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The former editor of Yankee Magazine, Jud Hale, has reissued his memoir "The Education of a Yankee" and is looking ahead to his next stage in life after retiring from the position six months ago.

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac says, shows that you can’t shoehorn Yankee traits into a one-size-fits-all label. “I’ve been trying …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Young Readers:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

‘Tommy Can’t Stop’ With his big round eyes, toothy grin and fizzy energy, little Tommy is a character easily recognizable to both parent and child. He leaps, kicks and stomps – quite literally bringing down the house. “ …

The invention of handguns in medieval London

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You will be forgiven if, upon completing Bruce Holsinger’s novel The Invention of Fire, you decide that the author spent his early years in late-14th-century London, later to be magically transported to our own time. Holsinger is a …

Stephen King wins Edgar for best mystery novel

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stephen King isn’t only a master of horror. He’s also a man of mystery. King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners at the 69th annual Edgar Awards on April 29, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King’s crime story Mr. Mercedes received the best novel prize …

Stories from the attic: Two new books draw on experiences of past generations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grandparents’ experiences are the inspiration behind two books with local connections that were released Tuesday. When Emilie Christie Burack of Hopkinton discovered a box of cassettes her grandfather made documenting his life and his family, the find led …

‘Pleasantville’ has gripping, believable plot

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The compelling Pleasantville continues Attica Locke’s insightful look at African-American life in Houston, where politics, race and classism converge in myriad ways. Locke sets her third novel in Pleasantville, a Houston neighborhood that was built after World War …

A colorful account of the birth of modern art in Paris

Sunday, May 10, 2015

At the dawn of the 20th century the Parisian district of Montmartre was still largely rural, a hillside village dotted with windmills, vineyards and tumbledown shacks. There, a ragtag band of young artists, many of them foreigners, gravitated …

An ordinary person’s guide to love

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On a single day in 2009, Ellen McCarthy became the wedding reporter for the Washington Post and broke up with her boyfriend of nearly two years. At age 30, she was suddenly a chick-flick cliche, interviewing florists and …

Sci-Fi novel releases anniversary folio

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Frank Herbert’s Dune holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of science-fiction fans around the world. In 1984, I took a young woman to see David Lynch’s movie version of the classic novel. …

Action-packed yet introspective

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On its surface, The Knife, by former Army Ranger Ross Ritchell, is a debut novel filled with enough adrenaline-fueled combat to satisfy any Hollywood producer. But while the book admirably focuses on the sights and sounds of a …