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Baum On Books

About This Section
Joan Baum is a recovering academic from the City University of New York, who spent 25 years teaching literature and writing. She has a long career as a critic and reviewer, covering all areas of cultural history but particularly enjoys books at the nexus of the humanities and the sciences.

With an eye on reviewing fiction and nonfiction that has regional resonance for Connecticut or Long Island, Joan considers the timeliness and significance of recently published work: what these books have to say to a broad group of readers today and how they say it in a distinctive or unique manner, taking into account style and structure as well as subject matter.
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    Coffetown Press
    A beach on Long Island was the site of a little known act of attempted sabotage during World War II. That incident inspired historical fiction author Eve Karlin’s latest novel.
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    Luminare Press
    WSHU commentator David Bouchier has gathered his “few well-chosen words,” and published them in his latest book, Out of Order.