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 It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl can’t be together because their love is forbidden by a government that has betrothed them to other people and will banish them if they so much as kiss. What’s a couple of cra

Concord native writes dystopian novel

Friday, February 27, 2015

It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl can’t be together because their love is forbidden by a government that has betrothed them to other people and will banish them if they so much as kiss. What’s a couple of crazy kids gotta do to find love in the not-too-distant dystopian future? Well, that’s just what New Hampshire native and new author Meredith Tate is exploring in her debut novel Missing Pieces, published by Omnific Publishing. The story follows Trace Bailey and Piren Allston’s journey from childhood friends to secret sweethearts despite the fact that if their …

New book tells story of Revolutionary War hero John Stark

Thursday, February 26, 2015

His words grace New Hampshire’s license plates – “Live Free or Die” – yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark, despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution’s most significant battles. Two brothers hope to enlighten readers …

Review: ‘Lost & Found’ is a poignant debut

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brooke Davis’s debut novel, Lost & Found, begins with 7-year-old Millie Bird, who has recently lost her father, being abandoned by her grieving mother in a department store. Millie befriends Karl the Touch Typist, a widower on the lam from his nursing home, and Agatha Pantha, an 82-year-old widow who hasn’t spoken to …

This case of amnesia might be worth forgetting

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Halfway through Peter Carey’s new novel, Amnesia, I began to worry I was suffering from it. Who wrote this tedious mess? Where was that two-time Booker winner who gave us such spectacular novels as Oscar and Lucinda and …

‘Honeydew’ a sweet treat for Pearlman fans

Sunday, January 25, 2015

If you have never read Edith Pearlman, you’re in for a lovely surprise, and if you have, you’re in for another treat. Honeydew, her first story collection since Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award …

Review: Sports guy Greenberg hits home run with latest novel

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mike Greenberg knows sports. And talking about them. One-half of the long-running and ever-popular Mike & Mike national sports radio show, Greenberg (alongside co-host and former NFL player Mike Golic) spends the morning drive-time period touching on all …

Looking for a new winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When you’re stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to get started on. …

Sport’s connective power at heart of novel

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Given how central sports has become, culturally and economically, to Western society, I’m surprised that more science-fiction and fantasy writers don’t examine the games we play. When they do, we get the enormous pleasure of Quidditch in the …

An unusual new take on a classic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

History repeats itself. There’s nothing new under the sun. Some things never change. None of that sounds like a promising premise for a groundbreaking book, but those ideas are essential to Andrew Levy’s Huck Finn’s America, an unusual …

‘Unquiet Dead’ an outstanding debut by Khan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

War atrocities reverberate for generations, affecting those who fought on the battlefield and the civilian victims who were collateral damage. Ausma Zehanat Khan’s gripping first novel tackles questions of identity, culture, revenge and war horrors in a strong …

Patton Oswalt has a thing for the movies

Sunday, January 18, 2015

‘I started comedy when the boom was ending, in ’88; I started writing books when print began to die,” says actor, comedian and author Patton Oswalt. “I’m drawn to dying realms, man.” Oswalt is sitting in a Mid-City …

The influence of cotton on history

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Global history is very much the fashion in leading university history departments today. Some of them seek to replace courses in Western civilization with classes in global history – but usually such courses have to be team-taught by …

Self-help guru Tony Robbins wants to make you rich

Sunday, January 18, 2015

As one of the world’s most celebrated life coaches, Tony Robbins is best known for helping millions of people improve the quality of their lives in many personal and meaningful ways from losing weight and improving their relationships …