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‘Home’ explores how habitats make us human

Sunday, February 14, 2016

When traveling in a foreign city, or even just working late at the office, we may suddenly be flooded with a feeling: I just want to go home. There’s a scientific reason behind that yearning, says neuroanthropologist John Allen. Unlike any other species, he writes in his new book, we are “fundamentally home-minded.” In his engaging and informative natural history, …

‘Keith Richards: A Life in Pictures’ a treat for super-fans

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It really bugs me when people say that Keith Richards looks like a pirate. Don’t these pseuds know that they’re talking about one of the …

Jihadist terrorism not a threat?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Confession: I burst out laughing when I read the jacket copy of Peter Bergen’s new book. Not because of the title – United States of …

‘The Language of Secrets’ an action-packed cop drama

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The hot-button issues of religion and culture – sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion – make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan’s second novel about Esa Khattak, head of Toronto’s Community Policing Section that handles minority issues. …

‘The Cowshed’ a stark reminder of dark time in China

Sunday, February 7, 2016

China doesn’t make it easy for its people to openly discuss sensitive issues. Some were surprised, then, when a professor at one of the country’s most prestigious universities published this memoir in 1998 of his abuse during the …

Author kicks off new series with ‘Orphan X’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, Orphan X, that invokes the best of Batman, The Bourne Identity and The Equalizer films. The Orphan Program is a secret government program that takes …

New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what’s known as gay conversion therapy. The Democratic governor’s move, announced Saturday, comes as gay rights advocates have …

Unmasking ‘Wrinkles,’ the mysterious, creepy clown who punishes misbehaving kids for cash

Saturday, February 6, 2016

He lingers on street corners, wanders local fairs and materializes outside of children’s bedroom windows. Those are some of the reasons that the creepy clown known as “Wrinkles” has been the talk of Naples, Fla., for the past few years. But beyond his unsettling stoicism and willingness to …

The Cult deftly climbs new heights on ‘Hidden City’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. Hidden City shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band’s 10th album, Hidden City, rocks …

Spicy sauces add an optional flavor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Getting a healthy meal together quickly can be a challenge. Getting a healthy tasty meal together even more so, especially if you have some finicky eaters in the family. My solution? Take some time on the weekend every …

A doggone great winter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter weather in New Hampshire is invariably cold, although the intensity of the cold may vary, along with the amount of snow and ice on the ground at any time. And yet, our dogs need to go out, …

Jimmy Tingle brings presidential primary comedy show to Concord

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jimmy Tingle has never held an elected office. He’s not a Democratic nor a Republican. But he wants your vote in the 2016 presidential election. Tingle boasts more than 30 years of comedic experience, contributing to The Tonight …

Local Model T club aids Affleck film

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Members of the Central N.H. Model T Club joined other New England Model T clubs for a drive into the past. Specifically, the 1920s in Boston. The car clubs volunteered their vehicles and, in some cases, themselves for …