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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 …

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 …

Ruth Reichl Returned to The Kitchen For Novel

Friday, May 23, 2014

When magazine publishing giant Condé Nast announced in 2009 that it was closing Gourmet magazine, editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl suddenly found herself unmoored. “My basic philosophy is that when you’re in trouble, do the hardest thing,” Reichl says by phone from her home in upstate New York. “Do the …

Book Tackles Duke Lacrosse Scandal

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The details you may recall of the March 2006 Duke lacrosse scandal are likely scant. If the constant spin of the 24-hour news cycle hasn’t erased all of them from your memory, you may remember that three members of a lacrosse team were erroneously charged with the rape …

Cheney Examines Madison

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Washington — He was sure in his views, exercised power behind the scenes, helped lead the nation after it was attacked and suffered from a serious health condition. His accomplishments are also under-appreciated. At least, that is how …

White House Awaits Aides’ Memoirs

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Washington — Over the next month, two of President Obama’s closest first-term advisers will spill insider details on the administration’s handling of the early days of the recession, the White House’s cautious response to Syria and the genesis …

‘Claremont Boy’: The Boyhood (and Town) That Made the Man

Friday, May 9, 2014

Joe Steinfield left Claremont at age 18 to go to college and then law school, and has not lived there since. But in his mind he’s still a kid from Claremont, the place that was for him growing …