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This photo provided by William Morrow Publishers shows the cover of the book, "One Mile Under," by author Andrew Gross. (AP Photo/William Morrow Publishers)

Andrew Gross delivers with ‘One Mile Under’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Detective Ty Hauck returns from a hiatus to tackle a personal case in Andrew Gross’ latest mystery, One Mile Under. Dani Whalen knows the Roaring Fork River like the back of her hand, and she enjoys taking tourists on whitewater rafting excursions on the more exciting sections. One morning, her group comes across another boat and the body of someone she knows. From all appearances, Trey Watkins had an accident, hit his head and drowned. She knows Watkins knew the river better than she does, so she’s skeptical of the official report since he wasn’t wearing his usual helmet. When a local hot air balloonist …

Narrative of ‘Adult Onset’ feels intensely personal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon. A famous author of YA novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is …

Memoir recounts days in mental asylum

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barbara Taylor was a promising young historian when madness struck. She wound up at Friern Mental Hospital, an institution outside London. Friern was once the largest asylum for the mentally ill in Europe, and it looked the part: “a B-movie image of a loony bin,” Taylor writes in The Last Asylum, her engrossing …

Funny lady: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

She was delightful in Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, then uproarious as the monster’s tuneful bride in Young Frankenstein. Yet Madeline Kahn often didn’t seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the …

Wright brothers taught the world to fly

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilbur Wright played the harmonica, Orville the violin. There were two older Wright brothers, Reuchlin and Lorin, and a younger sister, Katharine, a graduate of Oberlin College and a high school Latin teacher. She and the younger two …

Black holes have fascinated for centuries

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who doesn’t love black holes, the most mythical creatures in the physics pantheon? They’ve been posited as the basis of time machines, as gateways to other universes and as the seeds from which baby universes are born. These …

MacDowell colony launches diversity fellowship

Saturday, May 23, 2015

One of the country’s oldest artist colonies is starting a fellowship dedicated to literary diversity. The MacDowell Colony, chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, announced Monday that it had acquired funding for a fellowship to be awarded to writers from “populations across racial and cultural boundaries.” The …

A masterful new biography of artist Isamu Noguchi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Isamu Noguchi was a difficult man who made art easy to look at. In his life and work, he was riddled with contradictions. Humble and egotistical. Steadfast and temperamental. Listless and energetic. A loyal friend and faithless lover. …

‘Spinster’ is thought-provoking look at singlehood

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Even its opening lines are provocative: “Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice . . …

Could you unplug for a year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, Love and Miss Communication. Readers must consider one thought-provoking question: Could you remain offline for a year? Evie Rosen’s future is …

‘The Forgotten Room’ unleashes its secret

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In The Forgotten Room, professor Jeremy Logan tackles another baffling case – that might be his last. Lincoln Child, of the writing duo Preston & Child, has written several outstanding thrillers featuring Logan, who specializes in analyzing and solving possible supernatural mysteries. This time, Logan is sent to …

‘Pedro’ is an easy read with lots of insight

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It was September 2001, and the Boston Red Sox were in the final month of a miserable season. Ace pitcher Pedro Martinez had been shut down for the rest of the year with a rotator cuff injury, and …

Second book released in continuation, not triology

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clocking in at almost 500 pages, Early Warning, the middle volume of Jane Smiley’s three-volume saga of the Langdon family, is a good reminder of our culture’s conflicted tastes. In an era of tweets, texts and flash fiction, …