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FILE - In this March 15, 1973, file photo President Nixon tells a White House news conference that he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify on Capitol Hill in the Watergate investigation and challenged the Senate to test him in the Supreme Court. A feisty Nixon defended his shredded legacy and Watergate-era actions in grand jury testimony that he thought would never come out. On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, it did. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

New book examines Nixon White House through Butterfield’s eyes

Sunday, November 29, 2015

For Bob Woodward, former president Richard Nixon and “the president’s men” who surrounded him are the gift that keeps on giving. His latest book is about Alexander Butterfield, the military officer who parlayed his college friendship with H.R. “Bob” Haldeman at UCLA into a job years later as Haldeman’s deputy in the inner circle of Nixon’s White House. Butterfield’s variety …

Baldacci knows how to keep the pages turning in ‘The Guilty’

Sunday, November 29, 2015

David Baldacci proves you can’t go home again in The Guilty, his latest thriller featuring professional assassin Will Robie. Robie takes a typical assignment and shoots someone using a sniper scope. Unfortunately, he not only eliminates the target, but also a young child standing behind the victim. The tragedy rips Robie apart, and …

Job requirements: Bravery with a touch of insanity

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Smokejumping is insane. There really is no other word for it. The job starts with men and women flying in a tin can of a plane over forest fires strong enough to create their own weather patterns and turbulence. Then they leap into the smoky void, often landing on rugged terrain. Once on …

Money Pizza Respect: Josh ‘The Fat Jew’ Ostrovsky pens book

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky and his upright ponytail have leaped off his racy Instagram account onto the pages of a new book, Money Pizza Respect, a memoirish collection of debauchery that came out Tuesday. While sex, drinking …

‘Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes’ restores sex, romance to single motherhood

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sex and the single mother: It’s a topical intersection too few pop culture purveyors broach with realism and nuance. Since becoming a single mom myself, I’ve been especially interested in TV series, films and books about unmarried women …

Barrymore’s not-a-memoir ‘Wildflower’ is a fun read

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Countless celebrities have penned autobiographies. Not a lot are like Drew Barrymore’s. And that’s a good thing. Wildflower bounces around chronologically and thematically and generally refuses to bend to the rules of conventional memoir writing. “If it feels …

Concord native Warren Zanes pens Tom Petty biography

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Warren Zanes can trace his connection to Tom Petty back to 1976. That connection, however faint in the beginning, has led to Zanes penning a full, complex and hearty biography of the iconic rocker, which will be released …

Tell-tale signs of fake art

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Anthony M. Amore’s savvy and informative book conveys a number of cautions about buying art that seem exceedingly self-evident. Among them: A genuine Jackson Pollock painting should cost a lot more than $60,000. It’s highly unlikely that an …

Hirschfeld knew his humor

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Hollywood director Billy Wilder once famously said, “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.” Al Hirschfeld would have put it the other way around: If you are going to poke …

Actress Charlotte Rae tells ‘The Facts of My Life’ in memoir

Sunday, November 1, 2015

In The Facts of Life, Charlotte Rae played the unflappable Mrs. Garrett, a girls’ school housemother who smoothly guided her charges through crises and comedy. Rae says she implored the TV show’s producers to let her character “lose …

‘Base Nation’ pulls no punches

Sunday, November 1, 2015

In its July 4, 1970, issue, the New Yorker printed a remarkable 26-page article by William Whitworth, one of the magazine’s great writers and editors. The article, “Some Questions About the War,” was based on a series of …

Tess Gerritsen’s ‘Playing With Fire’ is a compelling story

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Tess Gerritsen, author of the series featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and coroner Maura Isles, delivers an outstanding story that’s totally different with Playing With Fire. Violinist Julia Ansdell is visiting Rome. She stumbles into an antiques …

‘Fates and Furies’ exceeds its own ambitions

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Even from her impossibly high starting point, Lauren Groff just keeps getting better and better. Her debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton (2008); her stirring story collection, Delicate Edible Birds (2010); and my favorite book of 2012, Arcadia …