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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 Poser’ is darkly funny

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The central character in Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is a young man with the ability to instantaneously and flawlessly imitate anyone. Encouraged by his mother and discovered by a hack agent, Giovanni Bernini goes from being ridiculed and, …

Gorgeous writing gives power to rushed novel

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ann Packer’s new novel tells the story of a family set against the stunning landscape of pre-Silicon Valley Northern California. Pediatrician Bill falls in love first with a plot of land and second with artist Penny and together …

A ghastly carnival

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In a torture chamber in the Middle East, the man asking the questions waxes poetic. “Imagine,” he dreams, a “fully expressive body, not this burnt and ruined thing.” The yearning seems a hideous irony – a torturer’s job, …

A search for true love across generations

Saturday, April 25, 2015

International best-selling author Santa Montefiore writes an epic romance that spans two generations in her new novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter. Readers are transported back and forth between Massachusetts and England unraveling a timeline that stretches over four decades. …

Hannah says novel ‘The Nightingale’ is her favorite

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kristin Hannah says her new novel, The Nightingale, is her favorite book she’s written. That’s a bold statement since she’s had a number of best-sellers, including Firefly Lane, Home Front and True Colors. “That always gets me in …

Writer in pursuit of civil rights

Saturday, April 18, 2015

“If not for the triumph of the civil rights movement, I don’t know where I would be, but there is no way on God’s Earth I would be writing a column for the Washington Post,” Eugene Robinson wrote …

’American Warlord’ follows Chucky Taylor from US to Liberia

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chucky Taylor’s 2008 trial in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others bored with the suburbs and longing for absent fathers. The surreal …

Coal and its future are fueling conflicts around the globe

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution is inevitable and cannot be reversed. What he cannot predict, …

Rowling’s graduation speech gains little as illustrated

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered the Harvard graduation speech, which quickly became the most-viewed commencement address on the university’s Web site. On Tuesday, just as strains of Pomp and Circumstance begin to swell once more, Rowling’s speech is …

Ghosts from the past

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Many years ago, my cousin and his wife rented a house outside Philadelphia that they swore was haunted. Footsteps echoed in an empty bedroom, a cold spot could be detected at the top of the stairs and cosmetics …