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This book cover image released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux shows "Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi," by Hayden Herrera. (AP Photo/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A masterful new biography of artist Isamu Noguchi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Isamu Noguchi was a difficult man who made art easy to look at. In his life and work, he was riddled with contradictions. Humble and egotistical. Steadfast and temperamental. Listless and energetic. A loyal friend and faithless lover. Art historian Hayden Herrera, who has written books about Noguchi’s artist friend Arshile Gorky and his romantic partner Frida Kahlo, explores his paradoxical personality in a new, meticulously researched biography, Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi. Above all she focuses on the lifelong tension he felt as a result of his biracial heritage. Born in the U.S. to an Irish-American mother and Japanese …

‘Spinster’ is thought-provoking look at singlehood

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Even its opening lines are provocative: “Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she does or doesn’t practice . . . Men have their own problems; this isn’t one of them.” If Kate Bolick’s debut, …

Could you unplug for a year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Corporate lawyer Elyssa Friedland writes an honest love story with a bizarre twist in her debut novel, Love and Miss Communication. Readers must consider one thought-provoking question: Could you remain offline for a year? Evie Rosen’s future is looking bright. She recently broke up with her celebrity boyfriend, but her professional life is …

Mesmerizing and masterful murders

Saturday, April 4, 2015

David Morrell’s Inspector of the Dead, a sequel to Murder as a Fine Art, tells the riveting story of a man determined to exact revenge for injustices done to him and his family. The people he intends to …

Lehane writes gripping finale to crime trilogy

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dennis Lehane’s thrilling trilogy about organized crime in the early 20th century is more than a look at gangsters and their ways. Without glorifying the illegal, Lehane’s World Gone By examines how crime works on one’s soul and …

We all die someday

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tom Perls, an amiable, boyish-looking professor at Boston University, has earned a respectable place in the hierarchy of academic medicine. But measured by media attention, Perls is a contender for the top echelons. He’s given hundreds of interviews …

A lifetime of love letters

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Unlike most contemporary couples, whose sweet nothings vanish into the electronic ether almost as soon as they’re exchanged, famed British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, put pen to paper. A lot. To each other, …

Hijacked evolution: Humans are changing faster than ever, and doing it to themselves

Saturday, April 4, 2015

After my public lectures on evolution, someone in the audience invariably asks this question: “Are we still evolving?” People want to know if humans are getting taller, smarter, better looking or more athletic. My answer is truthful but …

Searching for ‘The Last Unicorn’ in the wildness of Laos

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spoiler alert: There are no unicorns in Laos. But don’t blame nature writer William deBuys for trying to find one. The premise of The Last Unicorn is simple: DeBuys tagged along with biologist William Robichaud for a trek …

‘Game of Thrones’ actor narrates ‘The Art of War’

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is now available with the perfect narrator – the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from Game of Thrones. Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller of downloadable audiobooks, recently released a new version of the Chinese military strategist’s advice …

Author, illustrator Tomie dePaola to celebrate career

Friday, April 3, 2015

BC-NH--Tomie dePaola,108 Author, illustrator Tomie dePaola to celebrate career Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Tomie dePaola, the author and illustrator of “Strega Nona” and many other books for children, is celebrating 50 years of publishing at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. DePaola …

N.H. poet laureate to hold event

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Alice B. Fogel’s poems seem to say: You thought you saw it, but look again. You thought you found it, but dig deeper. You think you felt it, but there is an interval between the wound and the …

Dramatic events unfold in TC Boyle’s new novel

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

T.C. Boyle’s new book is about serious subjects: a tourist from a cruise liner killing a robber at a port of call, a mentally ill young man running around with an assault rifle in the coastal forests of …