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This book cover image released by Minotaur shows "City of Ghosts," by Kelli Stanley. (AP Photo/Minotaur)

Miranda Corbie confronts her own ‘City of Ghosts’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A love of San Francisco – its flaws, strengths and eccentricities – permeates Kelli Stanley’s intriguing novels about private detective Miranda Corbie. Stanley’s novels capture San Francisco – and the United States – in the years just before World War II. War has been on Miranda’s mind since she was a nurse in the Spanish Civil War. In City of Ghosts, set during 1940, Miranda cautiously watches what’s happening in London, especially when it appears that her long-lost mother may be living in England. The private detective has little hope that she could bring her mother back to the United States until James MacLeod, an … 0

‘Politics is a Joke!’ highlights importance of late-night TV for candidates

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In September 2008, as the economy was imploding, John McCain suspended his campaign for the presidency and canceled a guest spot on David Letterman’s late-night TV show. “I’m more than a little disappointed by this behavior,” fumed the comedian, who liked to warn politicians – only half-jokingly – that “the road to the … 1

On My Nightstand: ‘Pliney Fiske’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pliney Fiske, a young Concord man, stayed home to care for his ailing father, the local druggist. But now that the Civil War is over, those returning soldiers resent his nonparticipation and nickname him “Mama Fiske,” insinuating he is a mama’s boy. He serves his country instead by verifying that men applying for … 1

‘Blue Mind’ a study of emotional, psychological, physical connections

Sunday, August 17, 2014

As I look up from the pages of this book, there’s nothing between me and the horizon but water. The only sounds are the hypnotic hiss of stones as they are dragged back by waves and the occasional … 0

American Life in Poetry: Go back to the ’70s in ‘Man on the Run’

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Playing on the title of the 1973 Wings album Band on the Run, the title of Tom Doyle’s biography implies that this portrait of Paul McCartney in the 1970s is of a man fleeing his fame. But the … 0

The Mindful Reader:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Hampshire author J.P. Francis revisits a little-known part of our state’s history in a debut novel, The Major’s Daughter. Collie Brennan has left Smith College to assist her father, who is commanding officer of the WWII POW … 0

Gilmanton portrait: New book explores rich history of ‘Peyton Place’ inspiration

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gilmanton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,777 at the 2010 census. The town includes the villages of Gilmanton Corner and Gilmanton Ironworks. That’s the Wiki version. Jessica Lander’s version of … 1

‘The Property’ graphically illustrates war’s devastating effects

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In her superb graphic novel The Property, Israeli author Rutu Modan writes of war’s devastating effects from the long view of multiple generations, even drawing upon the experiences of her ancestors in Poland. So it was especially gratifying … 0

‘What We See When We Read’ a small, shallow pond of a book, but ‘Cover’ is worth a look

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Let me get the brickbat out of the way. What We See When We Read is a small, shallow pond of a book in which author Peter Mendelsund exhaustively swims around without ever going very deep. The premise … 0

‘The Invisible Bridge’ goes far beyond political history

Sunday, August 10, 2014

You can learn a lot by reading newspapers, especially if you have helped write them. Frederick Lewis Allen was a journalist of the 1920s who became a book author by taking what he and other journalists had written … 0

‘Red or Dead’ a postmodern epic and ultimate sports novel

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sports novels generally rank low on the literature scoreboard – unless you regard Moby-Dick as a harpooning competition. But Robert Coover, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace have shown that it is possible to write ultraliterary, even experimental … 0

‘Price of Inheritance’ has plenty to savor

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Karin Tanabe’s heroine, young Carolyn Everett, wasn’t born grasping a Tiffany rattle, but she grew up in the guesthouse on the grounds of one of the toniest estates in Newport, R.I. After graduating from Princeton, she continues her … 0

‘The Bees’ a parable about consequences of hive mentality

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bees – which is to say, the fear of them – dominated many summers of my childhood. Especially when walking (inevitably barefoot) through a particular Eastern Shore clover patch, I could focus on little else than trying to … 0