Book Review

‘The Book of Strange New Things’ by Michel Faber

In Faber’s new novel, a human visits a faraway planet to harvest souls for God, is entranced by its alien life, and comes to question a lot of things.

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‘The Killer Next Door’ by Alex Marwood

Marwood’s new psychological suspense novel features a killer with a very focused penchant for Egyptian embalming techniques.

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‘George Marshall’ by Debi and Irwin Unger, with Stanley Hirshon

In the new biography, the magnitude of General George C. Marshall’s achievements go almost unnoticed.

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‘Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis’ by Barbara Leaming

Leaming’s third Kennedy book provides suggestive evidence that her subject suffered from the clinical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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‘Hitler’s First Victims’ by Timothy Ryback

In his fascinating if not entirely convincing new book, the writer and scholar delves into a series of killings in the spring of 1933 at Dachau.

On crime

‘My Sister’s Grave,’ ‘Night of the Jaguar,’ ‘The Missing Place’

Hallie Ephron offers capsule reviews of recent crime novels.

Hannah Kasulka

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‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler

Poehler’s book is split into three arbitrary directives: “Say Whatever You Want,” “Do Whatever You Like,” and “Be Whoever You Are.”

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‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’ by Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore’s fascinating new book traces the comic book heroine — and her characters — back to their feminist roots.

The fifth floor reading room of the Boston Athenaeum, usually only accessible for members, will be open to the public during an open house on Nov. 2.

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An open house of books at Boston Athenaeum

The Boston Athenaeum on Beacon Hill is flinging open its leather-bound doors on Nov. 2.

the story behind the book

‘Wild’ author talks overcoming obstacles, supporting Rosie’s Place

Cheryl Strayed is the keynote speaker this year for the annual Rosie’s Place fund-raising luncheon.

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Greater Boston author readings Oct. 26-Nov. 1

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Fall Book Preview

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In this fall’s stream of books there is something for everyone.

Fall Arts Preview

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Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.

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Lyrical spirit

Katharine Whittemore looks at seven books about songwriting, including Alex Halberstadt’s “Lonely Avenue.”