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The former editor of Yankee Magazine, Jud Hale, has reissued his memoir "The Education of a Yankee" and is looking ahead to his next stage in life after retiring from the position six months ago.

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac says, shows that you can’t shoehorn Yankee traits into a one-size-fits-all label. “I’ve been trying …

Andrew Gross delivers with ‘One Mile Under’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Detective Ty Hauck returns from a hiatus to tackle a personal case in Andrew Gross’ latest mystery, One Mile Under. Dani Whalen knows the Roaring Fork River like the back of her hand, and she enjoys taking tourists on whitewater rafting excursions on the more exciting sections. One morning, her group comes across …

Narrative of ‘Adult Onset’ feels intensely personal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, Adult Onset, tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon. A famous author of YA novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is …

‘The Book of Aron’ tells of a complex heroism in a Warsaw ghetto orphanage

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In the summer of 1942, German soldiers expelled almost 200 starving children from an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto and packed them into rail cars bound for Treblinka. As with so many entries in the encyclopedia of Nazi …

‘Young Eliot’ humanizes a controversial character

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Even now, if you were to ask readers to name the 20th century’s greatest poem, at least among those written in English, the answer would almost certainly be T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). “April is the cruellest …

A trio of unsympathetic characters

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kicking off a story with an unsympathetic character is tough; kicking off a story with three unsympathetic characters requires almost mythic power to succeed. Perhaps that’s what Sara Gruen was thinking when she devised a trio of spoiled …

David Baldacci’s latest thriller is engaging

Sunday, May 3, 2015

David Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page. Amos Decker, a stellar athlete who made it to the NFL, experienced a helmet-to-helmet collision on his first play that changed his life …

Documentary filmmakers’ memoir gives backstage peek at stars

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It sounds so easy in the age of YouTube and Meerkat. Just put a camera in front of a couple of people and cue them to talk. Bang! You’ve got a documentary. Yeah, right. Making a documentary is …

Books can enrich a life lived

Sunday, May 3, 2015

We all create our own stories, and books can expand and enrich them. That’s the message of David Whitehouse’s second novel, Mobile Library, a sometimes touching, sometimes heavy-handed tale about a group of misfits who become a kind …

A Hemingway makes sense of her family’s troubles

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Born into one of America’s best-known families, Mariel Hemingway grew up with the advantages of sharing the name of her grandfather Ernest Hemingway and the burden of growing up in a family at least as dysfunctional as it …

Laconia: New Hampshire novel becomes Kindle ebook

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Cheerleader, a novel by Laconia native Ruth MacDougall, was recently published in ebook form for Kindle. Published in 1973, this coming-of-age story set in 1950s New Hampshire. It tells the story of 15-year-old Henrietta Snow and her friends as they grow up during the “Fabulous Fifties,” in …

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 …