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President George H.W. Bush casts into the surf at the mouth of the Mousam River in Kennebunk, Maine on Sunday, Sept. 25, 1989    T he President spent the weekend at his home on the Maine coast and came empty handed during his fishing outing. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

‘41’: George W.’s ‘love story’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is the only commander in chief in modern times who has declined to write a memoir. Now George W. Bush, the 43rd president, strides into the void with a book of his own intended to give voice to his modest father’s life and legacy. At the outset of 41, …

Three treasure-houses for young readers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Here are three books young readers – from wannabe explorers to budding logophiles – will enjoy: Keep digging Is any childhood truly complete without at least one shovel-wielding foray into shoulder-deep dirt? Typically, the preferred destination is the other side of the Earth, but in Mac Barnett’s matter-of-fact anthem to the youthful urge …

‘Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered’ reveals the woman behind the smile

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has captivated audiences for centuries, inspiring songs, poetry and film. But little is known about the woman behind what may be the world’s most famous painting. The consensus among art researchers and historians is that Leonardo da Vinci’s model was Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, wife of a Florentine …

‘Falling From Horses’ lacks tension

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“No animals were harmed in the making of this film.” If you see that disclaimer at the end of a movie, you know it was made after 1980. That’s when the Screen Actors Guild finally negotiated a contract …

Calling all N.H. children: Time to vote for your favorite picture book

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The elections aren’t over yet. Now it’s time for New Hampshire’s youngest residents to weigh in – on their favorite picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from across the state have narrowed the choices for the 2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award to 10 titles. The award aims …

Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read …

Tomie dePaola visits Gibson’s Bookstore for discussion, book signing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Listeners young and old filled chairs, sat on the floor and peered around bookshelves at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord yesterday morning to hear from local author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. “I love my home, I work at home. …

‘Beautiful You’ feels phoned-in

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk is something of a devilish demigod in gross-out social satire. Over the years, his signature attention to minutiae and his generous hand with carnal humor in books such as Fight Club and Choke have broadened his …

Review: Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When the final novel in the Frank Bascombe trilogy was published in 2007, its author made it plain that a fourth book about the introspective sportswriter-turned-real estate broker wasn’t even a remote possibility. But now, seven years later …

Healing words in ‘Small Victories’

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fans of author Anne Lamott know reading her work is like finding a favorite sweater from the depths of the closet on the first crisp fall day: warm, comforting, familiar and easy. Her new book, Small Victories: Spotting …

Bob Hope’s lasting legacy of more than laughs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Hope …

Hockney biographer publishes second, final volume

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More than halfway through the second volume of his vivid, intimate biography of British artist David Hockney, Christopher Simon Sykes describes the moment in the 1980s when Hockney discovers the creative possibilities of the photocopy machine. A natural …

George W. Bush launches book about his father

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Former president George W. Bush formally launched his personal biography of his father at a joint appearance with George H.W. Bush on Tuesday at the father’s Texas A&M university presidential library. 41: A Portrait of My Father offers a glimpse of the 90-year-old Bush’s life through the eyes …