The world does not nee…

The latest book by 92-year-old author and Manchester resident Katharine Stanley-Brown Abbott—her third—is A Zoo Full of Rhymes.  The small and tidy book is packed with 38 light and lyrical rhymes with animals, birds, sea creatures and insects ranging from a bluefish and bongo to auk and platypus.   

If you visit The Bookshop of Beverly Farms, which I highly recommend you do, there is something especially enchanting waiting on a little stack of shelves just before the register to your right. Here you will find a small collection of books wrapped in brown paper, and yes, tied up with string.

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As a book lover, I’m a sucker for books about books.  Novels like The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald, Possession by A.S. Byatt, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, anything by Haruki Murakami.  Plus nonfiction like The Library Book by Susan Orlean, When Books Went to War, Reading Loli…

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Kris McGinn introduces us to a new feature in the Cricket, a book review feature.  Mark Stolle, owner of Manchester by the Book on Central Street will be a regular, and his column—not surprisingly called, "By The Book"—kicks us off with a recommendation that is an oldie but such a goodie, from an author Stolle calls "a master storyteller."

The quiet comfort and familiarity of coastal Manchester’s tree-lined historic downtown with its small antique shops, used bookstore, and restaurants has made it the perfect backdrop for many a blockbuster film.  When Hollywood wants New England, it comes to Manchester-by-the-Sea.  So, here are some of Manchester’s greatest hits, and what they’re all about.

The Book Club at First Parish is open to anyone and everyone.  They are currently meeting on the last Monday of each month on Zoom. The book for the July discussion is I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron.

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It was a totally packed house last Thursday at “Wigwams At Saw Mill Brook,” the first lecture in Manchester Historical Museum’s year-long series tied to Manchester’s 375th Anniversary.  Mary Ellen Lepionka, a historian and anthropologist and an expert on early inhabitants of Cape Ann, took rapt attendees through the amazing true story of Native Americans here. 

Her poems are right there, concerning themselves with items that are at hand, commonplace and familiar. The natural world is often the universe from which she draws, with a soulfulness and power that is stirring.

Authors Kim Kerrigan and Steven Wells made an appearance this past weekend at the Manchester Public Library to discuss their latest book, “Making Civility Great Again.”  Yes, that’s the name of the book. Certainly, it’s a timely topic. 

Phillippi Ryan, who recently published the psychological thriller, “Trust Me”, joined Shannon Capone Kirk (right) and Tom DeMarchi (left), two powerhouse local authors in their own right at the “Authors & Friends” event on June 30th benefitting the Friends Of The Manchester Library.