book review

‘Hammer Head’ by Nina MacLaughlin

ALEX NABAUM FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Hammer Head” is Nina MacLaughlin’s journey from frustrated journalist to contented carpenter.

Book review

‘At the Water’s Edge’ by Sara Gruen

Gruen is at the top of her narrative form in this latest book.

Murton Millen, Irving Millen, and Abraham Faber in April 1934 at the start of their eight-week trial.

new england literary news

A PEN/Hemingway for Hemenway

“Elegy on Kinderklavier” by Arna Bontemps Hemenway has won the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award for a distinguished first book of fiction.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings March 29 - April 4

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Environment, history are his topics

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/465305944.jpg Bibliophiles: Philip Glass

An interview with Philip Glass, who has come as close to becoming a household name as any modern American composer can.

book review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/On%20the%20Terrace%20Steps%20at%20Faringdon.jpg ‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me’ by Sofka Zinovieff

In her delicious family history, Zinovieff has collected heaps of anecdotes from a bygone era when shameless hedonism reigned.

in brief

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ALL%20WHO%20GO%20DO%20NOT%20RETURN.jpg Four new nonfiction books

”What Comes Next and How to Like It” by Abigail Thomas, “All Who Go Do Not Return” by Shulem Deen, “Rust” by Jonathan Waldman, and “Bookmarked” by Wendy W. Fairey.

the discovery

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/9780262527132A[1].jpg Umberto Eco’s ‘How to Write a Thesis’

MIT Press comes out with an English translation of the classic nearly four decades after it was first published in Italy.

seven books about . . .

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/29sevenbooks.jpg Gardening

“Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries,” “Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener,” “Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden,” “My Garden (Book),” “Onward and Upward in the Garden,” “The Writer in the Garden,” and “Our Life in Gardens.”

Book Club

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/grief-3831.jpg The Globe Book Club’s latest pick is ‘The Grief of Others’

Leah Hager Cohen’s powerful, deeply affecting novel is now a movie, directed by Patrick Wang.

New England literary news

Murton Millen, Irving Millen, and Abraham Faber in April 1934 at the start of their eight-week trial.

new england literary news

A PEN/Hemingway for Hemenway

“Elegy on Kinderklavier” by Arna Bontemps Hemenway has won the 2015 PEN/Hemingway Award for a distinguished first book of fiction.

Seven books about...

The assassination of Julius Caesar.

Seven books about

Assassinations

Capsule reviews of “The Death of Caesar” by Barry Strauss; “Murdering McKinley” by Eric Rauchway; Nora Titone’s “My Thoughts Be Bloody”; “Assassination Vacation” by Sarah Vowell; Gerald Posner’s “Case Closed”; “Hellhound on His Trail” by Hampton Sides; “Countown to Valkyrie” by Nigel Jones.