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This book cover image released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux shows "Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi," by Hayden Herrera. (AP Photo/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A masterful new biography of artist Isamu Noguchi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Isamu Noguchi was a difficult man who made art easy to look at. In his life and work, he was riddled with contradictions. Humble and egotistical. Steadfast and temperamental. Listless and energetic. A loyal friend and faithless lover. Art historian Hayden Herrera, who has written books about Noguchi’s artist friend Arshile Gorky and his romantic partner Frida Kahlo, explores his paradoxical personality in a new, meticulously researched biography, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi. Above all she focuses on the lifelong tension he felt as a result of his biracial heritage. Born in the U.S. to an Irish-American mother and Japanese …

‘Spinster’ is thought-provoking look at singlehood

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Even its opening lines are provocative: “Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice . . . Men have their own problems; this isn’t one of them.” If Kate Bolick’s debut, …

Could you unplug for a year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, Love and Miss Communication. Readers must consider one thought-provoking question: Could you remain offline for a year? Evie Rosen’s future is looking bright. She recently broke up with her celebrity boyfriend, but her professional life is …

Wes McNair wins PEN New England ward for Poetry

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At an April ceremony at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair received the 2015 PEN New England Award for Poetry. The award was given for his new collection of poetry, The Lost Child: Ozark …

Bergen shares her love life

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In her new memoir, Candice Bergen shares intimate details surrounding the loves of her life. A Fine Romance describes her marriage to an effervescent French director, depicts a deep bond with her daughter, provides an intricate look into …

‘The Poser’ is darkly funny

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The central character in Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is a young man with the ability to instantaneously and flawlessly imitate anyone. Encouraged by his mother and discovered by a hack agent, Giovanni Bernini goes from being ridiculed and, …

Gorgeous writing gives power to rushed novel

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ann Packer’s new novel tells the story of a family set against the stunning landscape of pre-Silicon Valley Northern California. Pediatrician Bill falls in love first with a plot of land and second with artist Penny and together …

A ghastly carnival

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a torture chamber in the Middle East, the man asking the questions waxes poetic. “Imagine,” he dreams, a “fully expressive body, not this burnt and ruined thing.” The yearning seems a hideous irony – a torturer’s job, …

A search for true love across generations

Saturday, April 25, 2015

International best-selling author Santa Montefiore writes an epic romance that spans two generations in her new novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Readers are transported back and forth between Massachusetts and England unraveling a timeline that stretches over four decades. …

Hannah says novel ‘The Nightingale’ is her favorite

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kristin Hannah says her new novel, The Nightingale, is her favorite book she’s written. That’s a bold statement since she’s had a number of best-sellers, including Firefly Lane, Home Front and True Colors. “That always gets me in …

Writer in pursuit of civil rights

Saturday, April 18, 2015

“If not for the triumph of the civil rights movement, I don’t know where I would be, but there is no way on God’s Earth I would be writing a column for the Washington Post,” Eugene Robinson wrote …

’American Warlord’ follows Chucky Taylor from US to Liberia

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chucky Taylor’s 2008 trial in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others bored with the suburbs and longing for absent fathers. The surreal …

Coal and its future are fueling conflicts around the globe

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution is inevitable and cannot be reversed. What he cannot predict, …