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The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

As a Thurber fan for decades, I believe this is his best collection (Photo courtesy of Pinterest)

Book Review | James Thurber explores timeless captivity through humor in “The Thurber Carnival”

C. Jayne Trent May 4, 2018

This is the book I’d want with me if I were ever stranded on a desert island. "The Thurber Carnival" is a collection of essays, cartoons, short stories and illustrated poems and fables by the late...

Escaping into the world of Gene Stratton-Porter’s “A Girl of the Limberlost”

C. Jayne Trent February 23, 2018

It was 1965, I was eight years old, my parents were divorcing and I was staying at my father’s house.  His mother, my Nonna, was very unhappy about the divorce and let her displeasure be known in bursts...

Protagonist Vern Barclay talks about the changes hes seen in his state due to corporate invaders.  (Photo Courtesy of

Radio Free Vermont asks: would Vermont be better off independent?

C. Jayne Trent February 9, 2018

Bill McKibben’s new book "Radio Free Vermont" hooked me immediately with its description of determined Vermonters ambushing a Coors Light delivery truck. Not a Coors fan by any means, I had to know why....

Unraveling Oliver explores a complex characters past (Photo Courtesy of

Book Review: ‘Unraveling Oliver’

C. Jayne Trent November 10, 2017

The title of this taut psychological thriller is quite apt. In the story, wildly successful author Oliver has committed a shocking, violent crime – beating his devoted wife Alice so brutally that...

Little Sister is an odd but fascinating read. (Photo Courtesy of

That’s What She Read: Novel explores questions of personhood, survivor’s guilt

C. Jayne Trent October 27, 2017

"Little Sister" by Barbara Gowdy is definitely one of the weirdest novels I’ve read lately. Rose Bowan owns and runs the local movie hall with her mother. She has a placid, uneventful life and...

Tom Perrottas most recent novel Mrs. Fletcher (Photo Courtesy of

That’s What She Read: Novel explores sexuality, gender and class

C. Jayne Trent September 29, 2017

"Mrs. Fletcher" by Tom Perrotta. Poor Mrs. Fletcher. After her husband leaves her for a younger woman and her only son goes off to college, she's feeling a bit lost and lonely. Mrs. Fletcher runs into...

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That’s What She Read: Books to fall for

C. Jayne Trent September 8, 2017

The summer reading round-up continues with "Grief Cottage" by Gail Godwin. Eleven-year-old Marcus goes to live with his reclusive Aunt Charlotte after the sudden death of his mother. Aunt Charlotte...

The moving novel Fathers  Day captivates audiences (Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers).

Summer reads in review

C. Jayne Trent September 1, 2017

“Summertime, and the reading is easy...” And easy the reading was, in bounteous sunlight with no worries about getting up early the next day for work. Here are my thoughts on just a few of the books...

Stranger in the Woods tells the story of Christopher Knight and his life living in the woods of Maine for 27 years (Courtesy of Penguin Random House).

The last true hermit: Christopher Knight

C. Jayne Trent April 28, 2017

Journalist Michael Finkel's book "The Stranger in the Woods" is subtitled "The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit," which I expected to be a bit of hyperbole. People unplug for days and even...

Novel centers on struggles of family grief

Novel centers on struggles of family grief

C. Jayne Trent April 14, 2017

"Rabbit Cake" went from being a book that I almost didn't read to one I'm pestering my friends to give a try. While I was not initially intrigued by the story – it centers around a young and precocious...

Two stories come together in So Much Pretty to create a page-turner (Photo courtesy of

Murder mystery ties in messages of opportunity and class privilege

C. Jayne Trent March 31, 2017

Disturbing. Compelling. Upsetting. Masterful. I could go on and on about how amazing this novel, "So Much Pretty" by Cara Hoffman, is. The plot is deceptively simple. Wendy White, a cheerful, well-liked...

Chef captures culture of Harlem in cookbook: The Red Rooster Cookbook

Chef captures culture of Harlem in cookbook: ‘The Red Rooster Cookbook’

C. Jayne Trent March 10, 2017

Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new cookbook "The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem" is a delightful mélange of recipes, essays, history and photographs celebrating Harlem, a neighborhood...

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