A storied summer: Book Group meets at the home of O’Connor

Andalusia Farm, a former dairy farm outside of downtown Milledgeville, is where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of the work that established her as one of the world’s foremost 20th Century writers. It’s also where readers continue to gather, now more than 50 years after her death, to celebrate and discuss her enduring stories. On the…

Revisiting Mr. Penick’s Little Red Book

I’ve taken our Winterpocalypse as an opportunity to re-read one of my favorite golf books, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. I first read the Little Red Book while in college. If such a thing is possible, I knew less about golf and the golf swing then than I do now. Trying to digest any level…

Lesson in letting go: What to keep? What to toss?

“Fame, if you win it, Comes and goes in a minute Where’s the real stuff in life, to cling to?” – Jimmy Durante singing “Make Someone Happy” Good question. Where is the “real stuff in life?” Unfortunately, it’s been displaced by the unreal stuff, the stuff crammed inside closets and stacked in garages. And clinging…

Go Set a Watchman

Appreciate Watchman, but keep Mockingbird high on its perch Written by Lucy Adams   Scout glides into the opening chapters of Go Set a Watchman on her annual return to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus Finch, and her love interest, Henry Clinton. She enters as Jean Louise, a modern woman shaking loose of…

By the Book: Top Summer picks for young readers

The joy of imagining Summer-themed books for young readers on school break   By Jonah Berkowitz Photo special by Juan Alonso   There’s nothing quite like laying out on the beach with a good book, relaxing and enjoying all that summer has to offer. We adults love it, so why not grab some summer reading…

By the Book: To censor or not

No book should be banned or censored. I believe this and live by this. I believe that one must read a variety of things before one can learn what is important and what is not. Through the years I have read everything some authors have written: John Irving, William Styron, Maeve Binchy, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare,…