Book Review

‘The Small Backs of Children’ by Lidia Yuknavitch

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The female body is omnipresent in “The Small Backs of Children,’’ an intensely corporal, potently feminist, tenaciously written work.

Bibliophiles

Charlotte Gordon, author of ‘Romantic Outlaws’

Gordon talks about the books she read to research her biography of Mary Wollenstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley.

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‘Bradstreet Gate’ by Robin Kirman

In “Bradstreet Gate,” three Harvard friends from the class of 1997 confront the emotional aftermath of an unsolved college murder.

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‘Unfair’ by Adam Benforado

“Unfair,” jurors routinely disregard scientific evidence that conflicts with their pre-determined beliefs.

Jessamyn Hope’s debut novel “Safekeeping” revolves around a man’s quest to return a brooch to his grandfather’s lost love.

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‘Safekeeping: A Novel’ by Jessamyn Hope

“Safekeeping’’ is Hope’s luminous, irreverent, and ambitious first novel.

Scott Hawkins’s greatest strength is his imagination.

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‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

In “The Library at Mount Char,” Hawkins creates an engrossing fantasy world, but struggles when trying to interweave it with reality.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings July 6-10

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

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the story behind the book

‘The Soul of the Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery

Montgomery has written 19 previous books about animals, but for her latest, she found herself researching an entirely new phylum.

for young adults

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/game-of-love-and-death.jpg YA titles that offer some serious summer fun

It’s possible for summer reading to be entertaining without being fluffy and complex without feeling like homework.

in brief

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/bookcover2.jpg Four new nonfiction books

“Behind the Mask,” “How Did I Get Here?,” “One Righteous Man,” and “As If !.”

New England Literary News

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/McKimbuildingconstructionAA.jpg The importance of libraries

Author John Palfrey says the digital age is presenting libraries with knotty challenges.

the discovery

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WhatsYourStoryhccA.jpg ‘What’s Your Story?’ by Brandon Doman

Like Studs Terkel before him, Brooklyn resident Brandon Doman has a knack for getting people to open up about their lives.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/30/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/06292008_29goahA1-6740247.jpg The Tanglewood music festival

I love a good headline as much as anyone, and here’s a peach from the Associated Press: “Dowagers Thumb Ride to Symphonic Concert.”

Special section

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Sandcastle%20fin2_150-3748.jpg The best of upcoming arts events

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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Have a book problem? We have the solution.

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The Tanglewood music festival

I love a good headline as much as anyone, and here’s a peach from the Associated Press: “Dowagers Thumb Ride to Symphonic Concert.”