Joel Brown

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I write for the Boston Globe, HubArts.com and many others. I've also worked for MeeVee.com, the Boston Herald, the Daily Southtown in Chicago and the Greenfield Recorder in Massachusetts. I'm a native of Cambridge, Mass., a lifelong Red Sox fan and a Newburyport resident.

Average rating: 3.99 · 135 ratings · 32 reviews · 24 distinct works
Mirror Ball Man

3.75 avg rating — 72 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Mermaid Blues

3.91 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Plover Island Breakdown

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Revolution Rock

4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2013
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Be Tidy, or Not?

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4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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Essex Coastal Byway Guide

4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Zoom Boom the Scarecrow and...

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Be Careful

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3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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The Waitress Book: 51 Tips ...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings2 editions
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Go Bold

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2018
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This was a pretty terrific small-town-1961 mystery told from the viewpoint of a Minnesota 13-year-old. As much a coming-of-age story as a mystery, and anyway I pretty much knew who did it well before the end.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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I really loved this book, and I don't give out many five-star reviews. I'm not sold that it's a masterpiece, but pretty excellent. So much so that I blogged about it: http://www.hubarts.com/weblog/2014/02...
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Radio Free Boston by Carter Alan
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A good if not great history of the station from glory days to garbage, written by an insider. As a faithful listener in the 70s it was fun to hear some of the back story.
Radio Free Boston by Carter Alan
"This book is Carter Alan's love song, so to speak, to WBCN. It's a must-read for anyone who grew up listening to the station and remembers its glory days."
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The Riptide Ultra-Glide by Tim Dorsey
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Not the best of Dorsey (that would be Florida Roadkill and Triggerfish Twist) but not the worst of Dorsey either (that would be Pineapple Grenade, at least of the ones I've read). As ever the adventures of the manic sociopath and Florida history nut ...more
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