A clear look at complex US economic problems in ‘5 Easy Theses’

In his new book “5 Easy Theses,” James M. Stone takes on a bunch of very economic challenges all at once.

The crowd at City Hall Plaza at Boston Calling, May 2015.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Roots,’ and glow sword wars

Here’s everything fun to do around Boston on this Memorial Day weekend.

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Richard Russo revisits quirky North Bath in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

In “Everybody’s Fool,” the author takes us on a buoyantly unsentimental journey back to the fictionalized community from his 1993 novel “Nobody’s Fool.”

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Partisan politics may be price we pay for egalitarian society

In “The Politicians and the Egalitarians,’’ historian Sean Wilentz argues that the clash of political parties is essential to social progress.

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Local bestsellers

A list of the top sellers in fiction and nonfiction from local independent bookstores.

the story behind the book

Comedian Negin Farsad on “How to Make White People Laugh”

Negin Farsad says that the title for her book came from the fact that, as an American comedian, she has spent her whole career rying to figure out how to make white people laugh.

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A young mother, who hears voices, flees her threatening, unfaithful husband

The best genre designation for “Sweet Lamb of Heaven” might be metaphysical thriller.

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Convergence of white and black families, history and slavery at horse farm

“The Sport of Kings’’ is a novel about breeding Kentucky livestock, both animal and human.

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Pieces for all occasions by Neil Gaiman

The prolific fantasist is your go-to guy for all manner of occasions.

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Artist Paul Laffoley’s “The City Can Change Your Life.”

New England literary news

New essay collections shine a light on the lives of two women: a child of the ’60s and one who finds love in her 60s after 25 years of singlehood.

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Greater Boston author readings May 29-June 4

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events

bibliophiles

Frans de Waal: Speed-reads for work but savors for pleasure

Famed primatologist and biologist Frans de Waal has spent his career studying chimpanzee behavior.

the discovery

Saving a taste of summer for darker months

Home canning is a low-cost way to preserve a taste of summer.

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Coming of age in a high-end New York restaurant

“Sweetbitter” is a small, flawless miracle, the rare much-hyped book that lives up to its billing.

Author Stephen King in 2013.

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Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ coming to the small screen

Maine author and super Red Sox fan Stephen King is teaming up with Belmont-bred showrunner David E. Kelley for “Mr. Mercedes.”

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The new Captain America, a member of Hydra?

Two words no one ever expected Captain America to say? “Hail Hydra.”

The Old Bags Project spotlights the insidiousness of ageism

The project is simple and striking: photographs of women in their underwear with shopping bags over their heads, commenting on their experiences of midlife.

The wisdom of the ages

Quotes from the book “Old Bags Taking a Stand.”

Above: The names and locations of the 25 gates that surround Harvard Yard.

The gates of Harvard Yard

“I want people to stop and notice the gates because they’re beautiful,” says Blair Kamin, who edited the new book “Gates of Harvard Yard.”

Juan Villoro’s essays mine the psychological and emotional depths of what soccer represents. Mexico’s Toluca fans and players (above) cheered after scoring on an Argentine team.

Books In Brief | Kate Tuttle

Insights on soccer, bridge, and feminism

Capsule reviews of three recent nonfiction titles: “God Is Round,” “The Bridge Ladies,” and “We Were Feminists Once.”

“A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson.

Match book: Graduating to classic fiction

A reader from North Andover seeks tips on what to get his nephew, who recently graduated from college.

An image from “The Airport Book.”

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Imagination takes flight in Lisa Brown’s ‘The Airport Book’

Nicole Lamy reviews the children’s picture book.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings May 22-28

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

the discovery

Telling a story with charts in ‘Good Charts’

The Excel spreadsheet can’t compete with the appeal of a well-designed chart.

Rosalyn Drexler’s “Lovers.” Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum is holding a retrospective of Drexler’s work.

new england literary news

Studying up on the works of Rosalyn Drexler

Check out an exhibit in pictures and words on Drexler and get an update on this season’s book award winners.

the story behind the book

Cass Sunstein on ‘The World According to Star Wars’

Professor’s latest book is a wide-ranging and intimate look at the “Star Wars’’ movies and their impact on society.

