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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 …

A lost love is rediscovered

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nina George’s international best-seller The Little Paris Bookshop looks like a triumph of the confectioner’s art: pink, glossy, garlanded with icing rosettes in the form of admiring blurbs from readers and authors. It’s oozing with the sort of …

Stoddard tracks the steel industry

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When romantic poets speak of the sublime, they are usually thinking of Mont Blanc or the Simplon Passor other ­awe-inspiring natural vistas. The term sublime, after all, suggests a combination of power and magnificence, touched with terror or …

Book is soundtrack of female power

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When I was 12, I was riddled with angst and the overwhelming feeling that no one could possibly vocalize the cocktail of emotions that powered my preteen existence. My dad sensed that – was it the pouting, the …

The story of America’s deadliest cook

Saturday, August 15, 2015

There’s some irony to the title of Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s new book Terrible Typhoid Mary. As this engaging account makes clear, Mary Mallon (1869-1938) was hardly a “terrible” person, either before or after she became known in the …

The Insiders: Catch some basketball, beats, Bonners and booms at Rock On Fest today

Saturday, August 15, 2015

If we were going to map out a pretty perfect summer Saturday, it would probably include basketball, some cool live music, fireworks, all-you-can-eat tacos and the Bonner brothers. Well, if you can live without the tacos, we’ve actually …

The Insiders: Hit happy hour if you want to, but then kick the weekend off for realz with this Nevers Band show

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If you’re like us, you kick off the weekend by sliding life-like mannequins into your office chair around 2:30 in the afternoon and heading for the nearest happy hour (Bonus tip: Sell the ruse extra hard by playing …

Do this: Head to the theater this weekend

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This is the weekend to enjoy some local theater. There’s quite a selection of shows for you to choose from – including an irreverent comedy, a musical that brings a board game to life and an adaptation of …

Martin to be honored at Bluegrass Awards

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Movie star, comedian and Grammy-winning musician Steve Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award. The association announced special awards recipients and nominees Wednesday for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which …

The Insiders: The 60s are invading Eagle Square for a concert tonight

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If you could pick a decade from the past that was going to invade Concord, which one would you pick? We’d either go back to the 1850s and dazzle everyone with our signature brand of Insider humor, only …

PHOTOS: Agricultural Heritage Farm Day

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Concord City Celebration Week continued on Tuesday despite the rain with Agricultural Heritage Farm Day. Visitors to Apple Hill Farm, Carter Hill Orchard and Dimond Hill Farm were still able to learn about the histories of each place, …