Review: ‘Nightbird’ an enchanting combination of tart and sweet

Novelist Alice Hoffman, best known for her more than 30 bestselling adult novels, turns her focus to middle-grade fiction with her newest work, the deliciously magical “Nightbird.” Like strawberry-rhubarb pie, the story, intended for ages 10 and up, is an enchanting combination of tart and sweet, of ancient curses and modern realism.


30 books ripe for spring reading

Spring used to be the shoulder season in the publishing industry, after the big holiday blockbusters and before the waves of “summer reads.” Now it’s hard to categorize – one of 2015’s big books, Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake,” about the sinking of the Lusitania, popped up on the first of March. English writer Helen Macdonald’s memoir “H is For Hawk,” a memoir of Macdonald’s mourning for her father by training a goshawk, is already one of the “it” books of the year, and also came out March 1.

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