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A toad in Hanover's Pine Park. (Steve Smith photograph)

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 wanted something physical that people could put …

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 …

Two New Works Capture Only Fleeting Glimpses of J.D. Salinger

Friday, July 4, 2014

J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller; New Harvest (192 pages, $20) My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff; Alfred A. Knopf (272 pages, $25.95) The famously reclusive J.D. Salinger wouldn’t allow himself to be known. And yet …

Tickets for Billy Collins Poetry Reading Are Going Fast

Friday, July 4, 2014

Woodstock — With the countdown to the sixth edition of the Bookstock literary festival at three weeks from today, organizers are still counting by the dozen the number of seats available for former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’s opening night appearance at Town Hall Theatre on July 25 …

Spinning a Publishing Mystery

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith; Mullholland Books (464 pages, $28) If J.K. Rowling had as much fun writing The Silkworm as I did reading it, she had a blast. As the woman who created Harry Potter, Rowling became …

Bio of Flying Ace Rickenbacker Reveals His ‘Enduring Courage’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

World War I fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the internal combustion engine came of age together. Rickenbacker was a pioneering race car driver who relentlessly pursued faster speeds. He helped develop new technologies. And he survived the “world’s …

‘Second Amendment’ History on Target

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Second Amendment is just 27 words long: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” But in that single, awkwardly constructed sentence, Michael Waldman suggests in The Second …

Kellie Martin: Actor to Writer

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — Actress Kellie Martin was celebrating the best role she’d ever had. Even though she’d starred on shows like Christy and Life Goes On, she was co-starring on ER, a cosmic hit on television. But Martin’s …

Authors and Alcoholism

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our culture has a way of romanticizing the booze-addled scribe, the rakish writer quick with a quip: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams, Raymond Carver. These were masters of American letters. These were also incorrigible …

Poet Laureate Charles Wright Can Be Hard To Reach

Friday, June 20, 2014

Charles Wright once said, “I want to be the anonymous author.” But for 44 years this modest Southerner has been publishing poetry, and the accolades have kept arriving: a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book …

‘My Struggle’ Traces a Long Quest for Meaning in Daily Life

Friday, June 20, 2014

My Struggle: Book Three: Boyhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett; Archipelago (428 pages, $27) Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle is the buzz book of the moment — or more accurately a certain kind of buzz book, for a certain kind …

Young Adult Novels Are Not for Old Adults

Friday, June 20, 2014

Since The Fault in Our Stars barreled into theaters this month virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad …