Book review

Peck weighs AIDS effect on gay community, nation

“Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS,” the memoir of Dale Peck, charts the mulitfarious writer and critic’s course through his early 20s in the early ’90s.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/I%20Refuse.jpg ‘I Refuse’ by Per Petterson

There are certain things to expect when reading a Per Petterson novel — a nostalgic yearning for childhood, for instance — and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Big Shot

‘The Eternal Letter,’ edited by Paul Shaw

The Roman capital has been revised, altered, and adapted countless times throughout its long history.

What to read next

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I used to read nonfiction before bed, but now the minute my head hits the pillow, I’m asleep.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/tsarnaevILLO.jpg ‘The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy’ by Masha Gessen

The deeply engrossing book is essential to our understanding of how the heartbreak here in Boston fits into the endless heartache of the world.

The story behind the book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Nicholas.jpg Nicholas Kristof’s ‘A Path Appears’

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn wrote about organizations and individuals battling social ills, then highlighting ways for readers to help.

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Elizabeth Bishop poetry speaks to modern women, old times

Four years after Bishop’s centenary, there’s another wave of interest in the poet that seems to be cresting.

BOOK REVIEW

‘The Dream Lover’ by Elizabeth Berg

The new novel offers a provocative and dazzling portrait of the complicated, grand, tortured, and hugely successful life of Aurore Dupin.

Short Stack

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/9780399256714_large_Tad_and_Dad.jpg Daydreams and night dreams

Reviews of “The World in a Second” by Isabel Minhós Martins, and “Tad and Dad” by David Ezra Stein.

Bodies await burial in front of Dunker Church at Antietam, Maryland, in 1862 during the American Civil War.

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‘The War that Forged a Nation’ by James M. McPherson

McPherson argues that many of the issues over which the Civil War was fought still resonate today.

A scene from “Troublesome Sows” in “Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750” edited by Jason Rodriguez.

New England Literary News

History lessons through comics

Historians and comics artists who joined forces to publish an anthology of 20 little-known stories about our nation’s past, each told in graphic-novel format.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings April 12-18

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/grief-3831.jpg The Globe Book Club’s latest pick is ‘The Grief of Others’

Leah Hager Cohen’s powerful, deeply affecting novel is now a movie, directed by Patrick Wang.

Match Book

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New England literary news

A scene from “Troublesome Sows” in “Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750” edited by Jason Rodriguez.

New England Literary News

History lessons through comics

Historians and comics artists who joined forces to publish an anthology of 20 little-known stories about our nation’s past, each told in graphic-novel format.

The discovery

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Musicians’ memoirs

Keith Richards’s “Life,’’ Darlene Love’s “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” and more.