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Books

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 …

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 …

Ghostwriting for Jenners Part of Fiction Fun

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New York — One day. That was all the time Maya Sloan allowed herself to Google reviews of the dystopian young adult novel she ghostwrote for Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Not surprisingly, Internet trolls had it out for …

Reading the Great War: The Conflict Defined a Century and Still Generates New Books

Friday, August 1, 2014

World War I began 100 years ago this week, when Germany mobilized against Russia after a month of international crisis, diplomatic maneuvering and military preparation brought on by the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June …

The Nature Of Writing

Monday, July 28, 2014

Woodstock — Former Middlebury College English and Environmental Studies Professor John Elder encouraged students to see the outdoors in a new way through a workshop at the Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rochefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock on Friday …

‘The Mockingbird Next Door’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What ever happened to Harper Lee? The Alabama native was 34 when her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1960. This tale of childhood innocence and racial injustice in the Depression-era South won the Pulitzer …

Gordimer Grasped The Power Of Writing

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country — apartheid-era South Africa — where …

An American Commons: Photographic Study Celebrates Public Libraries

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, by Robert Dawson, Princeton Architectural Press, 192 pages, $35 Long before I could define philanthropist, I held Andrew Carnegie in the highest esteem. When I asked, at 10, why “Carnegie” was carved …

Haverhill Fiction Writers Open Circle for Short Story Discussion

Friday, July 18, 2014

Haverhill — Roughly once a week, several aspiring writers of fiction gather at the Haverhill Corner Library to talk amongst themselves about the stories and novels over which they’re laboring to give birth. On July 31, they’ll widen their circle to welcome fellow writers and readers alike to …

The Power of the Memorial

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It would be difficult to visit the Lincoln Memorial and not be moved. Few locations, in the nation’s capital or anywhere else, are as evocative. “When you’re at the memorial, thinking of all the events (that transpired) there, it’s where America goes to challenge itself,” said Jay Sacher. …