If you made $120 million, what would you do?

In an excerpt from Tracy Kidder’s forthcoming book, Internet entrepreneur Paul English decides how to spend a fortune.

What it takes to restore the puffin to Maine’s islands

A National Audubon Society project has restored these seabirds to islands off Maine. But could this good work be undone?

The “Trump Revealed” authors were aided by more than 20 reporters, three editors, and two fact checkers.

Book Review

New Trump biography offers complex look at man who would be president

“Trump Revealed’’ was written by two Washington Post journalists who spend a lot of time on Donald Trump’s business dealings.

Jessica Marie Palazzolo was cheered during the Fisherman’s Feast in 2012.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Arms-dealing bros and the Queen of Soul

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

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Short Stack

Back to school — from the building’s point of view

Nicole Lamy reviews Adam Rex and Christian Robinson’s “School’s First Day of School.”

First Person | Globe Magazine

The pet psychiatrist's ‘Aha’ moment

With a new book out about his work, Nicholas Dodman describes how he got into the field and why he treats more dogs than cats.

A history of artists, committed to steeping themselves in exotic locales and in otherness

The subjects of “The Glamour of Strangeness’’ were seekers, suffering from an existential kind of homelessness.

Luke Dittrich recalls grandfather’s role in lobotomy that yielded key insights, tragedy

A botched lobotomy left Henry Molaison with permanent damage but gave scientists clues into how memory works.


Greater Boston author readings Aug. 21-27

A weekly calendar of literary events and author appearances.

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The American Dream deferred in ‘Behold the Dreamers’

Imbolo Mbue follows the families of a Lehman Brothers executive and African immigrants trying to achieve the 21st-century American Dream.

A photograph from Don Krohn’s

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Twain prize and books on Cape and filmmaking

Look at “On Cape Cod’’ by Don Krohn, “The Strategic Producer’’ by Federico Arditti Muchnik, and T.C. Boyle winning the first Mark Twain.

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Shattering memoir of an unlikely love story, a tragic drowning, and disorienting aftermath

Decca Aitkenhead’s “All At Sea,’’ is not for the faint of heart.

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Psychologist on raising human beings

When solving a problem together, Ross Greene says, parents need to begin with empathy.


PhD thriller writer who loves true crime and sleazy Hollywood books

Megan Abbott has just published her eighth book, “You Will Know Me.’’

the discovery

Book helps you make your Ikea stuff your own

“Reinventing Ikea’’ offers instructions and lists of materials and tools for 70 customization projects.

Anita Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, pulled the trophy antlers out of her car trunk while returning them to the former home of writer Ernest Hemingway

The crazy story of how Hunter S. Thompson stole antlers from Ernest Hemingway’s home

And how they were just returned.


Book review

Richly drawn, darkly humorous characters inhabit grim thriller set in Ireland

Lisa McInerney’s debut, winner of the 2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is set in dark edges of recession-weary Cork.

Amy Schumer.

Five questions answered in Amy Schumer’s revealing new book

Amy Schumer landed between $8 million and $10 million for her new collection of essays, ‘‘The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,’’ released on Tuesday.

J.K Rowling has written three e-books that will be released on Sept. 6.

Rowling e-books about Hogwarts coming in September

“Harry Potter“ author J.K. Rowling has so much more to say about Hogwarts.

In her new book, Amy Schumer talks about how hard it was to tour promoting “Trainwreck.”

Amy Schumer’s terrible ‘Trainwreck’ press tour

In her new book, Schumer said “the slut-shaming was off the charts” while promoting her latest movie.

Books in Brief

Faking death and normalcy but loving chicken

Capsule reviews of “Playing Dead,’’ “One of These Things First,’’ and “Tastes Like Chicken’’

Match book: Adventuresome reader looking for authors who make their nonfiction hard to resist

Reader: Anonymous, Newton

book review

Ed Yong shows how we are all part of a system of microbes

The author of “I Contain Multitudes” nudges us toward an appreciation of how all species live in a world “smothered in” microbes.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad.”


