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Long lost film illuminates 1938 Poland

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the spring of 2009, Glenn Kurtz uncovered a roll of 71-year-old film in his parents’ Florida basement. Deteriorated and shrunken with age, the film was just months away from being completely unwatchable. Instead, it became a rare window onto the lost world of a mostly Jewish town in Eastern Europe on the eve of the Holocaust and the impetus for Kurtz’s book Three Minutes in Poland. Once restored by researchers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the film showed footage from Kurtz’s grandparents’ 1938 European vacation, including three minutes in the Polish town of Nasielsk, where Kurtz’s grandfather David was born. …

Author defies categorization

Sunday, March 22, 2015

There are authors who write in tidy, classifiable, immediately recognizable genres – Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to name a few – and then there are those who adamantly do not. These others can surprise us with storylines and settings that are guises to be worn and shucked after …

A haunting tale

Sunday, March 22, 2015

M.J. Rose writes compelling tales with a gothic flair, and her latest novel, The Witch of Painted Sorrows, is her most heartfelt yet. Paris in 1894 is a vastly different society than what is experienced in today’s modern world. Sandrine Salome flees from New York City to Paris to escape an abusive and …

Kim Gordon is more than just a ‘Girl in a Band’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and …

Toni Morrison and Rita Dove to attend National Book Critics Circle Awards

Saturday, February 28, 2015

This month’s National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony will offer a rare chance to see some of the country’s most celebrated authors. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has confirmed that she will attend the March 12 ceremony to receive this year’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. The NBCC announced …

Lippman deals with parenthood in ‘Hush Hush’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Laura Lippman’s novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way of looking at what motivates people and how …

On My Nightstand: ‘The Disappearance’ is a wild thriller

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In The Disappearance by J.F. Freedman, a teenager named Emma Lancaster has been abducted from a slumber party she was having with two of her girlfriends. One of the young girls briefly awakes and describes a blanket-wrapped Emma in someone’s arms. There is no struggle and the kidnapaper’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …