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‘Lives in Ruins’ by Marilyn Johnson

Johnson’s globe-spanning new book is simultaneously a crash course in basic archeology.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/459267112.jpg Phil Klay wins National Book Award for fiction

Klay is an Iraq war veteran, and his collection of stories, “Redeployment,” won over works by high-profile finalists.

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‘The Wild Truth’ by Carine McCandless

McCandless shares the childhood traumas that complicate and inform her brother’s story while chronicling her own attempts to transcend a dysfunctional past.

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‘Isabella: The Warrior Queen’ by Kirstin Downey

Downey’s new biography focuses on Isabella of Castile, the “warrior queen” who guided the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula and launched the Spanish Inquisition.

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‘Let Me Be Frank With You’ by Richard Ford

Ford’s Frank Bascombe returns in novellas that explore the aging male mind.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Aimee%20van%20Drimmelen.jpg In Judy Chicurel’s debut, a small town girl in the 1970s

”If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go” explores the lives of a group of disenchanted high school graduates, friends, and families.

David R. Godine was photographed in his home library in Milton.

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Beyond sales, Boston publisher’s devotion speaks volumes

David Godine is known for his fastidiously assembled and designed books as well as his unorthodox approach.

Authors Dannielle Owens-Reid (far left) and Kristin Russo.

Tips for parents of LGBTQ kids

A new book by the founders of a website that tries to help LGBTQ kids offers advice to their moms and dads.

The story behind the book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/mitchellbooks.jpg US security contractors recount Benghazi attack

Mitchell Zuckoff is the author of “13 Hours,” a collaborative effort between Zuckoff and the men he calls the Annex Security Team.

Novelist Carolyn Chute on the porch in Maine where she does the bulk of her writing.

New England Writers at work

Carolyn Chute keeps distractions to a minimum

Chute’s fiction, most often compared to Faulkner and Dickens, concerns the lives of the rural poor.

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There’s death and disease in Lissa Warren’s new memoir

In “The Good Luck Cat: How a Cat Saved a Family, and a Family Saved a Cat,” a close-knit family turns darkness into light.

Bookings

Greater Boston author readings Nov. 16-22

A full listing of events this week.

Fall Book Preview

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In this fall’s stream of books there is something for everyone.

Fall Arts Preview

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Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.

New England literary news

Seven books about...

West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall on November 11, 1989 as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall.

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Tearing down the Berlin Wall

Remarkable books steeping in the dark history before that miraculous, shocking event, and the joy and dislocation after.