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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, Home, Allen explores “how habitats makes us human.” To demonstrate, he takes readers on an evolutionary tour, with stops at ape nests, ancestral human hearths and American cities where thousands go without homes. Rest, restoration and relationships – what I will call the 3Rs – …

‘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 coolest-looking rock stars to press his boot prints into this uncool Earth? How can Keith Richards look like anything other than Keith Richards? Close your eyes and ask …

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 Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists isn’t what you’d call a rib-tickler. And not because of the intriguing and timely premise. Bergen seeks to explore why some Americans are …

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In his posthumously published When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely …

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Charlie Goldwyn’s life plan has gone awry. He didn’t plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn’t plan on his wife dying. He didn’t plan on relying on his twin sister to help him parent his …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

Jimmy Buffett musical to premiere at California theater

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm – the La Jolla Playhouse in California. Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett’s blend of rock and country tunes with …

’Love Story’ actors return to Harvard 45 years later

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names nearly half a century …