‘Wimpy Kid’ buys its author’s dream bookstore

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney at his new Plainville bookstore.

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Author Jeff Kinney’s success permitted his family to open An Unlikely Story and transform their adopted hometown of Plainville into an unlikely destination.

Names

Local writers will share National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Eleven New England writers are among the 36 who will share the $1.7 million grant.

Big Shot

‘Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience,’ compiled by Shaun Usher

Isaac Newton’s sins, Marilyn Monroe’s dream lovers, and Susan Sontag’s rules for parenting are just a smattering of the many intimacies found in this book.

Match book

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Amy Seek writes of the intricate relationship that developed be-tween birth and adoptive families.

Book review

‘God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother’ by Amy Seek

“God and Jetfire” is a heart-tugging account of how writer Amy Seek decides to give up her baby boy for adoption but remain in his life.

Short stack

‘What Pet Should I Get?’ by Dr. Seuss

Written over 50 years ago, the book follows the brother-sister team that readers first met in “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.”

Norah Dooley is the funny and frenetic force behind massmouth, which has produced six seasons of competitive story slams in and around Boston.

A new chapter for Mass. storytelling group

Norah Dooley plans to shutter massmouth’s office and hand over its day-to-day administrative tasks.

Book review

Two new biographies for Richard Nixon

In two new biographies, Evan Thomas’s Nixon is brilliant but flawed, while Tim Weiner’s Nixon is the reverse, flawed but brilliant.

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Book Review

‘Circling the Sun’ by Paula McLain

The fictionalized story of Beryl Markham, whose own 1936 memoir, “West with the Night,” chronicled her solo flight across the Atlantic and continues to win devoted fans.

Bibliophile

Sally Mann: Reading conjures photographic details in her mind’s eye

The photographer talks about the books she read and loves to read and her reading habits.

Chris Fischer’s cookbook features many of the ingredients that he grows at his farm on Martha’s Vineyard.

New England Literary News

Food for thought

The food panel is one of six themed discussions taking place Saturday at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown.

“World Press Photo 15

The Discovery

‘World Press Photo 15’ by Kari Lundelin

This volume presents the best news images of 2014, including photos of the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, the Ebola epidemic, and more.

Bengie Molina’s memoir is love story to his parents, especially his father.

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A father’s gift, and two master raconteurs

Bengie Molina has said the real purpose of the book was to honor his father and mother.

The Story Behind the book

‘What the Dog Knows’ by Cat Warren

Warren’s book chronicles her life with Solo, a German shepherd who became a cadaver dog, sniffing his way to help find those missing and presumed dead.

Book Review

“Palimpsest” by Matthew Battles

Battles offers a meditation on the uses, abuses, and misunderstandings of writing across cultures and centuries.

Greater Boston author readings July 26-31

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Special section

summer arts preview

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Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

Book Club

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Match Book

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Seven books about...

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department trains his weapon on a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., last year.

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Today’s police forces

These recent books on the police show that it’s not good cop/bad cop, after all; it’s deeply complicated cop.