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NONFICTION Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century By Jessica Bruder Norton 251 pages, $26.95 Meet Linda May, a 60-year-old grandmother who is spending Thanksgiving alone in the beat-up trailer she calls home. Like May, a growing number of Americans are giving up houses and apartments they can no longer afford and living instead in their …

FICTION Camino Island By John Grisham Doubleday 290 pages, $28.95 Testimony By Scott Turow Grand Central Publishing 483 pages, $28 Pity the poor U.S. courthouse. John Grisham and Scott Turow just don't want to go there anymore. Instead, they've opted for a literary change of venue. Grisham, in his new book, "Camino Island," has moved to a s…

June may signal the end of the school year but for me, it also always meant strawberry season. I have sweet memories of piling in my mother’s Buick station wagon and barreling down some country road to a U-pick farm. Upon arrival, my mother – with canvas Grasshoppers on her feet and a sun hat on her head – would give us our marching orders. We would pick and pick …

My daughter bought a house. It’s an exciting moment for a parent, but even more so for this parent because the place has no garden or landscape. It’s a blank slate, and she wants my help. Even when it’s not in the family, it is good when a landscape professional can help a new homeowner – before mistakes are made. The right adviser can save you, young buyer or d…

YOUNG ADULT Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson; 272 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This lovely novel, of learning to love again after unspeakable loss, delicately interweaves the stories of three teenage girls across a 150-year sweep of history. Anderson, author of critically acclaimed "Tiger Lily" and "The Vanishing Season," brings to vivid life three v…

NONFICTION Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies By Ann Hornaday Basic Books 320 pages, $26 To paraphrase Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, opinions are like backsides. Everyone has one. Of course, the loose-cannon cop used a less family-friendly anatomical term to refer to one’s posterior. But his observation has never been more pertinent, thanks to our obs…

The Western New York Rose Society will present its annual rose show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at Walden Galleria. Free admission. Western New York Iris Society will present an iris show, “Tiptoe through the Iris,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence. Anyone interested in flower design is invited to enter the Design Di…

You don’t need a reason to throw a party, but there are many reasons to host one this time of the year. Father’s Day. Summer solstice. Graduation. Shower. Wedding. Family reunion. Fourth of July. And all those summer birthdays, of course. In most cases, big decisions need to be made. How many guests? Tent or no tent? Catered, partially catered or DIY? Once all…

The semi-annual Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which awards silver points at regular games at ACBL-sanctioned clubs, returns next week. At the Airport Bridge Club, there will be two STaC games daily, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Monday to Saturday, with a snack between sessions. * * * The Bridge Center of Buffalo will stage demonstration bridge games from 8 a.m. …

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …

Interesting things happened to Joel Solly after he joined and helped establish an indoor air cleaning company in 1993 and spent a couple of years perfecting how to clean ventilation ducts without using harsh chemicals. He found out the same proprietary tea tree oil blend he developed for Indoor Air Professionals made a great air purifying gel, spray and wipes for use on…

Oh, Canada! How many times, on our 100 Things journey, have we toasted our friendship with you? At KeyBank Center, we braved the raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. We explored Toronto and Crystal Beach, Ont. And on the Miss Buffalo, we gazed up at the Peace Bridge, the stately symbol of peace between our two nations. Today we …

It will be a sad day when I finally have to ditch my favorite flip-flops. They’re cute – navy with white polka dots. I first bought them for a beach vacation. After that they became my go-to slip-ons for retrieving the mail, watering the porch ferns, heading for a pedicure. I never wear them to the office or to dig in the garden. They’re a summer staple I keep by …