Soviet warrior women

“The Unwomanly Face of War” is a lacerating and harrowing oral history based on more than 500 interviews with former soldiers, snipers, and pilots.

Robert Finch, author of “The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore,” stands below clay cliffs at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.

A four-decade stroll, tracing the changes to the Outer Beach

The lyrical essays of Robert Finch’s “The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore” trace a northward path from Monomoy Island to the Province Lands dunes.

In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, and Anthony Sadler attend a parade held to honor the three Americans who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train, in Sacramento, Calif. The three Sacramento-area men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will play themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about their heroic feat. Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone will star in


Men who stopped train attack to star in Clint Eastwood film

The three California men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of playing themselves in a new movie.

At Boston College High School’s library, the Dewey Decimal System has been replaced with an arrange-ment intended to be intuitive, based on how books are displayed in bookstores.

School libraries take cues from bookstores to foster browsing, stimulate learning

“Libraries are moving away from spaces that just store ideas to [places] that facilitate ideas.”

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Reimagining the life of a ’50s woman executive

Joanna Scott’s compelling and complex new novel is chockablock with history, feminism, social divisions, environmental blight, corruption, sexism, and murder.

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The loss of a friend inspired a novel about friendship’s meaning

In “Before Everything,” five women in their late 50s, friends since childhood, gather as one lies dying of cancer.

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Get a haircut and a book; a sample of novel openings; saving the rainforest

Any child, aged 4 through 12, who gets his or her hair cut, braided, or styled at one of seven participating hair shops in Egleston Square will get to choose a book to take home for free.

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How to write about death

“The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat is part memoir and part survey of how others have dealt with death in their writing.

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Two young former Israeli soldiers pick up where they left off, rousting tenants in New York

“Moving Kings” traces the aftermath of a planned eviction gone horribly wrong.

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Not a big fan of modern novels

With one exception, British novelist Jane Gardam reads pretty widely.


Greater Boston author readings July 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Local bestsellers

Local bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

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The hunt for ancient kingdom in South American jungle

Greg Pizzoli tells the story of the life of explorer Perry Fawcett in “The Quest for Z.’’

This July 30, 2016, file photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of,

2 new Harry Potter books set to be published in October

Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series.

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A man whose pursuit of literary respectability was outpaced by his love of booze and bondage

“The Abominable Mr. Seabrook’’ is Joe Ollmann’s graphic biography of American journalist William Seabrook.

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Disguised as boy, teen looks to evade starvation, brutal abuser during potato famine

“Grace’’ belongs to several great traditions — the picaresque novel, the coming-of-age novel, and the orphan novel.


Two motherless girls and blackmail; and Zodiac-Killer-like psychopath returns

Capsule reviews of “The Last Hack,’’ “He Said/She Said,’’ “UNSUB’’

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Watertown’s story: then and now

Greg Beach’s first book, “The World and Watertown,” looks at the broad sweep of history through the lens of his hometown.

Local bestsellers

Local bestsellers based on eporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.


Greater Boston author readings July 16-22

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.


Amor Towles’s book group sets a very high bar

Their criteria? Only books that would wear well, that would entertain and enlighten with revisits by a reader though the decades.

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Skiffle strikes a chord with author Billy Bragg

“Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World” is a deeply researched yet lively look at the musical craze that hit England in the mid-1950s.

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Wistful memoir of summers spent at Vineyard ‘shack’ of her famous in-laws

“To the New Owners” tells of Madeleine Blais’s summers on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer house owned by the family of her husband, John Katzenbach, and of her sense of loss when it is sold.

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The darkness they share

With the publication of her first collection of stories, “The Dark Dark,’’ Samantha Hunt is poised to break through as one of our major fiction writers.

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Headlining authors for 2017 Boston Book Festival announced

The authors cover a broad swath of the literary spectrum.

Spencer Johnson, 78, author of pithy best-sellers

Mr. Johnson’s books included “Who Moved My Cheese?” — a parable about embracing change that has sold 28 million copies worldwide.

