The dark story behind Hemingway’s ‘Sun’

“Everybody Behaves Badly” argues that the classic “The Sun Also Rises” is a memoir that Hemingway wrote to settle old grudges.

New J.K. Rowling story set in Massachusetts

Have you ever thought to yourself, the Harry Potter series is great, but it would be so much better if it were set in Massachusetts? If so, it’s your lucky day.

Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Reversing course, ‘Mein Kampf’ publisher will support Holocaust survivors

In the end, Adolf Hitler’s tome of hate will bend to an act of love.

The quintessential summer reading guide

Check out 74 of the best books you could read on your summer travels (or while just staying home).

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Impressions of island life from Childe Hassam

The Dorchester-born Impressionist painter Childe Hassam spent almost every summer on Appledore, an island about six miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

the story behind the book

Raúl Gonzalez: learning his art at 7-11

Gonzalez will read and draw at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Square books.

the discovery

‘Senior Dogs Across America’ by Nancy LeVine

These dog portraits convey a sense of place and the dog’s character.


Greater Boston author appearances July 3-9

Weekly calendar of literary events.

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A witty, troubled teen embraces justice through arson

Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why’’ shows that to deeply inhabit a character’s perspective and voice can be rigorous experimentation.

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Add these to your summer reading list

Chelsey Philpot suggests 11 recent young-adult titles for your summer reading enjoyment.


Judy Blume

Judy Blume says her newest adult novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” is probably her last.

President Bush delivering the State of the Union in 2007.

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A harsh critique of the presidency of George W. Bush

In “Bush,” biographer Jean Edward Smith’s tone is so critical that it often clouds an otherwise carefully researched portrait.

Robert Kennedy visiting with Mississippi residents in 1967.

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Tracing RFK’S evolution from ‘cold warrior to hot-blooded liberal’

In “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon,” Larry Tye sets as his goal not a definitive account but an interpretive one.

Fourth of July fireworks over the Charles River in 2014.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Fireworks, Dylan, and a friendly giant

Everything fun to do around Boston over the Fourth of July weekend.

American futurist and writer Alvin Toffler kisses his wife Heidi after a news conferrence in Bombay Jan 24, 2002. Toffler delivered a keynote address at Docuworld India 2002. Toffler spoke on curbing global terorrism and poverty. (AP Photo/str)

Alvin Toffler, 87; his ‘Future Shock’ provided prescient glimpse forward

The celebrated author published predictions about culture, family, government, and the economy that were remarkably accurate.

J.K. Rowling draws on real Mass. history for new wizardry tale

The back story of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s latest saga is imbued with real-life figures in Massachusetts history.

J.K. Rowling unveils another school of magic -- in the Berkshires

From the Berkshires to Boston, the muggle world welcomed the revelation Tuesday that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling had chosen Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak, as the site of an ultrasecretive school of magic.

Author John Gregory Brown is a New Orleans native.

Book Review

Katrina refugee has lost everything, including his mind

“A Thousand Mile From Nowhere” is a tale of redemption that turns out to be believably prosaic and incredibly, quietly moving.

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‘Daytime Visions’ tells stories one letter at a time

Nicole Lamy looks at Argentine author Isol’s new picture book.


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‘The Elephant in the Room’

Author and illustrator Jack Bender offers a mix of life’s dark realities and the drive to overcome.

Florence Stewart at Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care in 2015.


On the catwalk to support BMC

Boston Medical Center’s fashion show raises money for services such as acupuncture and massage.

the story behind the book

Bronwen Dickey on why we’re so afraid of pit bulls

Our fears are fueled by unreliable bite statistics and a vague definition of what a pit bull is.


Greater Boston author readings June 26-July 2

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

An illustration by Robert McCloskey from “Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man.”

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Make way for McCloskey

The Eric Carle Museum is presenting a show honoring Robert McCloskey. Also, a panel talk on Thoreau and Russell Banks launches his new book.

Book Review

Slave trade helped build early New England economy

In “New England Bound,” Wendy Warren, a Yale history professor, shows how the region’s early growth sprang from tainted commerce.

“Salvage the Bones,” by Jesmyn Ward.

What to read next

Match book: Seeking titles that explore the African-American female experience

Recommendations for a reader who loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah.”

