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Founders and tea partiers
Books to be thankful for
by Rebecca Rupp, Candlewick Press, 2010, 185 pages.

By Lisa Parsons

If Thanksgiving with all its talk of pilgrims and Mayflowers and turkeys has you thoughtful about early America, you’re in luck.

Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth,
by Jeff Kinney, 2010, Amulet Books, 217 pages.

Another book I’m only partially qualified to judge is this fifth book in the Wimpy Kid series, which, in the time since I read the first one and gave it a “B,” has gone bestseller and Hollywood. Although I was and remain a wimpy kid, I am not, as previously mentioned, a 9- to 12-year-old boy; thus my view is different from the target audience’s.

Guys Read: Funny Business,
edited by Jon Scieszka, 2010, Walden Pond Press.

I have no business judging this book; it is specifically “packed with the kind of writing guys will enjoy, the kind of writing that gives guys a reason to want to be readers.” Eight- to 12-year-old guys, in particular.

Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Univers, and Everything
by Rebecca Rupp, Candlewick Press, 2010, 185 pages.

In 20 brief chapters, fictional seventh-grader Octavia Boone questions not only life, the universe, and everything but her mother’s decision to leave the family and join a fundamentalist religious community and her father’s decision to not fight it.

Bink & Gollie,
By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile, Candlewick Press, 2010, 81 pages.

Fans of Kate DiCamillo — for her shadowy novels like The Tale of Despereaux or her playful Mercy Watson stories — will need to read Bink & Gollie, co-written with Pulitzer nominee Alison McGhee (Shadow Baby).

Decade, pictures edited by Eamonn McCabe,
text by Terence McNamee with Anna Rader and Adrian Johnson (2010, Phaidon, 503 pages)

At some point in the next few months, you will likely need one of those gifts for someone who has everything. Or, perhaps more accurately, for someone whose stuff you aren’t acquainted with. Holiday gift, housewarming, belated graduation gift, that sort of thing. Decade, a lovely coffee table book, is that perfect gift.

Lupica crosses home plate
Sportswriter and superhero novelist scores big

Adam Coughlin

Best-selling author and New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica may be George Costanza’s favorite writer, but he honed his literary skills while growing up in New Hampshire.

Zero History, by William Gibson (2010, Viking, 416 pages)
Gibson caps his latest trilogy succinctly with Zero History, a richly steamed froth of light espionage, marketing nerdisms, and an insightful awe for the role of technology in the shape of modern life.

Don't Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards
By P.J. O'Rourke (2010, Atlantic Monthly Press, 275 pages)

For those of us who consider next Tuesday, Nov. 2, a geeky poli-sci holiday, Don’t Vote is the perfect book to stir up the holiday spirit. Particularly if your spirit is grumpy this year.

Fixing our mistakes
Please, God, don't let me misspell anything in this article
By Lisa Parsons

Correcting people’s grammar and spelling can be dicey. You don’t want to offend, but you don’t want to leave them standing there with spinach between their teeth. That spinach might even cause cavities. On the other hand, who asked you?

Archie still going strong
Creator Bob Montana was a Central High Grad
By Lisa Parsons

Archie comics have seen a resurgence lately, what with Archie getting married last year, a new Archie magazine in production (look for a “Guide to Glee” in the November issue), and new character Kevin Keller introduced this fall.

Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun (2010, Gallery Books, 258 pages)
There is something inherently comforting about Tim Gunn.

Sure, the man is always dressed to the nines and seems unruffleable even when he is exclaiming over the horrors of someone’s lime green creation. But, just as you feel when you order a grilled cheese on rye or make a mug of hot chocolate with the little marshmallows, when Tim Gunn is around, you get the sense that things won’t go wrong.

Book learning
Science, math and more just in time for back-to-school
By Lisa Parsons

In the Back to School spirit, here’s a backpack’s worth of current books meant to enlighten, educate, inform or inspire. Plus one about education itself, and one for recess.

