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Writer embraces plus-size superhero Faith – and her passionate fan base

Monday, October 12, 2015

This is Jody Houser’s fourth New York Comic Con, but it has produced plenty of personal firsts. Houser is the writer on Valiant Entertainment’s new Faith miniseries that debuts in January, and in that role, in recent days, she has found herself in a new swirl of appearing on multiple panels and speaking at the Con as a creator who now has a working title. She also has inherited the …

Reality is just an illusion

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Humanity’s greatest conflicts emerge from two parties looking at the same thing and each insisting, with the utmost confidence, that only he or she sees it correctly. More fundamentally, each party insists that there is a correct way to see it – that the issue is a matter of fact, not opinion. Gay …

A witty comedy of manners

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader with a passion for the Regency novels of Jane Austen must be in want of similar fare. To all the film adaptations and books by Georgette Heyer (Austen’s most stylish 20th-century cohort), Patrice Kindl adds a witty young-adult comedy of manners with A School …

Hummingbird rehabber saves numerous birds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You don’t have to be a bird person in general or a hummingbird person specifically to read Fastest Things on Wings. You don’t need to know anything about birds at all. The very gifted bird whisperer Terry Masear …

An early attempt to bring the West to Japan

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As most of us can attest, being a teenager is hard enough. Now imagine being a Japanese teenager in America – in the 1870s. If your imagination needs a little help, look no further than Janice P. Nimura’s …

‘Circling the Sun’ doesn’t offer a truer sense of Markham

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As a young person, I searched for books about Africa. Black African writers were in short supply back then, but Rudyard Kip­ling, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad were readily available. They delivered a world of danger, …

‘Safari’ memoir from founder of Abercrombie & Kent

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing “the most beauteous and magnificent beast” he’d ever seen, he vows, …

UNH professor Charles Simic wins Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize for poetry

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poet and University of New Hampshire professor Charles Simic was recently selected as the sixth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Simic, 77, is a writer who has published many books of poetry and …

A delicious book on the changes of food

Saturday, August 22, 2015

What’s cooking? This was not a terribly difficult question for our grandparents or great-grandparents to answer. Yet somewhere along the way in the great prosperity that came over most of North America in the post-World War II era, …

New book urges parents to let kids fail

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off. In The Gift of Failure, author Jessica Lahey pushes back against helicopter parenting, which she acknowledges having fallen victim to when …

Felicia Day embraces her geek stardom status in ‘Weird’

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Felicia Day fills her memoir with stories of her wacky childhood and a handful of bizarre circumstances that led her down the path to becoming an online media mogul. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) chronicles her …

Al Roker’s ‘The Storm of the Century’ dives into 1900 storm

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Al Roker’s new book, The Storm of the Century, reads like a blockbuster movie script, but the Today show weatherman said the drama, heartache and strife of the Great Hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas, is all …

Son recounts his father’s struggle in new Holocaust memoir

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Holocaust memoirs published in the decades following the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews serve as gripping and historically necessary evidence to unimaginable personal suffering. However, few such memoirs are at once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature. But a …