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I live in central New Hampshire, aka The Granite State. They don't call it that for nothing. My own house sits directly on top of one of the enormous granite plutons, the Meredith Porphyritic Granite. A giant piece of this solid bedrock is right next to my driveway. What a perfect place for me to live, considering my college major was geology.

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Comment: In a recent column, you wrote that the power of attorney for financial matters and health care carry through death. But, in fact, powers of attorney for financial matters and health care are only valid until the person dies. So, the executors and trustees are the only ones with access.

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 24, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Black Ice: A Thriller" by Brad Thor (Atria) Last week: — 2. "The ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 24, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Black Ice. Brad Thor. Atria 2. The Cellist. Daniel Silva. Harper 3. ...

Chris Waller could barely process what he was seeing. Simone Biles, by his account, the most dominant athlete in the world, had bailed on her planned vault. She nearly fell. Then she walked off the competition floor. “Just absolutely stunned speechless,” Waller, UCLA’s gymnastics coach, said of Biles’ shocking scratch from the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday. Despite another sudden ...

There are so many things Mena Suvari never wanted you to know. And there were ghosts of her past all over this town, willing to keep her secrets. Like the woman she ran into once at Whole Foods — a woman with whom she'd had a threesome. “I was mortified, because I was famous then, and she knew me when I wasn’t,” recalls Suvari, one of the most popular young actresses around the turn of the ...

NONFICTION: This enthralling memoir recounts the lifetime work of a marine biologist trying to see into the dark depths of the oceans. "Below the Edge of Darkness" by Edith Widder; Random House (352 pages, $28) ——— Bioluminescence is one of those words, six science-sounding syllables, that might make some readers back away slowly. Such hesitation would be a shame, however, if it stops anyone ...

FICTION: This thriller hinges on the allure of fast riches and the perils of misplaced ambition. "Godspeed" by Nickolas Butler; Putnam (352 pages, $27) ——— It's not hard to understand. Three buddies struggling to keep their Wyoming construction business afloat get a call from a California lawyer who wants them to finish building her mansion, and they think: This could be "the house that would ...

FICTION: This beautifully accomplished thriller about sex and family secrets is set in the high-stakes world of ballet. "The Turnout" by Megan Abbott; G.P. Putnam's Sons (352 pages, $27) ——— Dara, the heroine of Megan Abbott's new thriller, "The Turnout," has spent her life in her mother's shadow. Together with her sister Marie and husband Charlie — who was once their mother's star pupil — ...

Few people have had as much to say about the American diet as Mark Bittman. Between his bestselling cookbooks, four television series and 30-year run covering food for the New York Times, Bittman, 71, entrenched himself in America’s kitchens. But his latest tome goes further than teaching readers what to eat and why. With a multi-millennial sweep, he uses cuisine to track the evolution of Homo ...

NONFICTION: A fascinating memoir about a Utopian city in India — which proves less than ideal. "Better to Have Gone" by Akash Kapur; Scribner (344 pages, $27) ——— The most surprising aspect of Akash Kapur's "Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville" is the author's well-disposed view of the leaders, beliefs and practices of Auroville, a planned city founded in ...

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