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A path on Hanover's Oak Hill. (Steve Smith photograph)

Finding Nature in Hanover

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hanover — For a good part of his day job, Steve Smith writes content for the social-media sites of Dartmouth College’s alumni-relations office. For his 41-page book, Top 10 Natural Places to Visit in Hanover, New Hampshire: A Walking Guide, he couldn’t imagine going digital-only, even though he was self-publishing the package. “I wanted something physical that people could put in their backpacks,” Smith said this week. “There are apps you can use for finding trails, but I like to think there’s a need for something more traditional like this.” For his first and only act of market research, Smith gave his son’s third-grade class …

A Loyal Soldier’s Campaign Journal

Friday, August 29, 2014

November’s Gladiators , by Terry Baxter; Langdon Street Press, 274 pages, $27.95 The vast piles of books generated by political campaigns tend to be about the decisions of strategy and tactics that led to victory. All those books are one of the many reasons to stay clear of reporting on politics. Having read …

Novel About Race Debuts at a Critical Time

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Face in Mine: A Novel by Jess Row; Riverhead Hardcover 384 pages, $27.95 Jess Row’s provocative new novel arrives at a time when the talk we once heard about a post-racial America has sputtered (Google “Ferguson, Missouri” if you’re unsure why). Race is the impossible subject, the incendiary issue that conquers and divides. And yet in his first novel Row drives into …

Wilder Memoir: Gritty View of Prairie Life

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pierre, S.D. — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier …

Finding ‘Heart of Darkness’ on Ice

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The great achievement of Hampton Sides’ unforgettable new book about a group of American Arctic explorers only becomes apparent halfway into its 400-plus pages. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette tells the story of an almost entirely forgotten episode …

Still Sharing Nixon’s Secrets

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Washington — Forty years after Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace over the Watergate scandal, his former White House counsel, John Dean, who famously turned against the president, is back in Washington promoting his latest tome, The Nixon Defense. …

Ethan Allen: A Man Too Complex to Fit Into History’s Portrayals

Friday, August 15, 2014

Inventing Ethan Allen By John J. Duffy and H. Nicholas Muller III University Press of New England 304 pages, paperback, $29.95 Say what you want about Ethan Allen. Call him a hero for capturing Fort Ticonderoga. Call him …

Book Notes: Aug. 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Norwich — Searching the darkness for her dogs among the apple trees near her Norwich home that night in October 2012, Lizi Boyd found her curfew-breakers ... and the raw material for her next children’s book. “Suddenly the (flash)light caught their eyes, and their bright collars, and the …

Prize-Winning Poet Still at Work

Friday, August 15, 2014

New York — He is 86 years old, his eyesight is failing and much of his recent work reads like a man saying goodbye. But W.S. Merwin continues to write poems; he cannot help himself. “I wrote the …

What Amazon’s E-Book Numbers Are and Aren’t Telling You

Friday, August 15, 2014

How much should an e-book cost? Publishers set the retail price for a current e-book, like James Patterson’s Invisible, at $14.99. That’s a lot less than a hardcover copy of the book ($25.50), but it’s still more than Amazon thinks a reader should be paying for an e-book; …

Sherlock Holmes Is In the Public Domain

Friday, August 15, 2014

If the last thing keeping you from writing Sherlock Holmes fan fiction were the licensing fees, wait no longer. A judge has ruled that Sherlock and the familiar elements of his stories are in the public domain and, in a strongly worded opinion, criticized the Arthur Conan Doyle …

Salinger’s First Secluded Cornish Property Put Up for Sale

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cornish — It’s easy to see why J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author, chose the secluded spot that he did to escape the attention that came with literary fame. Turn down a side road in Cornish, and continue a mile and a half down a winding, bumpy dirt road …

Here’s the Problem: People Who Shrug and Share Online Lies

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A friend on Facebook uncritically shared a piece of crazy the other day. But here’s the thing: This friend is a normal. He’s not one of those once-rational legacy friends from high school who litter your feed with nonsense. He’s a photojournalist and a fine one, a fine …