Book Review

‘Deep Down Dark’ by Héctor Tobar

Chilean miner Mario Sepúlveda (in the beige and green suit) celebrated being rescued on Oct. 13, 2010, after he spent 10 weeks trapped underground.


Disaster stories compel us because we can experience at a safe distance ordeals that test humans to their limits.

Book review

‘Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson

The third book in what has already become a classic series, “Lila” is altogether different.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

George Clinton recalls funky trips to Boston

The legendary Dr. Funkenstein may be half a century into his musical career, but he isn’t hanging it up just yet.

in brief | kate tuttle

Capsule reviews of ‘Wilde in America’ and more

Kate Tuttle reviews four recent nonfiction titles.

Book reviews

// ‘Lincoln and the Power of the Press’ and ‘Founders’ Son’

The books by Harold Holzer and Richard Brookhiser plow new ground about a man who used reading to escape the circumstances of his childhood.

Book review

// ‘Republic of the Imagination’ by Azar Nafisi

Nafisi links the freedom of imagination that unites all readers to the founding ideals of our country, and who we claim to be as Americans.

new england literary news | jan gardner

// Extinct American birds memorialized in ‘The Lost Bird Project’

A documentary of the same title will be screened at Harvard Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Book review

// ‘National Security and Double Government’ by Michael J. Glennon

Glennon’s status as a respected academic makes the picture he paints in his new book all the more arresting.

new england writers at work

// Jodi Picoult’s office: An attic with a giant desk

Picoult, who has published a book almost every year since 1992, works in the attic room of a farmhouse in northern New Hampshire.

the discovery

‘120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (and Influence People)’ by Ana Benaroya

Ana Benaroy’s book is a cheeky guide for rebellious 11- to 14-year-old girls.


Greater Boston author readings Oct. 19-25

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Fall Book Preview

books | interactive

// What do you like to read?

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

Fall Arts Preview

special section

// Fall arts offerings

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

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

// ‘Cascade’ talk with Globe book club

Books editor Nicole Lamy, author Maryanne O’Hara, and Michael Volmar, chief curator of the Fruitlands Museum, took questions.

Recent reviews

Seven books about...

Idina Menzel performing the role of Elphaba in “Wicked,” based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

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Minoring in literature

Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked” is part of a recent boom of books in which a minor character, from a major work, finally gets their say.