Book Review

‘Powers of Two’ by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Wolf Shenk tears down what he calls the myth of the lone genius, arguing that innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/MaryGordonupdatedauthorphoto.jpg ‘The Liar’s Wife’ by Mary Gordon

What the four novellas share is a certain temperament, a sense that the narrators have somehow failed or disappointed their mentors and that they are little, timid creatures.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/cmyk_Doctored%20The%20Disillusionment%20of%20the%20American%20Doctor_Boston%20Globe_Bongiorni2014.jpg ‘Doctored’ by Sandeep Jauhar

The cardiologist’s second memoir diagnoses the pressures that come with being a physician in today’s high-stakes world of medicine.

the story behind the book

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/miller-color.jpg Beer nut Norman Miller on Boston brews

The author of “The Beer Nut” column has poured his accumulated knowledge about local brews into a new book, “Boston Beer.”

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‘Lisette’s List’ by Susan Vreeland

Color, artistic creativity, and the transformative power of art inform the latest novel about art and artists by Vreeland.

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‘The Blue Buick’ by B.H. Fairchild

Not since James Wright’s poems of the 1950s Midwest has so much beauty been yoked out of heavy machinery.

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‘Tomlinson Hill’ by Chris Tomlinson

The relationship of former NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson is masterfully stitched together with Chris Tomlinson’s own heritage.

Tony Earley’s first book in several years presents stories with a tremendous command of the places in which they are set.

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BOOK REVIEW

‘Mr. Tall’ by Tony Earley

In “Mr. Tall,” the author shows worlds divided, upended, and in some cases completely broken apart. And yet the stories never lose their unearthly grace and calm.

new england literary news

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/FIREFLYJULY_6-7.jpg 2014 New England Books Award winners

Lily King’s “Euphoria,” inspired by the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, has won the 2014 New England Book Award for fiction.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings Aug. 24-30

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

new england writers at work

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/kreiter_millman2_g.jpg Millman’s apartment is lined with trinkets from travels

Lawrence Millman has written 16 books, some of which have taken him far afield from his small studio apartment in Cambridge.

Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball, pitches for the Yankees in a game against Tampa Bay in September of his final season.

on sports

‘Tiger, Meet My Sister,’ ‘The Reappearing Act,’ and ‘The Closer’

Bill Littlefield reviews several sports titles.

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/25/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/ohara.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

new england literary news

2014 New England Books Award winners

Lily King’s “Euphoria,” inspired by the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead, has won the 2014 New England Book Award for fiction.

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