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
The $64 Tomato
30,000 Years of Art: The story of human creativity across time and space
A Fold in the Map
ABC: A Novel
Adventures with Grapenut
After the Honeymoon, by Nathan Graziano, Sunnyoutside Press, 2009, 94 pages
American Bloomsbury
American Wife

American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War, & American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton
And a Bottle of Rum
And So
Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (2010, Clarkson Potter, 304 pages)
Art: A World History
The Art Book for Children, Book Two
As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires
The Backyard Birdsong Guide: A Guide to Listening
The Bagel
Baltimore: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About the Game
Beasts for the Chase

The Beats: A Graphic History,
Beauty of the Badlands, by Cliff Fell, Victoria University Press, 107 pages
A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee
Benedict Arnold's Navy
Best Books of 2006
Best Music Writing 2007
Best Music Writing 2008
A Better Angel: Stories by Chris Adrian

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
The Black Diamond Detective Agency
The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life
Body Drama, by Nancy Amanda Redd (2008, Gotham Books, 271 pages)
Books for giving, books for reading
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! Close Encounters of the Worst Kind
Broken World
The Camel Bookmobile
Cancer Vixen
Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person
Castle Waiting
The cat is hep, the cat is blue
Chicken With Plums
Christmas Farm
Collected Poems for Children
The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching, and Life on the Mound
The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives
Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live With
The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms
Crazy Bosses
C'mon get Happy: Part 2
Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006
The Dead Beat
Dear Darkness
Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons
The Door
Dreams of the Presidents
Druids: A Very Short Introduction, by Barry Cunliffe, Oxford University Press, 2010, 145 pages.
Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City
Eat, read, love
My Eightieth Year to Heaven
Elegy For the Floater
The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom
Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud
Excavating the Sutler’s House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George, by David R. Starbuck, University Press of New England, 2010, 118 pages.
Falling Brick Kills Local Man
Fenway Park: A Baseball Pop-Up Book
Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design & the Easter Bunny
Free-Range Chickens
French Women For All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes & Pleasures
A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption
George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation
God Laughs & Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right
Garage Band
A Gathering of Matter A Matter of Gathering
Gifts for the bookworm
A Good Fall: Stories, by Ha Jin (Pantheon Books, 240 pages, $24.95, 2009)
Greetings from Manchester
Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
The Grave Robber’s Daughter
Hallelujah Blackout
Hanging Ruth Blay: An Eighteenth-Century New Hampshire Tragedy, by Carolyn Marvin, 2010, The History Press, 128 pages.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures ...
Hidden History of New Hampshire
Hippo’s book picks of 2007
Hippo’s #1 Book of 2008
Historic Photos of Boston
Historic Photos of Vermont
Hound, by Vincent McCaffrey, Small Beer Press, 2009, 271 pages
How Doctors Think
How to Be Useful, A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work
I Am America (And So Can You!)
I Am Not Joey Pigza
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Images of America
The Immigrant’s Contract
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
The Intellectual Devotional
JD Salinger: Jan. 1, 1919 – Jan. 27, 2010
J. Edgar Hoover, A Graphic Biography
Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time
Lake Champlain: An Illustrated History
The Last Colony
The Lemonade War
Little Brother
L.L. Bean: The Making of an American Idol
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Losing Season, by Jack Ridl, CavanKerry Press, 2009, 89 pages
Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist
The Machinery of Life
Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet
Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt
Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery and Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery
Mayflower: A Story of Courage...
The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes
Medicus, A Novel of the Roman Empire
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes
The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks
Moomin, The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip
Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers
Mysteries of the Middle Ages
The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007
New Hampshire: 1603-1776 (Voices from Colonial America)
The New Hampshire Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Granite State
New Hampshire Patterns
Nineteen Minutes
(Not That You Asked)
The No Asshole Rule
Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
Old Jewish Comedians
Ocean Effects
One Day, by David Nicholls, 2010, Vintage, 437 pages.
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach, 2010, W. W. Norton, 224 pages.
On Purpose
The Other
Peeping Tom’s Cabin: Comic Verse 1928-2008)
Planet Earth
The Poetry Life: Ten Stories
Poetry and Commitment
Poets corner
Poets corner
Quaker Guns
The Real Benedict Arnold
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, The Autobiography
Revolution on Canvas, Volume 2: Poetry From the Indie Music Scene
Rilke and Andreas-Solome: A Love Story in Letters
Rowdy in Paris, by Tim Sandlin (2008, Riverhead Books)
Same Life
Samuel Adams: Patriot and Statesman
Samuel Adams: Father of the American...
The Scrapyard Detectives: Collected Cases, Vol. 1
Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class
The Seven Deadly Sins and Other Poems
