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This photo undated provided photo by Bruce Beaton shows Pamela Smith Hill in her office in Portland, Ore. Hill has been the lead editor on "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," since 2010. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author behind the beloved "Little House" series, likely wrote her autobiography in the late 1920s. The South Dakota State Historical Society Press plans to publish the annotated version of this fall. (AP Photo/Bruce Beaton)

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 living. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography — Wilder’s unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk …

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 that unfolded at the very end of the Age of Exploration. Three centuries after Italian …

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. It is Dean’s third Watergate-related book since 1976. What could possibly be new? “I’ll show …

Warm Summer Air Carries Writers’ Voices to the Upper Valley

Friday, June 6, 2014

The way some of us who still enjoy driving will from time to time sit back and trust the wheel to another pilot, devoted bookworms in the Upper Valley this summer will find many opportunities to leave the …

A President’s Faith

Friday, June 6, 2014

In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the presidency on a wave of public disillusionment with government. After Watergate, Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace in 1974, and the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. The economy …

‘Portlandia’s’ Batty Bookstore Duo B ids for Emmy Attention

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Los Angeles — Portland’s best known feminist bookstore owners are headed to Los Angeles this week, and they mean business. Funny business. Toni and Candace, the bohemian couple who run the Women and Women First bookstore in IFC’s quirky sketch comedy Portlandia, will be squaring off with a …

Duncan Hines: An Early Food Celebrity

Sunday, June 1, 2014

“Mention the name ‘Duncan Hines’ to Americans under 55 today and the image their minds will undoubtedly conjure is a cake mix package,” writes Louis Hatchett in the introduction to Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the …

Searching for White’s Maine

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When I pulled off I-95 near Augusta, Maine, I needed gas and caffeine. But something else was even more pressing. The cover of E.B. White’s book One Man’s Meat that I had torn off and affixed to my …

A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide for the Newly Wealthy

Friday, May 23, 2014

“It goes without saying that the foundation of social climbing is money. It is really no good without it.” So begins Chapter One of a slim but instructive volume by Lincoln Kerney titled The Art of Social Climbing. …

Tolkien’s 1926 Translation of ‘Beowulf’ Printed

Friday, May 23, 2014

“Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien; Houghton Mifflin, NY (448 pages, $28) One does not casually read Beowulf. It takes commitment. It also takes a good translation, and few were better at …

Legendary CIA Operative Robert Ames Gets His Due in New Biography

Friday, May 23, 2014

“The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames” by Kai Bird; Crown (448 pages, $26) The collapse last month of America’s latest efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal marked another spin in the relentless cycle of heartache, conflict and terrorism in the Middle East. Arguably …

‘Why We Stay’ in Royalton

Friday, May 23, 2014

‘Why We Stay,’ a documentary photography project of Chris Cammock and Nate Larson, releases its second book this evening at the Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30. Cammock and Larson, who …

Film, TV Productions Flock to Bay State

Friday, May 23, 2014

Devens, Mass. — Desi Van Til describes her film Tumbledown as a love letter to her home state of Maine. Van Til wrote the indie movie that stars Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall and is based on her …