How Three Minutes Changed a Father's Life

By The Emily Rooney Show   |   Friday, May 18, 2012
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May 18, 2012


Author Buzz Bissinger visited the WGBH studios to talk about his new memoir, Father's Day: A Journey into the Heart and Mind of My Extraordinary Son, chronicling a road trip he took with his special-needs son, Zach. (Photo: Annie Shreffler)

BOSTON — Buzz Bissinger knew from the minute his son Zach was born, the second of twin boys to be born prematurely and weighing in at just over a pound, that he was faced with the challenge of getting to know the kind of son he never expected or wanted.

"In some ways this book is about three minutes," Bissinger said, explaining that because Zach was deprived of oxygen and suffered brain damage, his family's life was changed instantly. 

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The Emily Rooney Show Best Of Summer Books Special

Thursday, June 30, 2011
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We finish up our best-of-summer series with books, books, books! We hear from some of the area’s best writers—like House of Sand and Fog author Andre Dubus III—and most notable personalities—like Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton—who share their book recommendations.
Emily Rooney's Picks
  Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen, by Peter Manso
  Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
  Life, by Keith Richards
Jocelyn Kelley
Owner of book publicity firm Kelley and Hall

  Untold Story, by Monica Ali
  What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
  Sister, by Rosamund Lupton
  The Last Letter from Your Lover, by JoJo Moyes
  Long Gone, by Alafair Burke
Marianne Leone
Author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story, writes for The Boston Globe, actress

  Townie, by Andre Dubus III
  A Moment in the Sun, by John Sayles
Tom Hamilton
Bassist for Aerosmith, history buff and voracious reader

  Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
  City of Thieves, by David Benioff 
Kristan Higgins
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of seven romantic comedies. Her latest is My One And Only.
  Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart, by Sarah Maclean
  A Lot Like Love, by Julie James
Andre Dubus III
NY Times bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog
  The Hair of Harold Roux, by Thomas Williams
  The Oxygen Man, by Steve Yarbrough
Alice Hoffman
Author of the Dovekeepers, which will be released in October of this year and The Red Garden
  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
  Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
Molly Birnbaum
Author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
  Blood, Bones, and Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton
  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, by Patrick Suskind
Bill Martin
Author of nine novels including City of Dreams and Citizen Washington

  Tunnel Vision, by Gary Braver
  Reveille In Washington, by Margaret Leech
Carlo Rotella
Author of Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, director of American Studies at Boston College, colunist for the Boston Globe

  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman
  The Worm Ouroborous, by E.R. Eddisson
  The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie
Steve Almond
Author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

  Trophy, by Michael Griffith
  The Odd Clauses, by Jay Wexler
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Investigative reporter for 7News in Boston and award-winning author of Drive Time

  Starvation Lake, by Bryan Gruley
  The Other Side Of Dark, by Sarah Smith

For Fireworks Fanatics, A Weekend Of Festivity

By Luke Boelitz   |   Thursday, June 30, 2011
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June 30, 2011

Boston Pops Fireworks, 2007

The famous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, 2007 (Flickr/Justin Bagsy Sailor)

BOSTON — Some people just can’t get enough fireworks. If you're such a person, this has to be the best week of the year: you can find fireworks displays all over Greater Boston, seemingly non-stop, from now through July Fourth. Here's a rundown of many of the big events this weekend around the state.

Thursday, July 30

Boston Harbor: Fan Pier, 9:50 P.M.

Sponsored by the Fallon Corporation for the kick-off of the Extreme Sailing Series, with all kinds of boat racing from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. in the inner harbor every day up to the Fourth.

Somerville: Trum Field, 9:15 P.M.

Friday, July 1

Brockton, MA: Brockton Fairgrounds, 10:30 P.M.

Considering the long drives to other fireworks displays around the state, this is the night to get you fix at the Brockton Fair. It’s only about 30 minutes south of Boston, and there promises to be plenty of spectacle beside the fireworks: check out the bear show, 'A Grizzly Experience,' at 5:30 P.M.; Motocross at 7:00; and the Walker Brothers’ Circus at 8:00. There will also be fireworks every night through Monday, and the fair continues through July 10.

Orleans, MA: Rock Harbor Beach, 8:45 P.M.

Mashpee, MA: Mashpee High School, 9:30 P.M.

Marion, MA: Silvershell Beach, 9:15 P.M.

Saturday, July 2

Chesterfield, NH: Spofford Lake, 9:15 P.M.

It's the 250th anniversary of the town of Chesterfield! Activities are planned for the whole day, beginning with a parade at 10:00am. The fire department will be having a steak and lobster cookout from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Activities continue through Sunday.

Hingham, MA: Over the harbor, 9:00 P.M.

The travel guide Lonely Planet calls this one of the best unknown Fourth of July celebrations: the 376-year-old town features a "red-white-and-blue concert at the waterfront" and a "vintage baseball game."

Sunday, July 3

Gloucester, MA: Over the harbor, 9:30 P.M.

The annual Fishtown Horribles Parade will leave at 6:00 from Gloucester High School and go through the town center. Here's a video of locals discussing this year's parade. And check the above link for more information about Independence Day celebrations in Gloucester and around Cape Ann. 

Manchester-by-the-sea, MA: Singing Beach, at dusk

Parking at Singing Beach is almost non-existent if you don’t have a town beach sticker. Allow plenty of time to park your car in town and walk out to the beach.

Weymouth, MA: Wessagusset Beach, 9:30 P.M.

Arrive at 5:00 for family entertainment and live music.

Monday, July 4

Springfield, MA: Riverfront Park, 9:30 P.M.

It has been a rough month for Springfield and neighboring communities, but the recent tornadoes made it all the more important to hold the usual moral-boosting, pyrotechnic extravaganza. Festivities and music start at 7:30. And check out this listing for celebrations in other Western Massachusetts towns.

Boston: Charles River Esplanade, 10:30 P.M.

This is the grand finale: the 38th annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular features a concert from the famed orchestra at the Hatch Memorial Shell at 8:30. Sunday will feature a first performance, as well, but the fireworks — which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and millions of viewers on national television — are saved for Monday, as the climactic main attraction.

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