The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog
The Sheriff of Yrnameer
Sifting through the bookends
Sights Unscene
Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir
Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time
Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk
Something Has to Happen Next
Some Nights No Cars At All
The Spellman Files
Sperm are From Men,...
Splitters, Squeezes, and Steals: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Greatest Techniques, Strategies, and Plays
Spook Country
Stuart: A Life Backwards
Sunday at the Skin Launderette
Strawbery Banke: A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making,
Superman: The Dailies
Superman: Sunday Classics
Swing a cat, hit a writer
The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir
Teaching Metaphors
Television Without Pity
That Little Something
This is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes
Thoreau’s New England: Photographs and Selections
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style
Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad
Trotsky: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary (Hill & Wang, 2009, 112 pages)
Two for the Road...
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier (2010, First Second Books, 192 pages)
The Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime
The Way We Work:
We Aren’t Who We Are (and This World Isn’t Either
The Wednesday Wars
We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders
What We Eat When We Eat Alone, Stories and 100 Recipes
What to Eat...
Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Without a Map
Women of Granite: 25 New Hampshire Women You Should Know
The Wordy Shipmates
The World Without Us
The Year of Adverbs
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, by Jaron Lanier (2010, Knopf, 209 pages)
06/29/2006 C'mon get happy
06/22/2006 Never Have Your Dog Stuffed ...
06/22/2006 Seven Days to the Sea
06/22/2006 The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
06/08/2006 Never drank the kool-aid
06/01/2006 Any Bitter Thing
05/25/2006 My Life in France
05/25/2006 The 5th Horseman
05/18/2006 Pimp My Cubicle
05/18/2006 The Average American
05/11/2006 Fiasco: A History of Hollywood 's Iconic Flops
05/11/2006 What We Belieive But Cannot Prove
05/04/2006 Chasing Spring
05/04/2006 Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems
05/04/2006 Promise Me
04/27/2006 Field Notes from a Catastrophe
04/27/2006 Trawler
04/20/2006 An Army of Davids
04/20/2006 We Are On Our Own
04/13/2006 Company
04/13/2006 Money, A Memoir
04/06/2006 America, Fascism and God
04/06/2006 Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
03/30/2006 A Fool's Gold
03/30/2006 Marvelous Mattie
03/23/2006 Crickets
03/23/2006 God's Secretaries
03/23/2006 Zen To Go
03/16/2006 Eco Civilization 2140
03/16/2006 Perfect Example
03/16/2006 The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
03/09/2006 The Beat Face of God
03/09/2006 VoiceMale
03/02/2006 The Infinite Book
03/02/2006 Utterly Monkey
03/02/200 The Planets
02/23/2006 Black Hole
02/23/2006 Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
02/23/2006 Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
02/16/2006 The Founders on Religion
02/16/2006 Thomas Jefferson ...
02/16/2003 Young Patriots ...
02/09/2006 Essential Manners for Couples: From Snoring and Sex to Finances and Fighting Fair — What Works, What Doesn't and Why and The Art of Civilised Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself with Style and Grace
02/09/2006 The Interruption of Everything
02/02/2006 America's Musical Life: A History
02/02/2006 The Contract with God Trilogy
02/02/2006 The Simpsons Library of Wisdom: The Raph Wiiggum Book and Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture
01/26/2006 The X List
01/26/2006 My Fundementalist Education
01/26/2006 The Idler Book of Crap Jobs
01/26/2006 The Cow in Apple Time
01/19/2006 Don't Le the World Pass You By! 52 Reasons to Have a Passport
01/19/2006 Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
01/19/2006 Mercy Watson to the Rescue
01/12/2006 The Beatles
01/12/2006 Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun
01/12/2006 The Burn Journals
Q&A with Brian Wood
01/05/2006 Belushi
01/05/2006 Time Won't Let Me
01/05/2006 It's Superman: A Novel
50 Jobs Worse Than Yours
700 Sundays
A Brief Tour Of Human Consciousness
A City Through Time
A Little Love Story
All Marketers Are Liars
Assassination Vacation
America (The Book)
Anansi Boys: A Novel
Attack of The Political Cartoonists
Belly Laughs
Best of books 2005
Between You and I
Blab! Vol. 15
Blow Out The Moon
Books For Film Lovers
Buddha Da
Buddha In The Boardroom
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Busted!: Drug War Survival Skills
Chuck Dugan is AWOL
Climbing Brandon
Cold Service
Comics Have Serious Fun With Politics
Digging James Dean
Digital camera guides bring your photography to a new level
Dishing Hollywood
Don’t Get Too Comfortable
Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink
Dress Your Family...
Dojo Wisdom For Mothers
Donor Boy
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Evening Ferry
Exploring The End Of The Curse
Five Books I Didn't Read In 2004
Franklin Pierce: NH's Favorite Son
Fun books for kids
Gasping For Airtime
God In The Machine
Granite Baby
Happiness Is
High in the Clouds
Homegrown Democrat
Honey, I’m Home
Hooking Up And Staying Together
How I Paid For College
How the Other Half Worships
How to Be Idle
How to Survive a Robot Uprising
I AM Charlotte Simmons
In Remembrance Of HST
In The Shadows Of The Sun
Insult to Injury
Intimate Vermont
Islam Meets Puberty In Persepolis 2
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Kid Firechief
Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print
Like A Rolling Tome
Lipstick Jihad
Little Girl Lost
Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams
Max & Maddy and the Bursting Balloons Mystery and Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
More Than They Could Chew
More Views On Iraq
Mystery Writer Tom Eslick
Never Mind The Pollacks
On B.S.
Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude
On the Spur of Speed
Paul Moves Out
Perfect Circle
Peter And The Starcatchers
Phonics Comics
Plan B: Further Thoughts On Faith
Political Cage Rattling
Poetry of note 2005

