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In this June 30, 2011 file photo, editor in chief Axel Alonzo poses at Marvel Comics in New York. Marvel Comics and DC Comics are leading a push for diversity in their industry’s mainstream characters. The new black Captain America comic book debuted in November. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment, Judith Stephens)

Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream comic book superheroes – America’s modern mythology …

‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shakespeare mentions high heels in Hamlet, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is a luxurious, fun and sexy look at the history of high heels, and it manages to be eye candy and thought-provoking, too. It’s on …

The Mindful Reader: A sensible approach to mental strength

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My son saw my review copy of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin and said it’s all over social media, even though it’s not officially out until Jan. 1. Which is fitting, because the book grew out of a blog post that went viral. By the time she was …

Calling all N.H. children: Time to vote for your favorite picture book

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The elections aren’t over yet. Now it’s time for New Hampshire’s youngest residents to weigh in – on their favorite picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from across the state have narrowed the choices for the 2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award to 10 titles. The award aims …

Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read …

Tomie dePaola visits Gibson’s Bookstore for discussion, book signing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Listeners young and old filled chairs, sat on the floor and peered around bookshelves at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord yesterday morning to hear from local author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. “I love my home, I work at home. …

‘Beautiful You’ feels phoned-in

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk is something of a devilish demigod in gross-out social satire. Over the years, his signature attention to minutiae and his generous hand with carnal humor in books such as Fight Club and Choke have broadened his …

Review: Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When the final novel in the Frank Bascombe trilogy was published in 2007, its author made it plain that a fourth book about the introspective sportswriter-turned-real estate broker wasn’t even a remote possibility. But now, seven years later …

Healing words in ‘Small Victories’

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fans of author Anne Lamott know reading her work is like finding a favorite sweater from the depths of the closet on the first crisp fall day: warm, comforting, familiar and easy. Her new book, Small Victories: Spotting …

Bob Hope’s lasting legacy of more than laughs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Hope …

Hockney biographer publishes second, final volume

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More than halfway through the second volume of his vivid, intimate biography of British artist David Hockney, Christopher Simon Sykes describes the moment in the 1980s when Hockney discovers the creative possibilities of the photocopy machine. A natural …

George W. Bush launches book about his father

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Former president George W. Bush formally launched his personal biography of his father at a joint appearance with George H.W. Bush on Tuesday at the father’s Texas A&M university presidential library. 41: A Portrait of My Father offers a glimpse of the 90-year-old Bush’s life through the eyes …

Stephen King’s newest book is released

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stephen King’s latest novel is out. Revival was released Tuesday. His six-city book tour was to kick off in New York City, then go to Washington, D.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; and Austin, Texas, before wrapping up …