It’s been a couple years since one of the counter-height stools in our kitchen was smashed beyond repair – by our cat. He was a jumper by nature – long, lean and a troublemaker. But we loved him (most of the time) and miss him now that he is prancing around cat heaven.
Back in his younger days – and despite our efforts to keep him indoors – he would occasional…
Since We Fell
By Dennis Lehane
420 pages, $27.99
Readers carried away by a good novel can enjoy the idea that it might become a movie. Dennis Lehane goes them one better: He wrote the novel "Since We Fell" and parts of the screenplay at the same time. And why not? His "Mystic River" and a handful of other best sellers plus work as a staff…
Dragon's Green: Worldquake Book One by Scarlett Thomas; Simon & Schuster, 369 pages ($17.99) Ages 9 to 12.
This marvelous fantasy - of a world where magic exists, where books are endangered and where children must do battle to save the world - takes place in a dystopian future "something like 1992," after a Worldquake has taken down the Internet and …
Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York
By Francis Spufford
336 pages, $26
Cambridge writer Francis Spufford’s (1964 - ) new novel, “Golden Hill,” is the best I’ve read since Colson Whitehead’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Underground Railroad.” It is Spufford’s first piece of fiction after his Orwell Prize-nominated …
There Your Heart Lies
By Mary Gordon
320 pages, $26.95
Author Mary Gordon’s long preoccupation with the Roman Catholic Church – and its historic stumbling blocks – suffuses her latest novel, “There Your Heart Lies.”
Introspective, and often indignant, this is both a treatise on the 1930s’ Spanish Civil War that propelled Gener…
The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra-point games at noon today, Saturday, July 1, and next Saturday, July 8, and at 11 a.m. Monday to Friday. The Bridge Center of Buffalo also holds an extra-point game at noon today.
On Tuesday, July 4, the Airport Bridge Club will be open, while the Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club will be closed for th…
Change happens fast in our yards and gardens during June and July. Wonderful plants dazzle us with their growth and some soar through their peaks of performance.
Problems also show up quickly: weeds, a few troublesome insects, and several weather-related diseases.
Let’s take a walk around our collective gardens, share some observations, and see if I can answer some…
Even before I heard that The Buffalo News was republishing a piece on cargo shorts written last summer by Alyssa Fisher, who was the intern in our Features Department, I had a picture in my mind of a guy I had spotted earlier in the day.
He was walking around with a to-go cup of coffee in one of the pockets of his cargo shorts.
Was it empty? I wondered. Half empty? A…
Of all the beach towels we have accumulated through the years – stripes, florals, dots and solids – we seem to have totally missed out on a recent trend.
Round beach towels. Our beach towels are all rectangular. Imagine that.
This week I spotted one in the July issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine – a striped number priced less than $20 at walmart.com. …
Jamestown Audubon’s 2017 Secret Gardens Tour of six gardens is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 1 on the grounds of the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, and throughout the region. In addition to purchasing them at Audubon, presale tickets are available for $12 in Falconer at Robert’s Nursery (3172 Dry Brook Road) and in Jamesto…
Summer fashion has its challenges as anyone who has experienced the transition from air-conditioned office to sweltering street knows. In addition, there are backyard parties, weddings, festivals, concerts and a host of other outdoor events that require some thought on what to wear.
Below, some tips and things to consider:
1. Think fabric. Linen. Seersucker. Lightwei…
An hour south of Buffalo, near the picturesque towns of Westfield and Mayville, you'll find a row of gates.
Beyond them is a parallel universe.
In this strange place, people rise when they feel like it, in a world without cars or car stereos. They breakfast on their porches. They ride bikes and never lock them. American flags fly. Pansies bloom. A cat ambles down …
“Mustache Shenanigans: Making ‘Super Troopers’ and Other Adventures in Comedy”
By Jay Chandrasekhar
304 pages, $27
“Super Troopers” is the quintessential cult comedy. Like Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy,” Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats,” and David Wain’s “Wet Hot American Summer,” it’s a film that drew little in the way of cri…
“Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations”
by Garson O’Toole
383 pages, $24.95
“May you live in interesting times,” quoted Robert F. Kennedy, who identified this saying as “an ancient Chinese curse.” Just how ancient? Hard to say. Which is precisely why Garson O’Toole – whose book jacket calls him “The Inte…
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden; Bloomsbury, 217 pages ($17.99) Ages 13 and up.
Tonya Bolden, brilliant chronicler of the African-American experience, brings the fire to this searing, heart-rending, unforgettable novel based on a disgraceful, little-known event in American history: Near the end of the Civil War, during Sherman's March through Geor…