Powerful portrait of mental illness in ‘Imagine Me Gone’

Adam Haslett’s latest is a study of destructive family dynamics in which family is a trap as filled with love and concern, exasperation and dread.

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in “Keanu.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kittens, Cubans, and a midnight bookstore

What to do in Boston this weekend, from Key and Peele’s big movie to the Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake.”

story behind the book

Why New Englanders are ‘Wicked Pissed’

Ted Reinstein began collecting stories of New England feuds years ago, but had so many he gave them their own book.

Scientology leader’s father to publish tell-all book

Ron Miscavige, father of David Miscavige, the leader of Scientology, will appear on ABC’s “20/20” on Friday to talk about his son and the religion they used to share.

Latest Books headlines

Greater Boston author readings May 1-7

A calendar of author readings, panels, and appearances for the week of May 1-7.

First Person | Globe Magazine

Former prosecutor Pamela Wechsler now makes her case in mystery novels

The author’s years in the courtroom informed her writing for “Law & Order” and her new Boston-based mystery, “Mission Hill.”

Local bestsllers

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound for the week ended Sunday, April 24.

Book Review

Traveling with the crabby, insightful Geoff Dyer

What is Geoff Dyer searching for? To be alive, I suppose, is the answer.


From free-love utopia to corporate powerhouse in ‘Oneida’

New history captures a historical moment when “free love and industrial prosperity, communism and capitalism, women’s lib and millennial Christianity’’ peacefully cohabitated.

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Andrea Barrett

Andrea Barrett earns Rea Award for short story writing

The Boston-born, Cape Cod-bred “Ship Fever” author teaches writing at Williams College.

Andrew Bacevich is a political scientist at Boston University.

Book Review

Examining America’s overreaching in Mideast

Andrew Bacevich knows one thing: The United States has used its military too frequently since the end of the Cold War.

Ten New Englanders talk about songs that changed their lives

Evan Turner of the Celtics, Stephen King, Amanda Palmer, Seth Moulton, and others explain how a song can shake you.

books in brief

Three recent nonfiction titles

Kate Tuttle offers capsule reviews of “The Vanishing Velazquez’’; “Into the Black’’; and “Casting Lots.”

Wicked Cozy Authors are (from left) Liz Mugavero, Sherry Harris, Barbara Ross, Jessie Crockett, and J.A. Hennrikus, and also Edith Maxwell (not pictured).

These authors share a passion for murder

They write murder mysteries that are formulaic but also witty and fun, and readers can’t get enough.

Meet the Wicked Cozy Authors

Background on the six authors in the group.

short stack

Time goes by slowly in ‘Are We There Yet?’

For a book about boredom, Dan Santat’s newest is surprisingly inventive and eventful.

Match book

Looking for coming-of-age novels, books about true events

A reader is looking for help finding some books dealing with 20th-century historical nonfiction.

FILE -- Karl Ove Knausgaard, a Norwegian novelist, in New York, April 30, 2012. Knausgaard's six-part novelistic memoir, titled “My Struggle,

book review

Portrait of a writer as a young man

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical “My Struggle,” is infused with tension between the narrative’s momentum and a stillness unhinged from plot.

Conductor Andris Nelsons with his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, in 2014.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Elvis, divine neurosis, and frogs who sing

Top choices for things to do this weekend.

Local bestsellers

Top selling local books.


Great Boston author readings April 24-30

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events

the story behind the book

Eric Jay Dolin on lighthouses of America

“I had no idea lighthouses were so interesting, “ says the author about the subject of “Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.”

book review

A portrait of Orson Welles, bristling with talent and flaws

This new work comprehends the brilliance and limitations that coexist in Welles’s stage and film productions — and his work habits.

book review

Noirish thriller of postwar Palestine and Jewish underground

The tale revolves around the love affair of two Jewish fighters amid the underground war with Britain in post-war Palestine.

John Garo’s photograph “Flood” from “Yousuf Karsh & John Garo: The Search for a Master’s Legacy.”

new england literary news

A look at a great photographer and his student

Mehmed Ali’s “Yousuf Karsh & John Garo: The Search for a Master’s Legacy” offers an inside look at the early years of celebrity photography.