Poop: A Natural History Of The Unmentionable
Red House
Revolutionary Mothers
Sorry Everybody; An Apology To The World For
Souled Music
Specimen Days
Sneaking Into the Flying Circus

Staring At Goats
Swinging For The Majors
The Art of Uncontrolled Flight
The Atomsmashers...
The Best Time Travel Tales of the 20th Century
The Book of Bunny Suicides and the Return of the Bunny Suicides
The Breath Of Parted Lips
The Callahan Cousins
The City of Falling Angels
The Comforting Whirlwind
The Comics Go To Hell
The Complete Peanuts
The Concise Atlas of the Stars
The Daddy's Chronicles
The Elements of Style
The Essential Hip Mama
The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories
The Geeks of War
The Jungle of Amazonia

The Lazy Husband
The Olive And The Caper

The Physics of Superheroes
The Pin-Up Art of Dan De Carlo
The Protector's War
The Re-Election Of George W. Bush
The Reluctant Metrosexual
The Series Of Unfortunate Events
The Singer’s Crown
The Starter Wife
The Steroid Deceit
The Stupidest Angel
The System Of The World, Vol. 3
The Three-Martini Playdate
The Traveler
The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
The Worst Noel
The Year of Magical Thinking
This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future, edited by John Brockman, 2010, HarperPerennial, 390 pages.
Trinny and Susannah—What You Wear Can Change Your Life
Understanding Iraq
Us, From Above
Vaughn Bode's Lizard Zen
Wake Up, Sir!
Wandering Home
What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? by Stacey Platt, 2010, Artisan Books, 277 pages.
We Ain't Making Sausages Here
We The People
What To Wear Where
Witty Tomes For Tots
You Say I'm A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing