Book Review

‘Wayfaring Stranger’ by James Lee Burke

Author James Lee Burke, himself the descendant of Texas lawmen, uses his family as the basis for his latest protagonist, leaving the detective genre for a tale exploring the very idea of sin.

Frank Veronsky

In his dense new novel, Burke, author of 20 Dave Robicheaux mysteries and numerous other works, explores the very idea of sin.

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‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!’ is a book you can dance to

What to make of a book that sets out to deconstruct the entire genre of pop music? That’s the question at hand in Bob Stanley’s delightful new work.

A history of pop music in 20 songs

An aural tour to accompany Bob Stanley’s new book, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”.

Above: Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting “Aunt Ella Takes a Trip.”

new england literary news

Norman Rockwell as ‘American Mirror’

Deborah Solomon calls Rockwell the nation’s unofficial “artist in chief” in “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.”

bookings

Greater Boston author readings July 27-Aug. 2

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Book Review

‘Suspicious Minds’ by Joel Gold and Ian Gold

The book details the rising incidence of “the Truman Show delusion”: the belief that one is the unwilling star of his own reality show.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/landofloveanddrowning.jpg ‘Land of Love and Drowning’ by Tiphanie Yanique

Yanique succeeds in evoking the panorama of the Virgin Islands in a voice all her own.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/philby3.jpg ‘A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal’ by Ben Macintyre

“A Spy Among Friends” is a potent study in the psychology of tight bonds between species of a certain class.

the story behind the book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/StrempekShea-color.jpg Suzanne Strempek Shea’s ‘This Is Paradise’

Shea met Mags Riordan 10 years ago at the Big E and turned Riordan’s story into a book.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/gordimer2.jpg A tribute to Nadine Gordimer

Gordimer was made of steel. A white South African, she wrote of the black experience under apartheid.

Book REview

‘If it is Your Life’ by James Kelman

The feisty and poetic new collection of short stories is from the Booker-Prize winning Scottish writer.

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/08/01/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/cavanaugh_07ohara5_g.jpg ‘Cascade’ talk with readers

Books editor Nicole Lamy and author Maryanne O’Hara were online to chat about the book. Catch up here.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

New England literary news

Above: Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting “Aunt Ella Takes a Trip.”

new england literary news

Norman Rockwell as ‘American Mirror’

Deborah Solomon calls Rockwell the nation’s unofficial “artist in chief” in “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.”

Ideas

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/boston-skyline150-848.jpg Olympic dreams: How Boston was shaped by the trophies it didn’t win

The city tried and failed to host the 1980 alterna-Olympics, the 1976 World Expo, and NASA Mission Control. They ended up changing the landscape anyway.

Magazine

The cover for the July 27 2014 issue

The cover for the July 20 2014 issue

The cover for the July 13 2014 issue

The cover for the June 29 2014 issue