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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ben Hewitt / Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling and reconnecting with the Natural World / today / 2 p.m. / Main Street Bookends / Warner / mainstreetbookends.com / 603-456-2700 Dr. Lawrence Climo / The Patient Was Vietcong: An American Doctor in the Vietnamese Health Service, 1966-1967 / Monday / 2 p.m. / New Hampshire Veterans Home / Tilton / 527-4425 Leigh Bardugo / Ruin and Rising, third in Grisha Trilogy / Tuesday / 6 p.m. / Gibson’s Bookstore / Concord / gibsonsbookstore.com / 224-0562 Charlotte Cox / Currents in the Stream / Tuesday / 7:30 p.m. / Moultonborough Public Library …

Review: Jon Land delivers with ‘Strong Darkness’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In 1883, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong, assisted by the state’s famous “hanging judge,” Roy Bean, is on the trail of a serial killer who butchers Chinese railroad workers by cutting off their heads and then sewing them on backward. As if that weren’t disturbing enough, the story flashes forward to the present, …

Self-discovery in the time of Auschwitz

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In the afterword to his latest novel, The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis confronts the persistent question of why the German people, “the most highly educated nation the earth had ever seen,” were gripped by such an irrational murderous frenzy, aimed primarily against the Jews. He cites the story told by the Italian …

Living life in an uneasy eternal replay mode

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meg Wolitzer’s 2013 best-seller, The Interestings, featured a group of precocious teenagers who met at summer camp in 1974. Wolitzer’s gift for capturing youthful exuberance and insecurity in that book suggested that she’d also be a natural at …

Review: Couple finds a lost spark in ‘Brightwell’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

At the heart of this light, energetic tale of a group of wealthy eccentrics on holiday at a seaside resort in England emerges a story of a marriage. Yes, there’s a juicy scandal, snobbish comments and petty disagreements …

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Shreve spins a beautiful romance From the illustrated cover showing a rosy-cheeked, wistful young girl to the eminently satisfying ending, Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve (1999) is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful romance novels I have ever read. The main character, Olympia Biddeford, lives with her parents …

‘Smoke’ will keep you laughing through the despair

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Facing your own mortality can be a terrifying task, and Caitlin Doughty’s memoir aims to make us do just that. When she was 23 years old, Doughty took a job at Westwind Cremation & Burial, a family-owned mortuary …

Moore spills decades-old beans in ‘One Lucky Bastard’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Roger Moore’s screen superpower has always been his ability to project the seemingly opposing qualities of geniality and entitlement at the same time. He was already a 45-year-old star of British television when he was propelled to global …

Review: ‘The Lost Key’ is compelling thriller

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A sub that disappeared near the end of World War I plays a key role in a modern-day murder in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison’s The Lost Key. Nicholas Drummond has left his job with British intelligence and …

w: The sources of our political distempers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Why have millions of Americans turned their backs on civic affairs, trashed elected officials and come to distrust the federal government? What are the sources of our political distempers? Such questions occupy the center of Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: …

‘Build a Girl’ a tale of survival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In the author’s note to her rambunctious novel How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran insists that her teenage protagonist, Johanna Morrigan, is not herself, and that her story is fiction. But the plot mirrors Moran’s own unlikely …

Critic and museum director on encounters with art

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stendhal wrote about feeling faint in the presence of great art. Goethe said that merely knowing that a sculpture he admired could be created made him “twice the person” he was. Proust, in an episode of In Search …

‘Seven Killings’ a social portrait worthy of Diego Rivera

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exploding with violence and seething with arousal, the third novel by Marlon James cuts a swath across recent Jamaican history. It leaves its Kingston ghettos strewn with victims, a few of them lovers, all of them spattered with …