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** FILE * Theodore Roosevelt, is shown speaking when he stumped the country for William McKinley during the Presidential Campaign of 1900. Roosevelt was McKinley's running mate on the Republican ticket. Speaking loudly and carrying on like. It's a rare part of the 2008 presidential campaign rhetoric that crosses party lines. Democrats and Republicans alike are frequently invoking the words of the nation's 26th president and renowned political maverick. (AP Photo)

A look at Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the primary process

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president, over the strenuous efforts of party regulars to derail him, he ought to send a note of thanks to Geoffrey Cowan. Almost 50 years ago, Cowan led a campaign among the Democrats to strengthen the system of primary elections and reduce the power of party bosses. The campaign succeeded, giving the …

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In his posthumously published When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely little time left. What follows is a poignant account of his life, his quest to …

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Charlie Goldwyn’s life plan has gone awry. He didn’t plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn’t plan on his wife dying. He didn’t plan on relying on his twin sister to help him parent his eccentric 5-year-old son, Caleb, who has only imaginary friends and an obsession with female accessories. …

‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraiser to speak about rare books

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow is speaking about the value of old and rare books at the Pembroke Public Library. Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston is scheduled to speak Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Gloss, the second-generation owner of the store, will …

Lionizing a legend

Saturday, January 9, 2016

If one worked in the Senate, as I did, in the 1970s, it did not take long before you became acquainted with Ted Kennedy’s staff. In almost every policy area, they were ubiquitous and known for their intelligence, …

‘House of 8 Orchids’ is compelling thriller

Saturday, January 9, 2016

James Thayer delivers a vivid and compelling thriller set in 1937 China in his new novel, House of 8 Orchids. Readers will travel to a time and place unfamiliar yet also strikingly real. The story jumps right in with the kidnapping of two American brothers in 1912. Twenty-five …

Three new romance novels worth a read

Saturday, January 9, 2016

It might come as a shock to those who don’t read romance novels, but readers aren’t always looking for fantasy in their books. Sure, every once in a while a story might give us a white knight on a noble steed, riding through hellfire to save his lady …

A refreshing, crazy debut novel

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Eileen Curtright’s first novel, The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska, is as refreshing as it is occasionally insane. When we meet Rebecca Meer, she’s celebrating her new partnership in a fertility clinic in her hometown. But because Ward, …

‘The Force Awakens’ book makes the film proud

Sunday, January 3, 2016

If you can’t get enough of the new Star Wars movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi is not your only hope. Use the Force – of a book. Alan Dean Foster has dozens of novels to his credit, as well as …

‘The Looting Machine’ explains why Africa isn’t rising

Sunday, January 3, 2016

In one of Africa’s most celebrated surprises of 2015, Nigerian voters unseated President Goodluck Jonathan. The election of Muhammadu Buhari defied expectations of electoral fraud and violence, and his anticorruption platform sparked hopes for reform and economic growth. …

Becky hits the road in ‘Shopaholic to the Rescue’

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is back in Shopaholic to the Rescue, and she’s on a mission. The latest addition to this light-hearted series by Sophie Kinsella finds Becky, with friends and family, on a road trip from Los …

Actress Mary-Louise Parker now respected writer

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The latest round of raves for Mary-Louise Parker is not for her acting, but for her writing. Parker’s Dear Mr. You, a collection of lyrical and often emotional essays about men addressed to everyone from former (and unnamed) …

‘Bread, Wine, Chocolate’ makes environmental issues tasty

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The lands, waters and atmosphere of our planet are under tremendous stress from the appetites and endeavors of more than 7 billion people, and such issues often make for grim reading. But environmentalist Simran Sethi has an appealing …