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Considering Monica Wood’s heartfelt memoir

It's April, 1963, in Mexico, Maine — a town on the Androscoggin River in the Western part of the state.
Another Maine, another time
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 2012
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Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game

This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012
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They call me Oil Can

Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, a Mississippi native who lives in East Providence with his wife and two children, is one of the most complex, controversial players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.
Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge
By EXCERPTED FROM THE BOOK BY DENNIS "OIL CAN" BOYD AND MIKE SHALIN  |  May 25, 2012
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Welcome to Suck City

Plenty of books are turned into movies, but Scituate-born PEN-award winning poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn has had the slightly less usual experience.
Boston author Nick Flynn talks about the new movie based on his memoir — and how his Dad felt about being played by Robert De Niro
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012
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Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.

Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
Swans song
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2012


Movies: We Bought A Zoo

Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)

Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 23, 2011
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Photos: Images from Live . . . Suburbia

The Live . . . Suburbia art show at Orchard Skate Shop's Extension Gallery opens December 10, 2011.
Images from Live…Suburbia! by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 02, 2011
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Review: My Week with Marilyn

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) didn't distinguish the résumés of either Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier. It did mark a highpoint in the life of 23-year-old Colin Clark.
Kiss-and-tell-memoir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2011
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Masters of reality

The literature on Black Sabbath — already extensive — will continue to grow, as we try, try, try again to wrap our poor noggins around the irreducibly cosmic fact of this band.
It's a Sabbath-palooza in print and on film
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 11, 2011
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Review: Toast

Toast is a refreshing take on the sub-genre of the food-centric comedy.
Culinary dreams among the canned goods of the 60s
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 14, 2011


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Review: Higher Ground

True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011
PODCAST: Rob Sheffield on heroes and Hoodsie cups [MP3]

PODCAST: Rob Sheffield on heroes and Hoodsie cups [MP3]


August means two things:  it's ice cream weather, and Morrissey's just said something stupid.Okay, the latter isn't really dependent on the time of year, but...
By Katie Lannan  |  August 29, 2011
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Dave Mustaine's righteous path

Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
Tragic hero
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 26, 2011
Smell season to taste

An aspiring chef searches for her lost sense of smell

Six years ago, while jogging in Brookline, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum was struck by an oncoming Ford. The impact broke her pelvis and shattered her skull. But worst of all, it mangled her olfactory nerves, destroying Birnbaum's sense of smell and her a
Scentless Apprentice
By BY EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011
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Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
Planting Seeds
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011


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Review: Winter In Wartime

Evoking a similar scene in John Boorman's wonderful World War II memoir, Hope and Glory , a stricken British bomber crashes just outside a small Dutch town.
Coming-of-age thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2011
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Back to the land

There is an idyllic pull to the homesteading lifestyle, especially when such a back-to-the-land experiment is undertaken on the coast of Maine, where rocky shores abut dense woods and merely breathing the air imparts rural spirit and pluck.
Digging up cathartic childhood memories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2011
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Reaching a new frontier

Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011
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The house that House of Sand and Fog built

Andre Dubus III collected me at the Newburyport train station last month when the snow piles were already high. We stopped first for a coffee for the road; he asked all the questions: siblings, hometown, are you married?
Son of a famous-author father, novelist Andrew Dubus III had to write his own way out of a violent youth
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 25, 2011
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Sifting for substance in Scott Brown's Against All Odds

Brown's memoir, Against All Odds , tells the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of how one can rise from terrible circumstances to great power and influence, with just a little hard work, perseverance, supermodel good looks and world-class athletic ability.
The Naked Senator
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 19, 2011


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Found in translation

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
Local book launch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2011
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I was a teenage Sandinista

As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011
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Review: Keith Richards's Life

The title says it all: Life isn't just an autobiography, it's Keith Richards's Guide to Good Living.
Stone spills all — eloquently
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 12, 2010
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Further adventures in literary obsession and authenticity with Brock Clarke

Reviewing Brock Clarke's last novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (Algonquin), three years ago — before the author moved to Portland, started teaching at Bowdoin College, and released his new book, Exley , which he'll read at
Idolatry in Watertown
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 15, 2010

VIDEO + PODCAST: Gail Caldwell reads from Let’s Take the Long Way Home [MP3]


video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerFriendship is a tough thing to capture. Especially in words. But friendship is even harder to capture in time. It's an...
By Steve Miller  |  September 27, 2010


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Interview: Kristin Hersh revisits the early days of Throwing Muses in her new memoir, Rat Girl

Twenty-five years ago, Kristin Hersh was a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Newport whose band Throwing Muses was building a rep for riveting shows around Providence and Boston.
Turmoil and triumph
By EVELYN MCDONNELL  |  September 10, 2010
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Fully abled

When he was a fireworks-loving 12-year-old, Paul Guest rolled down a steep driveway on a bike with a broken brake cable. He steered onto the grass in an attempt to slow his momentum, the bike fell into a weed-concealed ditch, and Guest took flight. He la
Paul Guest’s life on wheels
By ALEX BLUM  |  May 21, 2010
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Aerosmith's Kramer put the 'Line' in 'Brookline'

All I know is that it's a fucking miracle that none of the five of us are dead.
In this book excerpt, Kramer recalls his life in greater Boston before the boys hit it big
By JOEY KRAMER  |  June 26, 2009
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Interview: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer

The hard-living lifestyles of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are well chronicled: the booze, the drugs, the long, flowing caftans.
The Aerosmith drummer steps out from behind the kit to talk about his new book, Hit Hard .
By THE SANDBOX  |  June 26, 2009