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"These Precious Days: Essays" by Ann Patchett; Harper (320 pages, $26.99) ——— Ann Patchett’s splendid new essay collection, "These Precious Days," overflows with life — the joys of friendship, the bonds of family, the delights of bookstores and dogs, the mysteries (even to her) of writing. It’s warm and funny and smart and full of unexpected insights. What more could you ask from a book that ...

Detached single-family homes, like townhouses and condominiums, are some of the most popular types of dwelling in America. They tend to be great starter homes and are often less expensive than a single-family home. Both options also provide less responsibility for the exterior or landscaping since a homeowners association (HOA) usually handles that, and then […]

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Christina is a toy store owner who inherited the shop on the Nantucket wharf from her mom, who recently passed away, and she is having a hard time moving on. Andy is a confident, driven, real estate developer who is visiting his father on Nantucket with his young daughter Wink. Christina is dismayed when she learns Andy and his father plan to redevelop the wharf into a new marina. If this happens, she may have to give up the toy store that has such deep personal meaning and is part of her family's legacy. Christina also discovers she has feelings for Andy but being on opposite sides of the development project could nip their romance in the bud.

We wrote an article this past summer about the difficulty some sellers have when it comes to selling their timeshare properties. Since then, we received several comments and questions that we want to share with you.

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There are countless myths about our pets — some so old they have become facts in the eyes of many people. While some of these myths are harmless, many are filled with misinformation about a dog’s care, temperament, behavior and intelligence. Pet owners who act on this misinformation may not be meeting the needs of their dog.