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This photo provided by courtesy of Simon & Schuster shows the cover of the book, "A Fine Romance," by Candice Bergen. (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster)

Bergen shares her love life

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In her new memoir, Candice Bergen shares intimate details surrounding the loves of her life. A Fine Romance describes her marriage to an effervescent French director, depicts a deep bond with her daughter, provides an intricate look into the talented cast of her TV show, Murphy Brown, and concludes by celebrating a new chapter with a new man in New York. Hailing from Hollywood, Bergen is well-equipped to maneuver the sometimes treacherous waters of celebrity life. Her fortunate upbringing enables Bergen to easily adapt to the jet-setting ways of renowned director Louis Malle. While he is immersed with all aspects of the film world, Bergen …

‘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, often, feared by his small-town peers to garnering widespread acclaim as The World’s Greatest Impressionist. …

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 they raise four children. The Children’s Crusade, which seamlessly navigates between present and past as …

Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chrissie Hynde will tell the story of her life, with all its ups and downs. Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the Pretenders singer was working on “an incredibly frank” memoir that will come out Sept. 8. The …

American Life in Poetry: Discovering magic in harmonica’s music

Sunday, March 15, 2015

You’ve heard of magic wands and potions. But a magic harmonica? In Pam Munoz Ryan’s new novel, Echo, this small musical instrument has a lot of power. The book opens with a fairy tale and a witch’s spell. …

Review: Dave Barry’s new book filled with humor, insight

Sunday, March 15, 2015

L ive Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster), Dave Barry’s latest book of essays, might be thin on page count, but it’s worth every penny when it comes to humor and insight. Barry’s weekly essays …

Beneath the face of beauty

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The premise of Amanda Filipacchi’s appealingly odd fourth novel is unveiled a few pages in, when an overweight, unattractive woman sits down in a therapist’s office. After some prodding that’s aimed at uncovering emotional pain (low self-esteem, difficult …

Filling in the Doctor Dread reggae story

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It might be said that Doctor Dread drank the Kool-Aid – except that the Washington, D.C. native’s transformation into an honorary Jamaican had nothing to do with a beverage. As Dread writes in this memoir, his conversion involved …

Examining the beastly nature of people

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mark Kurlansky’s newest book, City Beasts, is a work of fiction. If you don’t realize this at first, you’ll be forgiven. While the title rings with whimsy, his prose – detailed but not improbably over-the-top – lifts the …

A perpetual prince

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Had Prince Charles’ household ignored Catherine Mayer’s biography, the headlines generated by the book’s serialization – thanks to its suggestions that the prince intends to be an “activist” king and that even the queen worries about how he …

New but timeworn faces

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kevin Gillooly, the 14-year-old narrator of Christopher Scotton’s debut novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, falls into the timeworn tradition of orphans, latchkey kids and boy adventurers who by circumstance or necessity are left to their own …

‘Dead Wake’ author, historian will present book at Concord High

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Historian Erik Larson will discuss his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, at Concord High School on Friday at 7 p.m. Dead Wake is the story of the British oceanliner the Lusitania, which was …

Sex, drugs and mystification

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stevie Nicks wrote the only No. 1 Billboard hit Fleetwood Mac ever had (“Dreams”), but Zoe Howe’s fawning new biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams and Rumours, offers ample evidence that talent and stage charisma aren’t the only reasons …