The Weekender: Bowie, Buress, and the Olympic Games

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

Susan Faludi


Susan Faludi admits to a taste for dark humor of Eastern European literature

In her recently published memoir, “In the Darkroom” she tackles issues of identity, sexual, cultural, and familial. As she recounts in her book, Faludi got a phone call from her estranged father in 2004. He had become a woman.

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Eowyn Ivey’s saga unspools 19th century Alaskan military expedition and married couple

Pushing past conventional boundaries is the universal yearning that propels “The Bright Edge of the World.”

four takes

From political sop to No. 2 guy on top, changing role of vice president

Capsule review of “The American Vice Presidency’’; “The White House Vice Presidency’’; “Veeps’’; and “The American Vice Presidency”

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Nadja Spiegelman’s memoir explores fraught terrain of mothers and daughters

The daughter of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly focuses on her French mother and grandmother.

the story behind the book

Essay collection celebrates Mount Auburn Cemetery as a place of life

Kim Nagy and John Harrison bonded over their love for the cemetery wildlife that resulted in an illustrated anthology.

New England Literary News

Photo show recalls Frederick Douglass and book details singer’s childhood abuse

Taking a look at “Picturing Frederick Douglass’’ and “Dirt Roads & Diner Pie’’

The discovery

A guide to getting your writing into shape

Following the rules — such as using active verbs and concrete nouns — is good advice for most of us.

Greater Boston author readings Aug. 14-20

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Alison Gopnik

Book review

Alison Gopnik urges it’s better to cultivate than control children

Psychologist argues against the idea that good parents can mold children into successful adults.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman talks about treating the whole pet, physically and psychologically

The recently retired Tufts University professor and Animal Behavior Clinic program director has treated patients with autism, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome.

Book Review

Megan Abbott sets thriller in world of teen gymnasts

“You Know Me” follows chilling, frozen-hearted actions through a different side of sinister suburbia.

short stack

‘The Sound of Silence’ traces a boy’s listening tour of Tokyo

Katrina Goldsaito and Julia Kuo’s book provides meditative pleasures.

The One thing

Captioning childhood

A writer and photographer turn everyday moments into art

Victor Bevine read from “The Hooligan’s Return: A Memoir,” by Norman Mane, at Audible’s offices in Newark, N.J.

Interest in audiobooks and digital storytelling grows

The boom is the result of easier accessibility, lower pricing, and a wider embrace of digital audio storytelling.

book review

New ‘Harry Potter’ isn’t a book, but it still tells a story

So what exactly is inside “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the book that’s not a book.

Miss Conduct

Advice: Is it rude to ask friends to pay for my work?

A reader asks for help with the tricky task of selling one’s art to friends and family.


Finding the soul of America in Whitman

In her new book, Terry Tempest Williams explores our national parks.


Greater Boston author readings Aug. 7-13

A weekly calendar of literary events and author appearances.

Book Review

‘Scream’: It’s both the title and the reaction

The new memoir by Tama Janowitz is so absurd a reader would be forgiven for imagining the book is satire.

Discovery: “Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses” by Amy Whitaker

Examples of people who have brought an artist’s approach to business and an entrepreneurial mindset to art projects.

“Bear Island Light” by Louise Bourne from the coffee table book “Art of Acadia” by David and Carl Little.

new england literary news | jan gardner

New England literary news

Two new books mark the centennial of stirrings of Acadia National Park.

the story behind the book

Saga inspired by aunt who had something ‘wrong with her’

The main character of Brad Watson’s fourth book was inspired by a childhood memory.

Bright lights, big city, disappointing tale

Nostalgia isn’t much of a driving force for the making of a good book

A prickly, roaming mind on race, politics, terrorism, and photography

There’s almost no subject Teju Cole can’t come at from a startling angle

Bonds of Brooklyn

With “Another Brooklyn,” Jacqueline Woodson has delivered a love letter to loss, girlhood, and home.

Book Review

‘Underground Railroad’ — the new Oprah‘s Book Club book — is an important American novel

Colson Whitehead blends the savage realism of slavery and a surreal underground railroad, with human connection the light at the end of the tunnel.