Category Archives: Thurber House author

The surprising inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World

Imagine you’re a painter. Beyond needing natural talent, hard work, and technique, how do you find a subject? If you’re Andrew Wyeth, creator of the famous 1948 painting Christina’s World (below), you get lucky, kind of, in that your subject … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew: Julie Rubini and Marilyn Greenwald

Many of us grew up reading the Hardy Boys (me) or Nancy Drew, wondering who Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene were and how they could write so many books. Julie Rubini and Marilyn Greenwald had the same questions and did some … Continue reading

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Kate Clifford Larson – Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Many authors have explored the Kennedy family, but one little-explored member is Rosemary, the disabled daughter who was kept away from the public eye for most of her life. Kate Clifford Larson remedies this situation with her book, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy … Continue reading

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Life is Ruff: Suzanne Berne on The Dogs of Littlefield

What’s a dog owner to do? You can live in one of the top 10 best places to live in the United States, Littlefield, and still not have freedom to let your dog off leash at the dog park. And … Continue reading

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Ann Hood: What book matters most to you?

With over two dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, to her credit, Ann Hood, knows books. In her most recent novel, The Book That Matters Most, she asks readers to consider what … Continue reading

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Laura Lippman: writing about her hometown with fact and fiction

Laura Lippman is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels and an award-winning short story anthology, and the creator of the Private Investigator Tess Monaghan series. Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, before turning to novel … Continue reading

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Tracy Chevalier: at the edge of the orchard and history

It’s not often that trees, orchards, and apples find themselves at the center of a conflict, but that is exactly the case with Tracy Chevalier’s newest novel, At the Edge of the Orchard. The book follows the saga of the … Continue reading

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Fergus Bordewich: Congress is historically contentious

Career politicians, backroom deals, and Congressional contention are not exclusive to today’s political landscape. As author and historian Fergus M. Bordewich would be quick to point out, “the great American tradition of political trench warfare” was just as prevalent early … Continue reading

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Melanie Benjamin: ruffling the feathers on the Swans of Fifth Avenue

Many people think of Truman Capote as the campy talk show guest or the inspiration for the character of Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird. Melanie Benjamin wanted to know more about the author in his prime, before his high … Continue reading

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Jason Gay: Little victories add up

Jason Gay is the sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Seriously. I didn’t know that The Wall Street Journal covered sports. I originally imagined that it only covers polo, but no, Jason Gay covers a variety of sports, after previously writing … Continue reading

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