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"The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West," by Michelle Goldberg. (Photo courtesy Knopf Doubleday/TNS)

The Woman Who Brought Yoga to the West

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Millions of Americans practice yoga as a workout, a spiritual exercise or a combination of the two. Those who wonder if their pigeon pose or sun salute carry centuries of Hindu tradition from India to their sleek modern gym can relax. Change, adaptation and a dialogue between East and West have long been integral to yoga, something that comes through in Michelle Goldberg’s new book, The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West. Even if you don’t care enough about yoga to hold a pigeon pose for the length of time it takes to say …

Judd Apatow Digs Into His Past for Stories About a Funny Life

Friday, June 19, 2015

New York — The comedy education of Judd Apatow began with unusual access to great comic minds, which he pried for straightforward instruction: How do you tell a joke? Growing up on Long Island as a comedy nerd before there was such a thing (or many others like him), Apatow managed to land …

Little Known Tales of Bold Women

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In my fantasy version of summer, I am sitting on a beach, no schedule or deadlines, a pile of books at my side. There are lovely people for company, a pack of sandwiches and cold lemonade, and there is reading and swimming and more reading. Late in the day someone shows up with a refreshing cocktail, and the next day, we do it …

A Comic’s Children’s Book

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New York — Jimmy Fallon spends his evenings as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, having fits of laughter with Bradley Cooper, pretending to be a teenage girl whose favorite word is “Ew!” and coming up with hashtags, …

King’s Latest Is a Thrill

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Many people start reading Stephen King while still in their teens, then get hooked for life. The experience of your first King novel (especially the old ones, such as Salem’s Lot or The Shining or The Stand or …

Film Pioneers Describe Early Days in ‘My First Time in Hollywood’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Everyone’s first time was different. Screenwriter Ben Hecht said his first day in Hollywood in 1926 was “like a year in Siberia.” Screenwriter Frances Marion arrived in 1912 and was shocked when she tried to find an apartment. …

On Prose: A Writer’s True Art — Rewriting

Friday, June 5, 2015

An empty blue-book for a student writing an essay in an important exam. A blank white computer page for someone composing a cover letter for a job they desperately need. A soft linen sheet of stationery awaiting just the right words to console a friend who’s suffered a …

Book Notes: Hanover Resident’s New Poems Address Loss and Life Changes

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hanover poet Carol Westberg’s new collection of poems, Terra Infirma (David Roth Books, $18) is a reflection on a time in life when fragile health, tragedy and sadness occupy too much space and haunt too many dreams. These delicately crafted and tender poems, which deal with Westberg’s loss …

Book Review: Hartland Author’s New Young Adult Stories Revolve Around an Obscene Gesture

Friday, June 5, 2015

Jo Knowles, the writer of young adult novels who lives in Hartland, has a keen, instinctive empathy for adolescents. She’s able to get under their skin, take their temperature moment to moment and record the rapid shifts in their moods, from acute self-loathing and microscopic introspection to defiant …

Author Tackles Feminism in the Middle East

Sunday, May 31, 2015

In parts of the Middle East, some women are groped as a matter of course. There are men who feel free to run their hands over women, like they’re buying produce, or a cow. Mona Eltahawy has endured that and much worse, as a young woman and as …

The Legend of ‘Fight Club’ Lives On

Sunday, May 31, 2015

If you’re Chuck Palahniuk, the first rule of Fight Club is that you never escape Fight Club. And maybe, almost 20 years later, you don’t want to. “It’s the thing you dream of, being co-opted by the culture,” says the Portland, Ore., novelist, who’s famous for raucous, wildly …

Book Details Heroic WWII Doolittle Raid

Sunday, May 24, 2015

After Pearl Harbor and before D-Day and the Bomb, there was the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to rally the American public for what he knew would be a long war, had ordered a …

On Poetry: Former Dartmouth Professor Was a Man of Orthodox Faith, but Unorthodox Humility and Insight

Friday, May 22, 2015

This column is distinctly different from any of its predecessors. In it, I will try to sell you on a book called The Grace of Incorruption, written by a great man and a great friend who died in …