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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ben Hewitt / Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Path, Unschooling and reconnecting with the Natural World / today / 2 p.m. / Main Street Bookends / Warner / mainstreetbookends.com / 603-456-2700 Dr. Lawrence Climo / The Patient Was Vietcong: An American Doctor in the Vietnamese Health Service, 1966-1967 / Monday / 2 p.m. / New Hampshire Veterans Home / Tilton / 527-4425 Leigh Bardugo / Ruin and Rising, third in Grisha Trilogy / Tuesday / 6 p.m. / Gibson’s Bookstore / Concord / gibsonsbookstore.com / 224-0562 Charlotte Cox / Currents in the Stream / Tuesday / 7:30 p.m. / Moultonborough Public Library …

Review: Jon Land delivers with ‘Strong Darkness’

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In 1883, Texas Ranger William Ray Strong, assisted by the state’s famous “hanging judge,” Roy Bean, is on the trail of a serial killer who butchers Chinese railroad workers by cutting off their heads and then sewing them on backward. As if that weren’t disturbing enough, the story flashes forward to the present, …

Self-discovery in the time of Auschwitz

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In the afterword to his latest novel, The Zone of Interest, Martin Amis confronts the persistent question of why the German people, “the most highly educated nation the earth had ever seen,” were gripped by such an irrational murderous frenzy, aimed primarily against the Jews. He cites the story told by the Italian …

‘Culinary Imagination’ a journey down food memory lane

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The poet and literary critic Sandra M. Gilbert has made a career of throwing her arms around big topics. Having completed a capacious study in 2006 of death and grieving, she now turns her attention to life: specifically, …

Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is revealing without revealing it all

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halfway through her new book, Not that Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham says, “I live in a world that is almost compulsively free of secrets.” You might already have imagined that to be true if you’ve seen the …

Deafness is a superpower in ‘El Deafo’ graphic novel

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The characters in Cece Bell’s El Deafo, a graphic novel based on her childhood, have bunny ears, but they are not rabbits. Instead, those bunny ears serve as a symbol for her own ears, which made her feel …

Blow speaks on the complexity of the black male experience in ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, was released Tuesday. So far, headlines about the book have focused almost entirely on one thing: Blow’s grappling with his attraction to other …

Easy Rawlins eyes Hearst-like case

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Walter Mosley evokes the curious turns of the Patty Hearst kidnapping saga and the fractured culture of that era in Rose Gold, his latest Easy Rawlins crime thriller. Rawlins, a black private investigator based in Los Angeles, follows …

Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams

Sunday, September 28, 2014

When The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway in March 1945, the actress cast as Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield got so drunk before the show that a bucket was placed in the wings so she could throw up between …

A boy, his dog and atheism: Weingarten talks about new children’s book

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten is known for exploring morality in both somber and extremely silly ways, including an in-depth article on parents who mistakenly leave their children to die in hot cars and an essay …

On My Nightstand: ‘Red Sparrow’ a spy novel like no other

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews is a spy novel unlike any I’ve ever read. It hits like a freight train with double agents, double crosses, high-level espionage, pulse-pounding danger and relentless action that never stops! Need I say …

‘Laughter in Ancient Rome’ is like a great piece of archaeology

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Once there was a king who had a reputation as a ladies’ man, and after he died, his heir’s first duties included a tour of the provinces. In one town he …

‘The Human Age’ says there’s hope of saving the world

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Paris, flowers, butterflies and birds live on the exterior of the Quai Branly Museum, a cultural destination that doubles as a natural ecosystem. A garden stuffed with breathing plants in the thousands, and soon to house frogs …