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Sex, drugs and mystification

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stevie Nicks wrote the only No. 1 Billboard hit Fleetwood Mac ever had (“Dreams”), but Zoe Howe’s fawning new biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumours, offers ample evidence that talent and stage charisma aren’t the only reasons the 66-year-old rocker has for so long overshadowed her bandmates: Nicks has rarely stopped supplying salacious material to writers more interested in …

A straight-forward look at the war in Afghanistan

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Post-9/11 CIA memoirs keep coming with a frequency that must elevate the blood pressure of those Langley traditionalists who believe that the agency’s past should be forever entombed. Former CIA directors, division chiefs, station chiefs, lawyers, case officers and analysts have all offered their takes on recent history. The work, collectively, tends toward …

Monopoly inventor isn’t who you think

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nations, politicians, athletes, icons – they all need their foundation myths. But George Washington did not chop down the cherry tree. Michael Jordan was not cut from his high school basketball team. And Charles Darrow did not invent “Monopoly.” Yet for decades Parker Brothers peddled the story: how Darrow, an out-of-work salesman, was …

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 …

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 …