Book Review

‘John Singer Sargent and His Muse’ by Karen Corsano and Daniel Williman

Sargent’s niece Rose-Marie is in the background of his “Simplon Pass: Reading.”

Museum of Fine Arts

The book intricately pieces together the stories of the painter, his beloved if ill-fated niece and model, and her doomed husband.

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// ‘A Path Appears’ by Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, married journalists make a case for the power of doing good in their well-thought-out book.

the story behind the book

// Lauren Beukes and life’s ‘Broken’ pieces

A native of Johannesburg, Beukes has now set two novels in American cities.

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// Art objects at Fruitlands Museum

Henry David Thoreau’s desk is among the most striking artifacts in “100 Objects 100 Stories 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum.”

Author Gregory Maguire fills his study with items that put him in the mood to write.

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new england writers at work

Gregory Maguire writes and edits for kids

The “Wicked” author lives with his husband and children in Concord.


Greater Boston author readings Sept. 21-27

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Robert Peace (third from left) and author Jeff Hobbs (with his hand on Peace’s shoulder) in 2005.

Book review

‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace’ by Jeff Hobbs

As its title indicates, Hobbs provides no happy ending.

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‘Rebel Souls’ by Justin Martin

In this enjoyable romp, the biographer brings Walt Whitman’s pals at Pfaff wonderfully to life.

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‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan

The novel manages to be highly subtle and page-turningly dramatic at once.

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‘Stone Mattress’ by Margaret Atwood

Predictably amazing, this collection illustrates why Atwood is a fan favorite as well as a critic’s dream.

Fall Book Preview

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// What do you like to read?

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

Fall Arts Preview

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// Fall arts offerings

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

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

// Talk ‘Cascade’ Friday at 11

Books editor Nicole Lamy, author Maryanne O’Hara, and Michael Volmar, chief curator of the Fruitlands Museum, take questions.

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