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Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Hampshire author J.P. Francis revisits a little-known part of our state’s history in a debut novel, The Major’s Daughter. Collie Brennan has left Smith College to assist her father, who is commanding officer of the WWII POW internment center, Camp Stark, near Berlin. In addition to helping in the office, she acts as a translator. Collie falls for August, an Austrian prisoner who exchanges poems with her and plays Bach on the camp piano. She tries to fight her feelings, and confesses as much to her college friend Estelle, who is struggling with her own forbidden relationship – she has fallen for a Sikh …

The Mindful Reader: ‘Claremont Boy’ tells his tale with wry sense of humor

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Joseph Steinfield wrote a column for the Monadnack Ledger-Transcript called “Looking Back,” where the short personal essays in his memoir Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory first appeared. Whether he’s writing about his childhood in Claremont, his career as a lawyer, his immigrant family or his interesting friends …

The Mindful Reader: ‘Bittersweet Manor’ a family saga with no easy solution

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Part-time New Hampshire resident Tory McCagg’s debut novel Bittersweet Manor tells the stories of three generations through a conversation between two women. Matriarch Gussie Michaels has removed her “beeper bracelet” and left assisted living on a chilly April day. Her granddaughter, Emma, has come to tell her she will sell the family home …

The Mindful Reader: ‘Back of the House’ delves into psyches of the kitchen

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas’s website is called “Shrink In the Kitchen” which aptly describes Back of the House: the Secret Life of a Kitchen. Haas spent about 18 months visiting Craigie On Main in Cambridge, …

The Mindful Reader: Another existential journey close to home

Sunday, January 13, 2013

In Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment, New Hampshire author Katrina Kenison seeks the same answers for her generation that Daniel Klein did for his in Travels With Epicurus, which I reviewed last month. Klein examined living a …

The Mindful Reader: Daniel Klein takes on a philosophical journey in ‘Travels with Epicurus’

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Most people associate existential angst with young adulthood, but Daniel Klein, author of Travels With Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life, faced his when, at age 73, his dentist told him …

The Mindful Reader: ‘The Art Forger’ keeps the mystery going

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Boston novelist B.A. Shapiro’s The Art Forger kept me up late wondering what would happen to Claire Roth, the deliciously complicated character at the center of this “literary thriller.” Last summer I read Ulrich Boser’s The Gardner Heist, …