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** FILE * Theodore Roosevelt, is shown speaking when he stumped the country for William McKinley during the Presidential Campaign of 1900. Roosevelt was McKinley's running mate on the Republican ticket. Speaking loudly and carrying on like. It's a rare part of the 2008 presidential campaign rhetoric that crosses party lines. Democrats and Republicans alike are frequently invoking the words of the nation's 26th president and renowned political maverick. (AP Photo)

A look at Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the primary process

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president, over the strenuous efforts of party regulars to derail him, he ought to send a note of thanks to Geoffrey Cowan. Almost 50 years ago, Cowan led a campaign among the Democrats to strengthen the system of primary elections and reduce the power of party bosses. The campaign succeeded, giving the …

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In his posthumously published When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely little time left. What follows is a poignant account of his life, his quest to …

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Charlie Goldwyn’s life plan has gone awry. He didn’t plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn’t plan on his wife dying. He didn’t plan on relying on his twin sister to help him parent his eccentric 5-year-old son, Caleb, who has only imaginary friends and an obsession with female accessories. …

Wilson thrives with ‘Bassoon King’

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dwight Schrute, when last we left him, was regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. in Scranton, Pa. But that exalted title doesn’t begin to pin him down. He was also a corporate suck-up, a Battlestar Galactica fanatic, …

Entertaining and occasionally educational

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christopher Buckley claims that he stopped writing political satire because “American politics have reached the point of being self-satirized.” It’s true that the author of Thank You for Smoking and The White House Mess has turned to another …

Speak the same language about eating right

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I never seem to say the right thing to my kids. I remember feeling that way about my mother and promised myself I wouldn’t be “that mom.” But here I am, uttering words in front of my children’s friends that result in a stare, pleading me to stop …

New photo book takes a journey across New Hampshire

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Visit – and draw – 234 cities and towns. In just two years. That was the mission Sue Anne Bottomley of New London gave herself after returning to her native New Hampshire. This year, she published the finished …

Keith Hernandez’s memoir scheduled for 2017

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Keith Hernandez, the outspoken broadcaster, Seinfeld favorite and former All-Star first baseman is working on a “no-holds-barred” memoir. Little, Brown and Company told the Associated Press that I Am Keith Hernandez is scheduled for 2017. Hernandez, 62, is …

Bartok biography a dry trove of facts

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In 1920, shortly after the end of World War I and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the borders of the Kingdom of Hungary were radically redrawn. As a consequence of the Treaty of Trianon, Hungary lost a …

‘Ashley Bell’ is one of Dean Koontz’s best

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dean Koontz outdoes himself with his latest journey, which solidifies his reputation as one of the best storytellers in the book business. Koontz’s stories get labeled as horror, but the lyrical writing and compelling characters in Ashley Bell …

On the importance of refrigeration

Sunday, December 13, 2015

What is humanity’s greatest invention? Fire? Language? The internet? Nope. It’s the refrigerator, at least according to Tom Jackson. In his entertaining new book, Chilled, Jackson walks us through the creation of cold – or, at least, man-made …

The history of funny

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In 1962, after eating Thanksgiving dinner together, Richard Nixon and Jack Paar lit cigars. Paar put on the stereo a new record co-written by George Foster and one of his former writers, Earle Doud. A satire of the …

The politics behind history

Sunday, December 13, 2015

On Sept. 26, 1978, a man was found dead in a midtown New York City hotel, having drowned himself in the bathtub. He was facing criminal prosecution for crimes committed just the week before. This particular thief, however, …