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Sunday 05/01/2016
New book gives star treatment to burger's beloved wing-man

Fries move from the side to center stage in this new book by Blake Lingle.

Through five informative and entertaining chapters, “Fries! An Illustrated Guide To the World’s Favorite Food” (Princeton Architectural Press, $17, 143 pages) explains the origin of fries (possibly ancient Egypt or Rome), where fries “grow” (mostly in factories), types of fries (including the tornado and the puff) and their condiment partners (mayo is big in Holland).

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You can go home again

RUST BELT BOY:

Stories of an American Childhood

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Sunday 04/24/2016
'Gathering the Soft' just one of the offerings of National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. If poetry in its essence creates connections far and wide with readers, it has strong roots here in the Monadnock Region.

As a whole, New Hampshire is noted for its long history and affinity for poets and their works, including current publishers Sid Hall Jr. and Kristy Walker of Hobblebush Books in Brookline, Sarah Bauhan and Jane Eklund of Bauhan Publishing in Peterborough; and Cicely Buckley of Oyster River Press in Durham.

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Jane Austen meets ‘The Bachelor’ in Curtis Sittenfeld’s ‘Eligible’

Scrutinizing eligible men for fun and profit — and our entertainment — did not begin with “The Bachelor.” Jane Austen’s novels dramatized this pastime so artfully and with such wit that nearly every succeeding romantic comedy points somehow in her direction.

Austen’s fiction has inspired countless homages, pastiches and remakes of varying degrees of fundamentalism. Now Curtis Sittenfeld, in her new novel “Eligible,” transports the Bennet family of “Pride and Prejudice,” including the five unmarried sisters, to the suburbs of contemporary Cincinnati, Sittenfeld’s hometown, and to the reality TV era.

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Sunday 04/10/2016
Westmoreland resident retraces naturalists' footsteps

“Returning North with the Spring”

By John R. Harris;

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