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Helen Taylor Davidson and her husband Richard Davidson at their home in Palinfield, N.H., on April 7, 2014. They  worked together on deciphering her great-grandmother's diary.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Imagining Adeline: Family Diary Inspires Plainfield Woman’s Novel

Friday, April 11, 2014

In 2009, Helen Taylor Davidson of Plainfield sat down with the diary of her great-grandmother Adeline Elizabeth Hoe with the intent of transcribing it. That would have been ambitious enough, but she went a step further. She dove into the deep end of imagination and wrote a novel that begins where her great-grandmother’s diary leaves off. Both the novel and …

An Atheist Grapples With a Mystical Encounter

Friday, April 11, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. “It seems very self-involved,” she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. “I have anxiety about it.” That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything (Twelve, $26), is as personal a piece of writing as she has …

Matthiessen: Best Fiction ‘Will Always Matter’

Friday, April 11, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86 of complications from leukemia, was complex, even contradictory, in the most compelling sense. Born into privilege, he attended Hotchkiss boarding school and Yale and founded the Paris Review in 1953 with George Plimpton and Harold L. Humes. Yet he later became a Zen monk and in his own fashion was something of an ascetic. He …

Norwich Bookstore Shares In Author’s Largesse

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Norwich Bookstore will receive a $5,000 cash award from best-selling author James Patterson, a slice of $1 million he’s pledged to give to bookstores around the country to help them thrive. Liza Bernard, the co-owner of the Norwich Bookstore, said the money would go to expanding kids’ …

Gladwell’s New Idea: How Underdogs Win

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Over the last 14 years, Malcolm Gladwell has produced one best-seller after another. His books are so buzzworthy their titles become catchphrases, like Tipping Point and Outliers. Gladwell leads readers spellbound through stories that develop into counterintuitive insights …

Rebels in Pearls: The Flappers — Socialites, Actresses, Artists — Were Jazz Age Celebrities

Sunday, February 16, 2014

For most, the “flapper” evokes images of fingercurled bobs, drop-waisted dresses, and endless Charlestoning, like a scene from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby on continuous repeat. She’s the spirit of the “Jazz Age,” with its connotations of excess …

Love at a Country Store: Romance Series Is Set in Vermont

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Weston, Vt. — The story began circulating this month: Over at the historic family-run country store (which, for discretion’s sake, shall remain nameless) father and sons were fighting when a New York City assistant totaled her car upon …

This Global Life: Hanover Retired Diplomat Says Diplomacy Has Great Value

Thursday, February 13, 2014

To convey how frequently the career of a diplomat is misunderstood, Raymond Malley, who retired from the Foreign Service in 1982 after a nearly 30-year career, tells a story told him by a friend at the State Department. …

Oates’ Latest Novel a Tale Of a Family Torn Apart

Thursday, February 13, 2014

“Carthage” by Joyce Carol Oates; Ecco (482 pages, $26.99) When a book begins by telling readers that a young woman, 19, has vanished into the deep woods, the expected outcome is rarely happy. But in Joyce Carol Oates’ newest book, Carthage, perhaps the outcome is not quite so …

Author Excited to See Her Novel ‘Labor Day’ Become Movie

Sunday, February 9, 2014

It took Joyce Maynard only 10 days to write Labor Day, The New York Times best-selling novel that serves as the basis for the movie of the same name that opened earlier this month. That kind of speedy …

Author: ‘Gone Girl’ Success Is ‘Insane’

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Miami — With the runaway success of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has arrived. After more than a year on bestseller lists, her deliciously poisonous ode to a marriage gone bad is heading to the big screen with Ben Affleck starring, David Fincher directing and Flynn writing the screenplay. …

At 67, Writer’s Debut Novel Wins Plaudits From Critics

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Natick, Mass. — Emily Dickinson wrote her poems in a second-floor bedroom overlooking her beloved garden. Ernest Hemingway developed his spare style, writing in a Parisian bistro watching life swirl by. For 20 years, James Whitfield Thomson has been writing short stories, novels and a memoir in a …

Amazon Debuts a Faith-Based Line of Books

Friday, January 31, 2014

Seattle — While moves aggressively into all sorts of new businesses — everything from grocery delivery to infrastructure computer services — it’s not slowing its onslaught into its original business: books. Amazon on Thursday launched its 15th book imprint, Waterfall Press, which will specialize in Christian fiction …