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In this recent photo composite image from NASA made over a span of several months and from different angles, the earth can be seen from space, 1007.  Using a collection of satellited-based observations, scientists stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless mosaic of every square mile of the planet.  (AP Photo/NASA)

‘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 and lizards as well, climbs the building and purifies the surrounding air. At Stockholm’s central railway station, 250,000 commuters a day lend their body heat to a 13-story office building nearby. Most are probably unaware that they are part of green architecture rigged up by Swedish engineers: The rail station’s ventilation system grabs the travelers’ natural heat, using it to warm water in underground tanks that is … 1

Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis release memoirs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. Forgetting to Be Afraid chronicles Davis’s hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a … 0

17th-century Amsterdam reimagined

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jessie Burton’s accomplished first novel, The Miniaturist, is many things – a deftly plotted mystery, a feminist coming-of-age drama and a probing investigation of marriage. Burton evokes the sights, sounds and smells of 17th-century Amsterdam as she brings to life a cast of sensitively rendered characters, each longing to be free. As the … 0

‘Sixteen Handmade Doors’ the story of a house, and more

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It’s a two-bedroom cedar-shingle on the Kennebec River in Maine, a woodsy getaway built by a painstaking do-it-yourselfer in the 1950s. But to the house’s current owner, Petroski, a professor of engineering and history at Duke University, it’s … 0

‘I Am Having So Much Fun Here’ a book for everyone

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Courtney Maum’s first novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, is a publicist’s dream. Its snappy title promises ironic humor, and it leaves one wondering if the “I” will end up with the “you.” The … 0

Book series continues ‘Frozen’ adventures

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of Frozen fame will continue, at least on paper. Random House Children’s Books announced recently that they will launch a new series next year tied to the blockbuster Disney movie. The first two books, Anna & Elsa #1: All Hail the … 0

‘The Confessions of Frances Godwin’ a story of maturity, by maturity

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The worldwide success of the Harry Potter series has led to a great emphasis on young adult crossover novels in contemporary publishing. For years, teen wizards, warriors, werewolves and vampires have dominated publicity and sales in what seems … 0

Despite fumblings, ‘Green Girl’ strives toward optimism

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Long before Lena Dunham and her Girls, writers have wrestled with youth’s peculiar blend of narcissism and self-hatred: the sense that success is just around the corner and that one’s best days are long gone. Early in Hamlet, … 0

‘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