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Mindful Reader
Deb Baker, columnist

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 (including Julia and Paul Childs) and New … 0

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 … 0

The Mindful Reader: Debunking ‘kids today’ theories

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn uses some of his previous theories on the problem with rewards, homework and competition to debunk the prevailing view that “kids today” are overindulged, overprotected narcissists, and that their helicopter parents made them that way. Given his earlier research, he wondered what evidence supported … 0

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 … 0

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 … 0

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, … 0