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‘A Wild Swan: And Other Tales’ by Michael Cunningham

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Content with invoking a single fairy tale in his previous novel, Cunningham rewrites a batch of them in his new book, to entertaining and ultimately moving effect.


// B.A. Shapiro, novelist

Best-selling author B.A. Shapiro’s job is writing novels. Her hobby, she says, is reading them.

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‘The Death of Cancer’ by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

In this fascinating new memoir, DeVita argues that while we’re finally winning the “war on cancer,’’ physicians too timid to prescribe aggressive treatments often deny patients with cancer potential cures.

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// ‘The Japanese Lover’ by Isabel Allende

“The Japanese Lover” foregrounds two women in a skillfully constructed nonlinear narrative about families devastated by historical trauma.

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// ‘To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949’ by Ian Kershaw

Kershaw argues that it was an era in which Europe “carried out two world wars, threatened the very foundations of civilization, and seemed hell bent on self-destruction.’’

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// Savage’s ‘Power Wars’ turns the light on Obama’s foreign policy

One of Charlie Savage’s most surprising findings involves how the president has continued some of the Bush policies that so angered critics of that administration.

// New England literary news

Norman Bridwell was a struggling artist in the 1960s when a picture book he wrote and illustrated was plucked from the slush pile at Scholastic Books.

The Discovery

‘Coloring the Universe’

Travis A. Rector and co-authors Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke discuss the mechanics, ethics, and aesthetics of images that shape our understanding of the world beyond earth.

For young adults

Capsule reviews of “Juniors,” “Whippoorwill,” “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

Carly Simon’s memoir “Boys in the Trees” offers insights into her hit songs and more.

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Music gift guide

Books by and about musicians

A look at some music-related tomes that would make good gifts, including “Boys in the Trees” by Carly Simon.

address gift guide

// Home design books to gift

From the family functional to bohemian best, books to delight the remodeler on your list.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 30-Dec. 5

Readings and appearances in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

// Local bestsellers

A look at what’s flying off the shelves.

// Good audiobooks for Thanksgiving travel

John Malkovich can read you Kurt Vonnegut’s satire of Nixon-era America, “Breakfast of Champions,” while you drive to grandma’s.

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‘Boys in the Trees’ by Carly Simon

Though she was one of the true “it” girls of the 1970s, Simon has been grappling with self-esteem for much of her life.

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‘The Muralist,’ by B.A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro makes the radical, varied, and sometimes enigmatic world of abstract expressionism altogether human and accessible.

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‘This Bridge Will Not Be Gray,’ by Dave Eggers

“This Bridge Will Not Be Gray” is a story about the history of the Golden Gate Bridge that is a graphic looker.

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// How Einstein ended hunt for a planet that never was

“The Hunt for Vulcan” is a short, beautifully produced book that tells a cautionary tale.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Seven books about...

Seven books about suffragettes

Including “The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family” and “The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History.’’