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God Stands Up For Geeks In Winchester’s Latest

Books: 'The Perfectionists’

Simon Winchester is a crack storyteller, as anyone who has read “The Professor and the Madman” will remember, and a sharp-eyed researcher who finds bright nuggets of information in odd corners of our dusty past.

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A House Rich With Memories and Gifts

Books: ‘Friends Bearing Gifts’

For Marcel Proust, madeleines, dipped in hot tea, prompted the flood of memories that became the seven volumes of “Remembrance of Things Past.” For Joseph Cicio, it is everything in his stunning Warren, Conn. house — furniture, art, bibelots, especially gifts from the battalions of friends he made over the years — that prompted his first book, “Friends Bearing Gifts,” which will be available in June.

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Truth and Lies In Polar Exploration

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When Commander Robert Peary, newly returned from a dash toward the North Pole, lectured at the Village Hall in Norfolk, Conn., in February 1907, a crowd of 600 filled the building to overflowing. 
“A tall man, with a large frame and a pleasing manner of address,” according to the town paper, he had turned back within 3 degrees of his goal: “’I looked around at the drawn faces of my companions and at the skeleton dogs, and feeling that the limit of human and canine endurance had been reached, started back for the ship.’”

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Four Women Who Changed The World

Books: ‘Visionary Women’

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Twentieth Century Boy Grows Up

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Local Author Pens Children’s Novel

Books: ‘The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley’

Writing for children can mean writing about a child, writing for a child, or, sometimes, writing like a chid.  April Stevens has written an engaging novel about a singularly charming offbeat character by  thinking like this particular child. Without condescending or resorting to child-speak, she writes about being an 11-year-old girl.  Simple, everyday things happen in this quiet significant middle-grade book. But, for this child and the reader, they are monumental. 

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Interview With André Aciman

Books: ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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Allen Blagden Presents at White Hart

Books: ‘Marking The Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden’

Allen Blagden, a lover of all animals and  prolific painter of the natural world,  says he might have been a feral child. Growing up in Lake­ville he was always happiest out of doors. Blagden’s father, Tom Blagden, was the legendary Hotchkiss art teacher and Blagden says he remembers beginning to draw at about the same time that he learned to walk. The Blagden house was full of crayons, watercolors, paper and paint for the children to use. 

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An Artist’s Novel

Books: 'Shine'

Robert Kipniss first wanted to be a poet when he was in college in Iowa. Then he took up art and made himself into a nationally recognized and much-collected painter and print maker. How he did so is recounted in his 2011 autobiography, “A Working Artist’s Life.”

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Fake News Is Not A New Phenomenon

Books: ‘Fantasyland’

These days it seems as though a frightening number of Americans are absolutely convinced of the reality of one or more things that other Americans realize are patently untrue. From anti-vaxxers to anti-GMOers, from JFK’s assassination to Hillary’s child pornography ring, we no longer live in the same country, or even the same world, as our friends and neighbors.

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