Book Review

‘Horrorstör’ by Grady Hendrix

Hendrix updates the concept of using horror films to satirize consumer culture in his mash-up, paranormal novel.

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‘Possibilities’ by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey

Herbie Hancock’s memoir spans the jazz legend’s life and career from the beginning to the present.

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‘Thrown’ by Kerry Howley

Howley’s book is a fresh, funny, and highly cerebral treatise on the philosophical merits of cage fighting.

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// ‘America’s Founding Fruit’ by Susan Playfair

In her new book, Playfair describes the life of the cranberry, including its harvesting.

Walter Isaacson tells hundreds of stories of inventors and their discoveries.

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‘The Innovators’ by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson offers an encyclopedic account of the breakthroughs that made modern computers and networks possible.

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// ‘Lincoln and the Power of the Press’ and ‘Founders’ Son’

The books by Harold Holzer and Richard Brookhiser plow new ground about a man who used reading to escape the circumstances of his childhood.

new england literary news | jan gardner

// Extinct American birds memorialized in ‘The Lost Bird Project’

A documentary of the same title will be screened at Harvard Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Champions of the printed word

The Boston Book Festival is expected to draw 25,000 people, suggesting the world of analog books isn’t going to evaporate.

Chilean miner Mario Sepúlveda (in the beige and green suit) celebrated being rescued on Oct. 13, 2010, after he spent 10 weeks trapped underground.

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‘Deep Down Dark’ by Héctor Tobar

Disaster stories compel us because we can experience at a safe distance ordeals that test humans to their limits.

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‘Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson

The third book in what has already become a classic series, “Lila” is altogether different.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

George Clinton recalls funky trips to Boston

The legendary Dr. Funkenstein may be half a century into his musical career, but he isn’t hanging it up just yet.

in brief | kate tuttle

Capsule reviews of ‘Wilde in America’ and more

Kate Tuttle reviews four recent nonfiction titles.

new england writers at work

// Jodi Picoult’s office: An attic with a giant desk

Picoult, who has published a book almost every year since 1992, works in the attic room of a farmhouse in northern New Hampshire.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 19-25

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

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.

Seven books about...

Idina Menzel performing the role of Elphaba in “Wicked,” based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

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Minoring in literature

Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked” is part of a recent boom of books in which a minor character, from a major work, finally gets their say.