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Pinning down the Bard

Capsule reviews of “Shakespeare: The World as Stage”; “Shakespeare: the Biography’’; “Shakespeare the Thinker.’’

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A portrait of friends under surveillance in ‘The Fox Was Ever the Hunter’

“The Fox Was Ever the Hunter” traces the lives of a handful of schoolteachers and factory workers in the last days of Nicolae Ceauşescu’s brutal Romanian regime.

bibliophiles

Adam Haslett is looking for funny novels and short ones

Adam Haslett, who lived in Wellesley for a while as a child, published his second novel this spring, “Imagine Me Gone.” We ask him about his reading habits.

Demi Remick danced during Somerville Porchfest 2011.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Buddy movies, thumb wars, and LBJ

The Globe’s top picks for things to do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Book Review

‘The Seed Collectors' is an offbeat family comedy with a dark edge

It’s a weird, wonderful, and often wickedly funny family mini-saga from Scarlett Thomas.

ACTON

Acton libraries to hold book sale

Thousands of books for children and adults will be on sale June 4 and 5.

Moby's new memoir, “Porcelain.”

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Moby will be at Brookline Booksmith

Moby is coming to town to promote his new book, “Porcelain: A Memoir.”

Han Kang (right) with translator Deborah Smith in London.

Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’ wins Man Booker International Prize

The South Korean author was honored for her unsettling novel about a woman whose decision to stop eating meat has devastating consequences.

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A boy searching for a better nickname in ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’

A review of the new picture book.

Rivka Galchen offers an intimate and detached rumination on babies and life in “Little Labors.”

Book Review

A short, peculiar, astonishing book about babies

“Little Labors’’ isn’t a novel, nor a memoir, nor exactly is it an essay. It is more a wunderkabinett of baby-related curios.

“Primary Colors,” by Anonymous, later revealed to be Joe Klein.

Match book: Student wants something that makes the grade

A Boston student wants to discover some summer reading material.

Eugene O’Neill (left) and John Reed.

Summer Arts Preview

Looking at the beginnings of bohemian P-town

A show at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum looks at the town 100 years ago.

George Clooney (center) stars in “Money Monster.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Clooney, kites, and the return of ‘Riverdance’

The Globe’s top picks for what to see and do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

“Ground Water” by Charles Watkins.

New England literary news

A look at the limited edition works of “For One Boston’’ and BU’s Christopher Ricks is honored for his T.S. Eliot scholarship.

book review

The molecular me, tracing the history of the gene

In “The Gene: An Intimate History,” Siddhartha Mukherjee ponders the thorny problems of inheritance, nurture, fate, and chance.

bibliophiles

Moby finds inspiration in Cheever for memoir

It turns out legendary author Herman Melville lent more than a nickname to his distant musician relative. Moby, now an author, will read from his memoir Friday.

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On the hunt for world’s longest manuscript

Historian Jill Lepore reinvestigates whether Joe Gould’s “The Oral History” survives to this day.

the story behind the book

Dave Hill on comedy, rock, and writing books

Dave Hill will read from “Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” May 19 at UForge Gallery

bookings

Greater Boston author readings May 15-21

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

The discovery

‘Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems’

Decades after Nobel poet Pablo Neruda’s death up pops a new book of his poems.

Twins David and Denise Miscavige on their second birthday.

Book Review

A father’s look at his son, the leader of Scientology

Ron Miscavige’s memoir offers a unique perspective on the evolution of the Church of Scientology’s controversial leader, Miscavige’s son David.

George R.R. Martin attends the

George R.R. Martin releases new(ish) chapter

These are not the spoilers you’re looking for . . . But they will help tide you over until the next book.

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Over hours of childbirth, stories unfold of pregnant nurse and her patient in labor

The structure of Pamela Erens’s third novel, “Eleven Hours,’’ mirrors childbirth itself.

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A tear in the fabric of life in Louise Erdrich’s ‘LaRose’

In a remarkable new novel, to compensate couple for accidental killing of child, a family racked with guilty offers them their own.