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Updated at 9:48 AM

The summer stretches for miles, and you’ve got plans.You’re going to pack each day with as much fun as you can. It’s gonna be great — although, admit it: by the time summer ends, you’ll be a little bit glad to go back to school, won’t you? That’s the way four young friends feel, but in the new book “The Trap” by Steven Arntson, they have to make a few things right first.Carl Dunn didn’t seem to be a diary-keeping kind of kid.

Updated Jun 2, 2015 at 7:56 AM

St. James High School is losing a devoted English teacher and the director of its plays and musicals, as Sandy Sunde retired at the end of this school year.

Updated May 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

“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.

Updated May 20, 2015 at 10:16 AM

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

Updated May 18, 2015 at 2:29 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 11:29 AM

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 10:31 AM

Pick up your toys, please.

Updated May 12, 2015 at 10:12 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 10:45 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 10:42 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 9:53 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.

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