‘The Daring Ladies of Lowell’ by Kate Alcott

Library of Congress

The novel’s “dramatic heart” is a real-life murder that occured in 1832 Fall River, raising issues about the role of young women in the industrial revolution.

the story behind the book

Kristie Macrakis explores secret messages, invisible ink

Macrakis tells the story of secret writing in her new book, “Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies.”

new england literary news

George Kovach’s culture of war

The Vietnam veteran’s annual magazine Consequence carries poetry, fiction, nonfiction, a portfolio of art by Khadim Ali.

“The Seeker” features a journal written by the narrator’s great-great-great-great aunt who claims to have lived at Walden Pond and been Thoreau’s lover.

on crime

Ghosts in the woods, sleuths in the city

Hallie Ephron reviews “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell, “The Seeker” by R. B. Chesterton, and “The Player” by Brad Parks.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings April 20-26

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Robert Coover lives near Brown University where he teaches.

Stew Milne for the boston globe

NEW ENGLAND WRITERS AT WORK

Robert Coover prefers to write in cafés — other countries

“The Origin of the Brunists” author lives next to Brown University, but he rarely writes in Providence.

book reviews

‘Flash Boys’ by Michael Lewis, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ by Thomas Piketty

Michael Washburn compares “Flash Boys” with the other big economics-related book of the spring, Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century.”

book review

‘Astonish Me’ by Maggie Shipstead

Shipstead’s elegant and forceful new novel swoops into an imagined American ballet world at its cultural peak.

book review

‘Living With a Wild God’ by Barbara Ehrenreich

The diary’s passionate search for understanding reads to Ehrenreich as a challenge from her younger self.

Globe e-book

E-book

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Download an updated version of the Globe series chronicling epic gridlock in the nation’s capital, and examining solutions to the country’s political quagmire.

New England literary news

new england literary news

George Kovach’s culture of war

The Vietnam veteran’s annual magazine Consequence carries poetry, fiction, nonfiction, a portfolio of art by Khadim Ali.

The discovery

the discovery

‘Talk Like TED’ by Carmine Gallo

The communications coach interviewed the most popular TED speakers and the leading persuasion and communication researchers to produce the book.

Seven books about...

seven books about . . .

The Boston Marathon bombings

Kathy Whittemore looks at books about the Boston Marathon bombings, including “Stronger” by Jeff Bauman.