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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762778415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762778416
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Reinstein's New England Notebook is like having Norman Rockwell as your neighbor. Every page, each story and everyone you meet while reading is both a vacation and an education focusing on a region Ted has covered for decades.- Mike Barnicle, award-winning print and broadcast journalist, and social and political commentator We'd love to travel to all these great places in New England, and meet all these fascinating people, too. Unfortunately, between the two of us we don't have a vehicle that could take us more than about nine miles—and that's being optimistic!- Tom and Ray Magliozzi, NPR's "Car Talk" Ted Reinstein has "been there and back" to bring us this warm, affectionate, insightful native's-eye view of New England.- Tim Sample, Maine humorist

About the Author

Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for "Chronicle," WCVB-TV/Boston's award-winning—and America's longest-running, locally-produced—nightly news magazine since 1997. In addition, he is a regular contributor for the station's political roundtable show and writes a weekly opinion column. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters.

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Ted Reinstein is best known around New England as a longtime correspondent for "Chronicle," the equally longtime and celebrated nightly newsmagazine which airs on Boston's ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV. In 2012, "Chronicle" marked its thirtieth year on television. Having won most major U.S. broadcasting awards, it remains the nation's longest-running locally-produced TV newsmagazine. Ted joined the show in 1995 as a reporter and producer. Early on, he was drawn to cover Boston's famous (some would say infamous) Big Dig project, and for several years filed stories that brought viewers deep underground, and high up on hundred-foot cranes. In 2002, he was part of a "Chronicle" team that won a prestigious national DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award for their comparison of the Big Dig with other massive public works projects around the world. Today, while he occasionally appears in the show's studio filling in at the anchor desk or delivering an opinion commentary, it's mostly out in the field where viewers have come to expect to see Ted. From literally every corner of New England he has found the offbeat, the interesting and the just plain quirky, all while telling the enduringly colorful stories of New England's people and places. As a native, it's a region he knows well and loves deeply; he was born on the edge of Boston Harbor in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Politics is also a passion (what better place to be than Boston?), and he gets to indulge it on-air once a week as a contributor for WCVB's political roundtable show, "On The Record." (He's indulged elsewhere, too; in 2010 he was one of five national finalists in the Washington Post's "Next Great American Pundit" competition.) He continues to write a weekly opinion column ("And Another Thing") for WCVB.com, and since 2008 has been a member of the station's editorial board.

Elsewhere on television, Ted hosted the premiere season of the Discovery Channel's "Popular Mechanics" show. (A wonder, really, considering that at the time he owned but two power tools.) Out of the studio, he explored Hawaii's volcanoes, the caves of Puerto Rico, and the islands of Tahiti as host and correspondent for the Travel Channel's photo/adventure series, "FreezeFrame."

Ted also maintains a strong love of live theatre, the place where his early career started. He performed in regional theatre as well as in Chicago, New York (where he lived and studied acting) and Boston, where he appeared in over 500 performances of America's longest-running non-musical, "Shear Madness," as well as in award-winning productions of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." As a playwright, he's co-author of "Yom Kippur in Da Nang," which premiered in 1992 at the Jewish Theatre of New England under the direction of the late David Wheeler (American Repertory Theatre). He has also written several shorter plays which were produced as part of Boston's annual Theatre Marathon.

In 2013, Globe Pequot Press published his first book, "A New England Notebook: Six States, One Reporter, Uncommon Stories." The book, in an unusual encyclopedic style, recounts many of Ted's favorite people and stories from his many travels around New England for "Chronicle."

Ted received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brandeis University, where he was valedictorian on graduation in 1984. He's an avid skier and hiker, has published political cartoons, and volunteered for many years in the "Big Brother" program. He's a member of the Board of Trustees for both Longfellow's Historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Temple Beth David in Westwood, MA. He lives with his wife and two daughters just west of Boston where, his trustee memberships aside, he's frequently out-voted.

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I learned a few things I didn't know as well as thoroughly enjoying the book.
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Every story brought a smile to my face.
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By VLW on September 23, 2013
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I love the stories in the book and wish there were more. I'm almost done with it and am looking forward to trips to see the places mentioned in the book. I am a nightly Chronicle watcher, and have seen shows on a lot of what's in the book, but it is wonderful to be able to have the book as a reference and reminder of what I've watched and in planning my itinerary. Ted is a wonderful writer and tells the stories in a such a way that you think he's having a conversation with you. I highly recommend it.
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I learned a few things I didn't know as well as thoroughly enjoying the book. I'd recommend it for anyone, whether or not you are from New England.
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I gave this to my Dad and he loves the variety and description of the many towns in New England that are so familiar to him.
Great pictures to compliment the stories. Ted Reinstein has combined interesting stories and photos that draw in both visitors
and locals. Makes a nice gift .
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By SoU Know on July 7, 2013
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Nice book of New England. I saw it mentioned on a segment of Chronicle, a local Boston news magazine, and decided to buy it. Not an in depth book of New England but the short list of places covered are a nice selection of overall NE. Very nice pix and descriptions.
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By J. D. Traiger on June 23, 2013
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Ted Reinstein's, "New England Notebook," is very enjoyable, informative, and entertaining to read and read again. The book is organized in short descriptions of people and places from six states that fall into ten general categories: oldest, newest, places, people, pastimes, collectors, craftsmen, entertainers, nerds, and foods. There are a number of places discussed in the book that I've visited, but Ted Reinstein's writings shed a fresh perspective and make those places seem more interesting. There will be times, while reading one of the book's segments, when you'll think, "Hey, I've been there, but I didn't know that!" The people he meets are even more interesting. I think the photographs are fine, but their composition and print effects could be slightly enhanced. I certainly hope both author and photographer produce a follow-up book to, "New England Notebook," because there must be many other New England places and people as captivating as those in this book.
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I loved this book. Having been born and raised in New England, it hits home. Every story brought a smile to my face. My husband would ask, "What, what?!?" Awesome
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