‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ by Colum McCann

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Of the themes that thread through some or all of these stories, violence doesn’t seem primary, yet it is undeniably present.

Book review

‘The Theater of War’ by Bryan Doerries

A new book by Doerries endorses Nietzsche’s notion: Those with the most experience of loss and anguish are best able to offer insights into ancient texts that dramatize such afflictions.


// ‘Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal’ by Jay Parini

Without attempting to whitewash his subject, Parini, who was friends with Vidal, remains intelligently critical throughout.


Bob Mankoff, New Yorker cartoon editor, wants to learn

He’s been the cartoon editor since 1997, the highs and lows of which he recounts in his recent memoir.

In brief: A look at four recent nonfiction titles

Capsule reviews of “The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse’’; “The Song Machine’’; “Here and There’’; and “Humans of New York.’’

The Discovery

‘Disrupt Yourself’ by Whitney Johnson

Johnson applies Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation to career development.

Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich’s books have been published in 19 countries.

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize in literature

Alexievich, 67, used the skills of a journalist to create literature chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse.



‘Reclaiming Conversation’ by Sherry Turkle

Is this reliance on smartphone technology damaging our humanity? MIT professor Turkle answers yes, emphatically.

the story behind the book

// Alva Noë on art, perception, and neuroscience

Noë is a professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley, specializing in, as he puts it, the place “where philosophy meets cognitive science or neuroscience.”

Book review

‘Strangers Drowning’ by Larissa MacFarquhar

“Strangers Drowning’’ offers portraits of a number of “do-gooders” and MacFarquhar often lets her subjects speak for themselves.

New England Literary News

// Christine Hadsel draws theater curtains in new book

Many of the hundreds of restored theater curtains are featured in Christine Hadsel’s new book.


//,204,203,200_.jpg After 10 years, a barely reimagined ‘Twilight’

The twist of this new version of the book? The genders of the characters have been swapped.


// The transgender experience

Including ‘Becoming a Visible Man,’ ‘The Testosterone Files,’ and ‘She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders.’


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 11-17

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

Book Club

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// Match Book: What to read next

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Seven books about...

seven books about ...

The Armenian genocide

Including “The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response” and “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide.”