The discovery

A collection of metaphors that isn’t as stuffy as its title sounds

A capsule book review of “Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor” by law school dean Ward Farnsworth.

Dublin’s Sackville Street after the Easter Monday rebellion in 1916.

four takes

A clear-eyed look back at Easter Rising

Examining four books that mark the centenary of the rebellion.


Marcia Clark lived mysteries and now writes them

The lead prosecutor in O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial prefers books with twisted, bizarre characters to whodunit plots.

Let’s call it the Longfellow-Poe Bridge

An English professor makes the case for tweaking the name of the Longfellow Bridge to more accurately reflect Boston’s literary heritage.

Actor and author David Duchovny.

Book review

David Duchovny’s new novel is proof you can’t be good at everything

The actor’s new book, “Bucky [Expletive] Dent,’’ reads like a hastily adapted screenplay about relationships and baseball.

Perspective | Globe Magazine

Five stupid things I did and you should avoid when changing careers

Dan Lyons, who wrote a bestseller about taking a job at HubSpot at age 52, dissects where he went wrong.


Jefferson: brilliant but self-absorbed, troubled

Historians offer a look at Thomas Jefferson through a close examination of all he wrote and said.

Match Book: On a journey to find new titles

A reader from Stow wants to continue alternating history with mystical themes.


Jazzing up a historic day in Harlem

Nicole Lamy on the children’s book “Jazz Day.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen appeared at the Harvard Book Store on April 18.

Hours after winning Pulitzer, Nguyen reads in Cambridge

Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” on April 18.

Ms. Fortnum depicted an endearingly frumpy refugee with a floppy hat.

Peggy Fortnum, 96, illustrator of Paddington

Ms. Fortnum ignored her tutor’s advice that she never draw animals that talked and wore clothes.

book review

‘The Gunning of America’ takes aim at the role of guns in our history

Historian Pamela Haag proposes a counter-narrative to the popular notion that guns were central to the making of America.


Novelist Anna Quindlen admits she has a book habit

Quindlen says she’s “a chain reader. Finish one and pick up the next one.”

book review

‘Hystopia’ and the stories they carried

Set in Michigan in the late 1960s, “Hystopia’’ is about traumas: of Vietnam, familial history, a post-industrial, hollowed-out Midwestern economy.


Greater Boston author readings April 17-23

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

the discovery

Exploring the dark side of music

“The Hatred of Music” offers 10 explorations of music’s potential to be party to evil.

“State Street, 1801” by James Brown Marston is featured on the cover of a new book “The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems, 1789-1820,”

new england literary news

Boston Literary District looks at how we talk, think about ourselves

Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges will explore the ways various poets wrestled with the idea of American identity.

the story behind the book

‘Shelter’ finds roots in real-life home invasion murder

Jung Yun’s debut novel turns on a Korean-American family devastated and disrupted by a terrible crime.

The Frankfurt ghetto circa 1865. Ghettos were often concentrations of deprivation and hardship

book review

‘Ghetto’ as a place, metaphor, and disparagement

Mitchell Duneier’s “Ghetto’’ is a searing and searching examination of the political and cultural history of this powerfully evocative and inflamatory term.

book review

An Austen retelling starts bright but fades in ‘Eligible’

In “Eligible,” Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern take on “Pride and Prejudice” sets out to skewer the culture of celebrity and 15-minute fame.

Companhia Urbana de Danca makes its Boston debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Brazilian dance, ‘Jungle Book,’ and robot wars

A look at things to do in the Boston area this weekend.

Stephen King recalls his interest in Kim Novak.

Book Review

Ever have a teen celeb crush? Writers dish.

“Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush” is a collection of confessions about early romantic obsessions.

Beverly Cleary signed books in 1998.

Author Beverly Cleary turns 100 with wit, candor

The feisty and witty author of classics such as “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” likes to joke that she doesn’t look a day over 80.

Geoff Manaugh, author of the “A Burglar’s Guide to the City.”


Architecture expert’s tips on avoiding burglary

Geoff Manaugh’s new book, “A Burglar’s Guide to the City,” approaches the built world from a singular point of view.

“Stop Following Me, Moon!” By Darren Farrell Dial.

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A bear asks ‘Why is the moon following me?’

A look at “Stop Following Me, Moon!” by Darren Farrell Dial.