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A patrol carries a soldier on a stretcher through knee-deep mud near Bol Singhe during the British advance in Flanders on Aug. 20, 1917. (Associated Press)

Reading the Great War: The Conflict Defined a Century and Still Generates New Books

Friday, August 1, 2014

World War I began 100 years ago this week, when Germany mobilized against Russia after a month of international crisis, diplomatic maneuvering and military preparation brought on by the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28 in Sarajevo. A Gordian knot of alliances among the European countries and empires, meant to ensure stability, instead led to annihilation. …

The Nature Of Writing

Monday, July 28, 2014

Woodstock — Former Middlebury College English and Environmental Studies Professor John Elder encouraged students to see the outdoors in a new way through a workshop at the Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rochefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock on Friday afternoon as one part of a weekend-long annual event known as Bookstock. A group of …

‘The Mockingbird Next Door’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What ever happened to Harper Lee? The Alabama native was 34 when her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1960. This tale of childhood innocence and racial injustice in the Depression-era South won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, was adapted for an award-winning film with Gregory Peck and became a …

Taibbi Details Fallen U.S. Ideals

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Matt Taibbi begins his sixth book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, with a simple formulation: “Poverty goes up; Crime goes down; Prison population doubles.” It’s a snapshot, a way to represent what Taibbi sees as the through-the-looking-glass reality of contemporary America, where …

Storytelling for Lawyers: Vermont Law School Professor Writes Book About Justice and the Narrative Arc

Friday, April 25, 2014

In 1991 lawyer Philip Meyer spent 13 weeks in Hartford, Conn., watching the trial of Louie Failla, a small-time Mafia hoodlum indicted on racketeering charges along with seven other mobsters. Failla seemed to have been caught dead to …

How a Mob Got Away With Killing Joseph Smith

Friday, April 25, 2014

“American Crucifixion” by Alex Beam; PublicAffairs (336 pages, $26.99) In 1844, when Illinois was the wild, wild west, an armed mob stormed a jailhouse and assassinated an American religious leader. And got away with it. The story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith’s death 170 years ago receives a …

Going It Alone: Authors Discuss Their Decision to Abandon Traditional Publishing

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Newport News, Va. — “I should write a book.” We’ve all heard that statement before from friends or family or co-workers. We might even have said it ourselves. We all have stories to tell, whether real or fictional. …

Five-Colleges Book Sale Sets Attendance Mark

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lebanon — About halfway through Day One of the annual Five-Colleges Book Sale Saturday, book dealers Frank and Sue O’Brien were whittling through large stacks of books that they had plucked from tables around Lebanon High School, choosing …

Garcia Marquez Was More Than Magical Realism

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a charmer. The great Colombian novelist, who died Thursday, called Mexico City home for much of his life, and it was there that I met him, at a chi-chi Mexican restaurant where he agreed …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Author Peter Matthiessen Dies at 86

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Associated Press Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of …