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Novelist imagines the life of Pissarro’s mother

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Midway through Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept him from eating or sleeping since birth. The herbalist, who lives in a shack the budding artist will one day use as a makeshift studio, studies the infant, then renders his diagnosis. There’s nothing the matter with him, he says. “He just has other things on his mind. . . . He sees what you can’t see.” A 2-week-old? Unlikely. But realism is beside the point in …

The fight over proper usage

Saturday, August 29, 2015

How you say something matters as much as what you say. At least that’s the opinion of many grammarians, who have been quibbling about Americans’ use of language for as long as there has been an American language to fight over. Rosemarie Ostler’s Founding Grammars chronicles these word wars in wonderful, wonkish detail. …

Hummingbird rehabber saves numerous birds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You don’t have to be a bird person in general or a hummingbird person specifically to read Fastest Things on Wings. You don’t need to know anything about birds at all. The very gifted bird whisperer Terry Masear has you covered. She’s one of California’s hardest-working hummingbird rehabilitators. What she knows about these …

An early attempt to bring the West to Japan

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As most of us can attest, being a teenager is hard enough. Now imagine being a Japanese teenager in America – in the 1870s. If your imagination needs a little help, look no further than Janice P. Nimura’s …

‘Circling the Sun’ doesn’t offer a truer sense of Markham

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As a young person, I searched for books about Africa. Black African writers were in short supply back then, but Rudyard Kip­ling, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad were readily available. They delivered a world of danger, …

‘Safari’ memoir from founder of Abercrombie & Kent

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing “the most beauteous and magnificent beast” he’d ever seen, he vows, …

poland: Controversial, iconic rainbow taken down

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Warsaw’s iconic and controversial rainbow art, once installed by an old cloister and then a symbol of Poland’s leadership in the European Union and of tolerance for sexual minorities, has been taken down. Dozens of people watched Wednesday …

Do This: Celebrate Maxine Kumin and opera this weekend

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The life of Maxine Kumin, beloved New Hampshire icon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will be honored at Gibson’s Bookstore today. Suzy Colt, Kumin’s long-time personal assistant and friend, will present a slideshow presentation of Maxine’s life, and …

Muster Field Farm gears up for busiest weekend of the year

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you’ve never been to Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton, this might be a good weekend to check it out. Saturday and Sunday just so happen to be when Muster Field has its busiest two days …

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as No Escape, a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does No Escape take place? It’s about a Texas family that …

UNH professor Charles Simic wins Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize for poetry

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poet and University of New Hampshire professor Charles Simic was recently selected as the sixth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Simic, 77, is a writer who has published many books of poetry and …

In Boscawen, a farm-to-ears initiative gains traction

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Down a quiet lane in Boscawen once stood an apple orchard. But where fruit once grew, music now emanates from a farm unlike any others in the area. Internationally, the property in the rural, central New Hampshire town …

Downtown: Concord plays host to new Greek tragedy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two guys, sitting side by side at the bar in True Brew Barista. The scene would be completely normal on a Saturday in Concord – except for the camera and the lights and the microphones. A couple walks …