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When it’s really rainy or really hot, it’s easier to set aside chores and read. So this month’s column is packed with books!

First up, a debut historical/suspense novel from a small press (Grand Mal) by Hollis, New Hampshire author Geoffrey James, Sorcerer: a Novel of Queen Elizabeth’s Alchemist, inspired by the Elizabethan courtier/scholar John Dee.

Shorter reviews this month include:

The Curiosity, an intriguing debut novel by Vermont author Stephen P. Kiernan

In High Places with Henry David Thoreau: a Hiker’s Guide with Routes and Maps by Maine author & hiker John Gibson

The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Home-Grown Recipes from the Green Mountain State by Tracey Medeiros with photos by Oliver Parini (Bow Thai Pasta Salad from Woodstock Farmers’ Market went over very well as a July 4th side dish.)

and a brief but enthusiastic endorsement of the 2nd book in Ben H. Winters‘ The Last Policeman series, Countdown City, which I devoured on the screened porch over the last couple of days. I can’t say enough good things about these books, which in my mind are the perfect summer read: fun, entertaining, and also really thought provoking.

I also mention, for fans of last summer’s Jana Bibi’s Exellent Fortunes, New Hampshire author Betsy Woodman’s sequel, Love Potion Number 10, and as always, bring readers up to date on when and where to meet Mindful Reader authors around Concord. I turn the column in Monday and it should appear in the Sunday Concord Monitor on 7/14.

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