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This photo provided by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone shows the cover of the book, "Champagne Supernovas," by author, Maureen Callahan. (AP Photo/ Simon & Schuster/Touchstone)

‘Champagne Supernovas’: Exploring 1990s Fashion

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ‘90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion puts readers in the front row and three of the era’s biggest names in the catwalk spotlight. Author Maureen Callahan contends that the waifish, plain models and thrift-shop grunge aesthetic of ’90s fashion was an antidote to the “Glamazons” and gold-plated excess of the 1980s. There was a hunger for authenticity, and no one kept it more real than designers McQueen and Jacobs, and their muse, model Kate Moss. Rising above childhoods marked by insecurity, financial instability and a yearning to escape the conventional, they had an unquestionable and enduring …

A Young Man’s Confession

Friday, September 12, 2014

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, by Andrew Lohse; Thomas Dunne Books; 303 pages; $25.99 Dartmouth College hazing whistleblower Andrew Lohse published his memoir, Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy , a 303-page narrative detailing the abuses he suffered and perpetrated at his fraternity, on Aug. 26. Since then, much of …

Stories That Paint Sexuality In Its Teenage Complexity

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rainey Royal, by Dylan Landis ; Soho Press ; 246 pages, $25 A birth control pill with a glass of milk. This is what Howard Royal serves his daughter Rainey for breakfast every morning. He “waits until she swallows,” reminding her that “with maturity comes responsibility.” She is 14 years old. Washing down …

Ghosts of the Great War

Sunday, June 8, 2014

What Americans know about World War I is probably nothing to brag about. How it started may be a mystery to many. Why the United States got involved, just as befuddling. Baby boomers may know something about the …

Celebrating a Curious Character

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Most small towns can be counted upon to have their own scribe, the person who records and commemorates its history, and West Windsor is no exception. For a time in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Daniel …

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 …