Excerpt from ‘The Hero’s Body’ by William Giraldi

An excerpt from William Giraldi’s memoir.

William Giraldi at his home in Cambridge.

Inside a man’s world, in Manville

Boston writer and editor William Giraldi reflects on the impact of his father’s accidental death in his memoir, “The Hero’s Body.”

“Lion Lessons,” by Jon Agee.

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A kid who learns to roar

“Lion Lessons” tells the story of a boy being trained in the lion arts.

Books in Brief

Moving forward toward a better self

Capsule reviews of “Falling,’’ “The Maximum Security Book Club,’’ and “Face Value.”

Mark your Calendar

From boxing to dancing on stage in Marblehead

Marblehead Little Theatre presents “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, June 24, through July 3.

Rhoda Blumberg, 98; wrote children’s books that bought history to life

Mrs. Blumberg began writing historical books for children in her mid-50s, producing more than two dozen over three decades.

Clara Bingham

The Story behind the book

Clara Bingham on “Witness to the Revolution”

Bingham approached the book as oral history, interviewing dozens of antiwar activists.

Entertaining, insightful and annoying tale of wealthy couple’s fall from grace

For maddeningly long stretches, the novel gets under your skin in ways it doesn’t intend.

Four Takes

Seaworthy fish tales

Four books on commercial fishing

Anne Tyler offers light, frothy update of ‘Taming of Shrew’

Anne Tyler’s 21st novel is a light, frothy comedy compared to the rugged farce of her muse, Shakespeare.

The Discovery

A look inside the megahit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’

The book contains the libretto, photographs, essays with behind-the-scenes stories.


Greater Boston author readings

Weekly calendar of literary events for June 19-25

Historian Nancy Isenberg says that the notion that some groups were inherently destined to be poor, lazy, and otherwise inferior — beliefs that historically were accepted in Britain — was brought here by colonial interests. Over the ensuing four centuries it took root and became part of the American story, from the Civil War in the 19th century, to interest in eugenics in the 20th, race relations throughout, and even contemporary American popular culture.

By Michael Washburn | Globe correspondent

Debunking our cultural myths by tracing class in America

The book questions whether the United States is indeed a place where all are created equal.

Movie Review

In ‘Genius,’ great writing comes with bromance

Book editors get their big-screen due in this dramatic depiction of the close working relationship between Max Perkins and Thomas Wolfe.

Denis Boyles offers a surfeit of information on the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Book Review

An encyclopedic biography of the iconic reference work

The famed 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was a product of the reference book’s golden age.

Annie Proulx.

Annie Proulx on how Americans change and are changed by land

In many ways “Barksins” is the masterpiece Proulx was meant to write.

Sebastian Junger


Sebastian Junger: Wants to be surrounded by his reading

Sebastian Junger’s interest in how societies work shows up in his new book “Tribe”

Michael Harvey’s latest book is titled “Brighton.”

New England Literary news

‘How to Cook a Moose’ among Maine’s best

This year’s crop of books honored with Maine Literary Awards are richly diverse.

Ben Lerner.

Book Review

Seeing failure unfurling in ‘The Hatred of Poetry’

Ben Lerner’s book examines the curious case of poetry, a genre reviled from within and without.

“Frank and Lucky Get Schooled,” by Lynne Rae Perkins.

Short Stack

Learning together in the wild

Lynne Rae Perkins’s new book depicts a boy and his adopted dog learning through the world around them.

“A Gate at the Stairs,” by Lorrie Moore.

Match book: Trying to get a read on new opportunities

A mom seeks book ideas for her daughter, a recent college graduate having a hard time finding a job that will pay her bills.

Ms. Ward (second from left) posed with fellow National Book Award winners John Updike (left) and John Crowe Ransom, and Nashville Banner book page editor Mary Douglas.

Aileen Ward, 97, scholar gained fame with Keats biography

Ms. Ward’s sympathetic, insightful biography of the Romantic poet won the National Book Award in 1964.

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Murderous Manson Family, from the perspective of the girls

“The Girls,” Emma Cline’s debut novel, is an astonishing work of imagination — remarkably atmospheric, preternaturally intelligent, and brutally feminist.