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 It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl can’t be together because their love is forbidden by a government that has betrothed them to other people and will banish them if they so much as kiss. What’s a couple of cra

Concord native writes dystopian novel

Friday, February 27, 2015

It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl can’t be together because their love is forbidden by a government that has betrothed them to other people and will banish them if they so much as kiss. What’s a couple of crazy kids gotta do to find love in the not-too-distant dystopian future? Well, that’s just what New Hampshire native and new author Meredith Tate is exploring in her debut novel Missing Pieces, published by Omnific Publishing. The story follows Trace Bailey and Piren Allston’s journey from childhood friends to secret sweethearts despite the fact that if their …

New book tells story of Revolutionary War hero John Stark

Thursday, February 26, 2015

His words grace New Hampshire’s license plates – “Live Free or Die” – yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark, despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution’s most significant battles. Two brothers hope to enlighten readers …

Review: ‘Lost & Found’ is a poignant debut

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brooke Davis’s debut novel, Lost & Found, begins with 7-year-old Millie Bird, who has recently lost her father, being abandoned by her grieving mother in a department store. Millie befriends Karl the Touch Typist, a widower on the lam from his nursing home, and Agatha Pantha, an 82-year-old widow who hasn’t spoken to …

Take a look – Dr. Seuss has a new book

Sunday, February 22, 2015

More than 20 years after his death, there is still plenty of news about Dr. Seuss. Random House Children’s Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called What Pet Should I Get? on …

Book Review: “The Case against the Supreme Court” by Erwin Chemerinsky:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

This fine book, written by law professor and constitutional law litigator, Erwin Chemerinsky, presents a balanced but ultimately unsatisfying view of the U.S. Supreme Court. Chemerinsky persuasively argues that the Supreme Court has largely failed as an institution. …

Review: Twists, characters propel the novel ‘Twelve Days’

Sunday, February 22, 2015

From a shoulder-fired rocket aimed at a passenger jet that alights its opening pages, Twelve Days is the sort of spy thriller that locks you in a fast and ferocious grip and won’t let you go. There are …

You don’t know ABCs like this

Sunday, February 22, 2015

N ow I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me? If you’ve ever chanted the alphabet song or taught it to a child, you’ve lied there at the end. You don’t know your ABCs – …

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Published almost simultaneously, these two mysteries from London form an interesting pair. Each features a troubled Englishwoman who takes an almost morbid interest in another person or persons. At first merely voyeurs, the two women soon become meddlers. …

A photo life, and other stories

Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘Gordon Parks’ From inauspicious beginnings, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) became a pioneering photographer and filmmaker as well as a novelist, composer and poet. In this picture-book biography, Caldecott honoree Carole Boston Weatherford focuses on Parks’s photographic career, particularly the …

On love that is given, yet is not returned

Saturday, February 14, 2015

When the student is ready, the Buddhists say, the teacher will appear. My sentiments exactly, I thought, the day Lisa A. Phillips’s book Unrequited landed in my lap at the precise moment I realized that a man I …

‘Crazy Love You’ is complex and surprising

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lisa Unger takes what appears to be a tale of finding true love and adds in a nightmare element in her latest chiller, Crazy Love You. Ian tells his story of trying to escape the past and find …

Anne Tyler’s 20th novel continues her streak

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Anne Tyler published her first novel in 1964, and some 50 years later she is still going strong. A Spool of Blue Thread, her 20th novel, is a miracle of sorts, a tender, touching and funny story about …

Addario reveals vulnerability in memoir ‘It’s What I Do’

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Photojournalists, particularly the ones who repeatedly cover war zones, have a reputation for being tough, fearless, sometimes cavalier and repeatedly lucky in a way that defies logic. So, it’s striking the number of times Lynsey Addario writes in …