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The hidden machinery that makes fiction

Margot Livesey has spent years writing, talking about writing, and teaching writing but had no intention of writing a book offering advice to fellow writers.

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A grieving, Scottish Holden Caulfield dropped into Alabama

Modernist stream of consciousness lives on in the brilliant “Dirt Road,’’ Booker Prize-winning Scottish author James Kelman’s latest novel.

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Thoreau as a man of parts — mostly paradoxical

Laura Dassow Walls’s portrait, the first major work of its kind in three decades, looks to bring Thoreau alive for the present generation.

Peter Brannen at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia.

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New England booksellers pick top books, taking a look at five major extinctions

New England Book Award is given out for works of adult fiction and nonfiction, YA, and children’s books.

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An Amish dystopian novel

The saga follows farmer Jacob and his family through a solar storm that causes planes to fall out of the sky, the grid to crumble, and violence and chaos to unfold across rural Pennsylvania.


Gloucester-born author believes hometown influenced her writing style

Anna Solomon discusses her novel, “Leaving Lucy Pear,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Manchester Public Library.

Tom Brady, pictured last month during a promotional event in Japan.


Tom Brady’s performance guide to be published in September

Patriots fans are certainly familiar with Tom Brady the quarterback, but come September, they can also get to know Tom Brady the author.

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Troubled twins, a chalk artist, and teacher struggle with identity in virtual and real worlds

In Allegra Goodman’s sixth novel, characters shift between the daily world and a magical realm that is both evanescent and enduring.

13 young adult must-reads for this summer

Here are some top-notch suggestions for the long, lazy days and evenings ahead.


Made in Maine

Meet Vacationland’s makers — minus the mosquitos — in this beautiful new book.

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Once-promising graphic novelist’s midlife affair comically collides with hard truths of life and art

Matthew Klam’s long-awaited second book is one of those novels with the rare power to mesmerize.

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Resurrecting the woolly mammoth

Ben Mezrich chronicles the efforts of Harvard geneticist George Church and some Russian scientists to bring back the long-extinct Pleistocene-era giant.


Greater Boston author readings July 2-8

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.


Travel inspires the books he chooses

Novelist Teju Cole says that when he visits a place he reads to learn something particular about it.

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Cambridge poet at 100; elegy to summer ‘shack’; Nantucket readings

Joseph Cohen’s new book, “A New Path,’’ attive two years after his debut, “A Full Life.’’

J. Edgar Hoover  plays a prominent role in many books about the FBI.

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Trump investigation stirs curiosity about FBI

Capsule reviews of “Enemies,’’ “The Threat Matrix’’; “The Burglary’’; and “Subversives’’

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Donal Ryan’s dark, layered tale of a teacher’s illicit affair with a student

The award-winning author’s “All We Shall Know’’ is dense in that its few pages (under 200) contain great richness.

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Saga of a boy who was genetically nice

Jennifer Latson chronicles the three years she spent shadowing a boy with Williams syndrome and his mother.


What Oprah and the critics say about her Book Club’s summer pick

“Behold the Dreamers” is the debut novel from Imbolo Mbue.

15 ways Harry Potter has changed culture since the first book was published 20 years ago

On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh. And it took off.

Author John Green


Want a copy of the new John Green? You have 1.5m chances.

“Turtles All the Way Down” will be Green’s first book since 2012’s wildly-popular “The Fault in Our Stars.”

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Losing, then finding, his Muslim faith

Haroon Moghul grew up in New England, his faith something he “inherited and tried to make sense of” from an early age.

Peter Miller’s photo of a rainbow over Waterbury Reservoir.

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Changes in Vermont’s character and countryside

Peter Miller at work on a new book, “Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture’’; environmentalist Bill McKibben on “Walden’’; a global book club

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Story of girlfriend for hire explores oddness of love and life

In the world of Lacey’s novels, the self is fundamentally strange — strange to others and strange to itself.