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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 …

3 E.B. White classics will soon be available as e-books

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Three E.B. White classics read by millions of parents to their children will soon be available on the digital screen. HarperCollins announced last week that Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan can be purchased …

Book offers info on establishing family values

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Money can be a touchy subject for people of all income levels, but a new book on the importance of teaching kids to handle their finances suggests parents stop avoiding the topic and start talking turkey. The Opposite …

Strong storytelling in Spanish ‘The Siege’

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Arturo Perez-Reverte’s latest book is a riveting wartime murder mystery that won the Crime Writers’ Association’s International Dagger award. It is, also, a historical novel that is at risk of being thwarted by the author’s ambition. Set in …

Much to savor and laugh about in ‘Last American Vampire’

Sunday, February 8, 2015

History buffs with a sense of humor and an unslaked thirst for the macabre will find much to savor in The Last American Vampire, Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest, delightfully loopy riff on our nation’s past. The novel takes up …

Review: Duchovny writes funny tale of Elsie the cow

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The actor known for playing Fox Mulder on the TV series The X-Files and Hank Moody on the show Californication shows his comic side with Holy Cow, a tale of Elsie the cow. Elsie enjoys life on the …

Thievery, minus the romanticism

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The brotherhood of criminals gets an incisive, gritty look in this highly entertaining launch of John Clarkson’s new series. Among Thieves shows the importance of unconditional loyalty and business acumen for those who operate outside the law. Yet …

Mark Zuckerberg makes 3rd book club pick

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg’s new book club pick is a best-seller about a sociologist’s time in a Chicago housing project and his unexpected friendship with a gang leader. The Facebook CEO posted on his page Monday that he had selected Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day, first published in …

The emperor’s stolen actress

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Imagine you’re a film producer who’s developing a new movie to be based – like your Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987) – on a true story. What could be more cinematic than the bizarre tale of how North …

Amid ‘Mockingbird’ sequel buzz, worries about Lee’s wishes

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hometown friends and fans of To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher’s sensational announcement – that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel has been rediscovered and will be released – with the …

Second Harper Lee novel to be published in July

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird will not be Harper Lee’s only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced yesterday that Go Set a Watchman, a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be …