Local kids give new Dr. Seuss book a thumbs-up

Eleven 6-year-olds in a Milton summer-enrichment class were among the first kids in the country to hear “What Pet Should I Get.”

Book Review

‘Let Me Tell You’ by Shirley Jackson

The 56 short works include a handful of stories that highlight the shuddering strangeness for which Jackson’s revered.

Book Review

‘Days of Awe’ by Lauren Fox

In her new novel, Fox’s insouciance is tempered by an omnipresent awareness of “that cold lick of mortality.”

bibliophiles

Jazz musician Jon Faddis became a herbivore thanks to Tolstoy

The great jazz trumpeter, longtime lead for Dizzy Gillespie’s bands, talks about his spiritual bent.

Author Alex Kershaw powers the story of the Jacksons with emotive language.

Book Review

‘Avenue of Spies’ by Alex Kershaw

The nonfiction melodrama centers on the harrowing experience of a family that undertook dangerous work for the French Resistance during World War II.

Book Review

‘Reading Claudius’ by Caroline Heller

Writing a memoir can provoke questions about history, memory, and accuracy. When evidence is lacking, how should one proceed?

Seven Books About...

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I was naïve, it turns out, to think that national parks, those glorious emblems of America, sprang only from the better angels of our nature.

In Brief...

Capsule reviews of four new books

“We Believe the Children,” by Richard Beck, “Girl in Glass” by Deanna Fei, “Barefoot to Avalon” by David Payne and “The Man in the Monster” by Martha Elliott

Ty Burr

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Is there anything more potentially disturbing, more annoying, more strange than a classic children’s book?

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Match book: Looking for beach books

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Short STack

‘The Tea Party in the Woods’ by Akiko Miyakoshi

Children who have clutched an adult leg only to look up into an unfamiliar face will recognize the shock of mistaken parent identity the girl feels.

Story Behind the Book

Old witch tales come to a boil in ‘Baba Yaga’s Assistant’

“I first encountered the stories of Baba Yaga as a child,” said author Marika McCoola, recalling the books her mother and grandmother read to her.

New england literary news

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/MabelA.jpg ‘My Island’ features images, words of young Maine islanders

Photographer Patrisha McLean began to take pictures of the young residents on the islands near Camden, Maine.

The Discovery

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/RadAmericanWomenHIA.jpg ‘Rad American Women A-Z’ by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

The women highlighted in the book span several centuries and a multitude of professions.

Greater Boston author readings Aug. 3-8

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Jill Talbot’s “The Way We Weren’t” recalls despairing times.

Book review

‘The Way We Weren’t’ by Jill Talbot

The allure of the memoir is a testament to Jill Talbot’s formidable talent. This was not an easy story to live.

Special section

summer arts preview

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Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

Book Club

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Match Book

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Seven books about...

The world-famous granite monoliths El Capitan (left) and Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.

Seven Books About...

The history of America’s national parks

I was naïve, it turns out, to think that national parks, those glorious emblems of America, sprang only from the better angels of our nature.