An outsider exposes damaging truth in ‘Concussion’

Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of “Concussion.”

Scott Goldsmith

Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas believes that Dr. Bennet Omalu’s outsider status helped him pursue a truth the NFL was slow to acknowledge.

// Peter Guralnick talks ‘Sam Phillips’

A new biography of Sam Phillips explores the man behind Sun Records, who was the first to record Elvis Presley and other greats.

Book review

// ‘Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape,’ by Lauret Savoy

Lauret Savoy, a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, brings us a thoughtful collection of essays.

Short Stack

// ‘The Tiger Who Would Be King,’ by James Thurber

How do you explain violence and war to children? When facts fail to comfort or adequately explain, there’s always fiction.

// Match book

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Book review

‘A Wild Swan: And Other Tales’ by Michael Cunningham

Content with invoking a single fairy tale in his previous novel, Cunningham rewrites a batch of them in his new book, to entertaining and ultimately moving effect.


// What is B.A. Shapiro reading?

Best-selling author B.A. Shapiro’s job is writing novels. Her hobby, she says, is reading them.

Book review

‘The Death of Cancer’ by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

In this fascinating new memoir, DeVita argues that while we’re finally winning the “war on cancer.”

Book review

// ‘The Japanese Lover’ by Isabel Allende

“The Japanese Lover” foregrounds two women in a skillfully constructed nonlinear narrative about families devastated by historical trauma.

Book review

// ‘To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949’ by Ian Kershaw

Kershaw argues that it was an era in which Europe “carried out two world wars, threatened the very foundations of civilization, and seemed hell bent on self-destruction.’’

The Story Behind the Book | Kate Tuttle

// Savage’s ‘Power Wars’ turns the light on Obama’s foreign policy

One of Charlie Savage’s most surprising findings involves how the president has continued some of the Bush policies that so angered critics of that administration.

// New England literary news

Norman Bridwell was a struggling artist in the 1960s when a picture book he wrote and illustrated was plucked from the slush pile at Scholastic Books.

The Discovery

‘Coloring the Universe’

Travis A. Rector and co-authors Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke discuss the mechanics, ethics, and aesthetics of images that shape our understanding of the world beyond earth.

For young adults

Capsule reviews of “Juniors,” “Whippoorwill,” “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

Carly Simon’s memoir “Boys in the Trees” offers insights into her hit songs and more.

Julia Cumes/ap file photo 2014

Music gift guide

Books by and about musicians

A look at some music-related tomes that would make good gifts, including “Boys in the Trees” by Carly Simon.

address gift guide

// Home design books to gift

From the family functional to bohemian best, books to delight the remodeler on your list.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 30-Dec. 5

Readings and appearances in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

// Local bestsellers

A look at what’s flying off the shelves.

// Good audiobooks for Thanksgiving travel

John Malkovich can read you Kurt Vonnegut’s satire of Nixon-era America, “Breakfast of Champions,” while you drive to grandma’s.

Book review

‘Boys in the Trees’ by Carly Simon

Though she was one of the true “it” girls of the 1970s, Simon has been grappling with self-esteem for much of her life.

Book Review

‘The Muralist,’ by B.A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro makes the radical, varied, and sometimes enigmatic world of abstract expressionism altogether human and accessible.

Special section

// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

Match Book

// Match Book: What to read next

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Seven books about...

Seven books about suffragettes

Including “The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family” and “The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History.’’