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Reading Ferguson: Race, Police and Protest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts. Both incidents unfolded on an August day, with a crowd of bystanders nearby. And both involved a police patrol car stopped in a predominantly African-American community. In 1965, Frye and his mother were …

Memoirs Aplenty Coming in Fall

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, in which …

Finding Nature in Hanover: Self-Published Guide Favors the Physical Book Over the Digital Ether 

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …