Local Author Spotlight: Sarahbeth Persiani

COVID-19 has drastically altered the landscape of publishers, authors, and booksellers. The large clearing houses have pushed back many titles until fall, effectively crunching together a few seasons worth of titles into one large cluster of releases beginning this September. Authors, most notably local or self-published writers, have had their main source of publicity cut…

Book Review: This land is Our Land by Jedidiah Purdy

The word “Commonwealth” has a particular place in Massachusetts vernacular. It’s common to find the word used as political branding, “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts” as an obvious example. But beyond sounding nostalgic, orderly, and constitutional, “Commonwealth” literally means, well-being—wealth, shared by all—common: Commonwealth.  This reminder begins Jedidiah Purdy’s newest book, This Land is Our Land:…

Review: Unworthy Republic by Claudio Saunt

Progress is a funny little word. As we have trudged forth with our comprehension of “other” United States history – that is a sort of bottom-up, from the margins view of those that have been discriminated and oppressed, we have uncovered uncomfortable truths and perspectives. These views have widened our focus on the American story…