When the Rug Doctor Lost His Shadow

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Lindsay Stern ’13 was visiting Amherst during her junior year of high school when she stopped in Northampton with her parents and noticed a storefront awning for “The Rug Doctor.”

“The next morning,” she says, “I wrote a few paragraphs on a rug doctor who loses his shadow.”
That rug doctor is now the main character in Stern’s debut novella, Town of Shadows, published by Scrambler Books last month.


Hold Tight

By Harlan Coben ’84. New York City: Dutton, 2008. 416 pp. $26.95 hardcover.

Reviewed by J.J. Gertler ’82

As a young subscriber to Motor Trend magazine, I was befuddled when one issue simply failed to arrive. Only later did I learn that my father, deciding that the special issue, titled “Love and the Automobile,” was too racy for a 13-year-old, had confiscated it.