Annie Gaughen talks about her new book — and her new lease on sight

“It’s virtually impossible,’’ she says, to “explain what a dark time that was for me, and the kinds of fear and depression I wrestled with.’’

Eleanor Roosevelt (left) with Lorena Hickok in July of 1933.

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A hidden chapter in FDR’s White House

Amy Bloom reimagines the poignant, complex love affair between patrician first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and ‘hayseed’ journalist Lorena Hickok

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Before the deluge

Though they were written during the Obama years, Zadie Smith’s essays on politics and culture still feel insightful and relevant.

four takes

Love in the afternoon — of life

Capsule reviews of “September Songs,’’ “Getting Naked Again,” “A Round-Heeled Woman,’’ “Our Souls at Night,” “Four Funerals and a Wedding,’’ and “Love Again’’

Latest Books headlines

We asked several black writers: What book should all white Americans read? Here’s what they said

Suggestions from Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jesmyn Ward, William Julius Wilson, Claudia Rankine, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and others.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Black historian traces her family’s move west; quaffing Joyce

Kendra Field settles in native-owned land in Oklahoma, and she braids black, Indian, and white histories


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 18-24

A weekly calendar of literary events.

story behind the book | James Sullivan

Andrew Morton’s ‘Wallis in Love’: A darker look at Edward and Wallis

Andrew Morton’s “Wallis in Love” focuses on the life of the domineering late duchess of Windsor.

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Ax murders and jazz in post-WWI New Orleans

Florid action hurtles toward a violent finale in this most baroque American city.

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.

Most anticipated fall books


// 19 must-read books for fall

This year brings big new biographies of Gorbachev, Grant, and FDR, pointed and personal political takes from Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and fiction from Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, James McBride, Louise Erdrich, and others.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Franklin library offers school vacation week options

The Franklin Public Libraryis planning a “superhero training camp” during school vacation week.

Things to do

Ideas for fun things to do around Boston

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the late winter and early spring.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

What you need to know about Alain Locke

A new biography recalls the man whose work as a writer, critic, and anthologist put him at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Bringing Jefferson’s daughters together

Triple biography of two white and one mixed-race daughters of Jefferson highlights race, gender, and class in early America


A good book can cost him days of work

Charles C. Mann says that if he gets absorbed in a book and he will sometimes fail to work on new projects for two or three days.

new england literary news | Nina maclaughlin

Snapshot of New England forest; America’s unnecessary boundaries

New England is losing 65 acres of forest a day to development, but a new book of photographs captures a moment in time at the Harvard Forest in Petersham.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 11-17

A calendar of literary events and author readings.

Connections | Magazine

My 35 years abridging Sue Grafton’s addictive alphabet mysteries

A is for abridging audiobooks, a job that bonded her with the detective novelist she never got the chance to meet.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 4-10

A calendar of literary events and author readings.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A memoir of a troubled mind

Sandra Allen decided to try to interpret and contextualize the autobiography of her uncle, who suffers from schizophrenia.

Lisa Lentino’s new children’s book, “The Littlest Acorn,” shows what it is

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Poems by computer; performing #resist

Poet and MIT professor Nick Montfort is the editor for “Using Electricity,” a series of computer-generated books.

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

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Why do immigrants risk all to come? Family

Francisco Cantú’s memoir of serving on the Border Patrol lays bare the painful, deadly complexities of our immigration policy


An inveterate reader, but not of fiction

WHile she doesn’t read a lot of fiction, poet Nikki Giovanni says she’s a fan of the work of Toni Morrison and Edwidge Danticat.

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A shattering debut about mental illness and the bond between sisters

Miranda has always protected her quirky, brilliant baby sister, Lucia, who begins to wrestle with schizophrenia in college.

Shayanna Jenkins (right), the fiancee of the late Aaron Hernandez, and attorney Jose Baez (left).

The defense attorney for Aaron Hernandez is writing a book about the former Patriots star

The book, set to come out Aug. 21, was written with the cooperation of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and will include a foreword by her.

Rose McGowan spoke at the Women's March/Women's Convention in Detroit in October.

Book Review

Forget pointing fingers. Rose McGowan wants to burn down Hollywood.

Since The New York Times report on Harvey Weinstein, a feminist movement has caught up with the actress’s fury.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

New leaders at Harvard Book Store, booksellers group

Harvard Bookstore, which was established in 1932, named Alex Meriwether as the new general manager of the store.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 28-Feb. 2

A calendar of literary events and author readings.


Her favorites make her laugh or cry

British writer Jojo Moyes says that a writer who evokes strong emotion in her wins her loyalty.

Circa 1948: A baby-sitter keeps a watchful eye on a sleeping child.

Every working mom’s worst nightmare

Leila Slimani’s acclaimed and chilling novel, “The Perfect Nanny,” is inspired by the real-life murder of two New York children by their Dominican nanny.

‘Fire and Fury’ sales exceed 1.7 million

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest selling nonfiction books in recent years.

25 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

A big year with nonfiction from the likes of Zadie Smith, Marilynne Robinson, and Leslie Jamison and fiction from Amy Bloom, Michael Ondaatje, and Gary Shteyngart.

Ms. Le Guin’s fiction combines compelling stories, rigorous narrative logic, and a lean but lyrical style to draw readers into what she called the “inner lands” of the imagination.

Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, best-selling science fiction author

Ms. Le Guin brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to the genre.

“Green” author Sam Graham-Felsen, a Jamaica Plain native, at a bus stop on Centre Street in JP.

JP native and former Obama blogger’s novel follows white kid in urban school who gets woke

Sam Graham-Felsen returns home in his comic, autobiographical debut book, “Green.”

Globe Magazine

He just graduated from Harvard. He’s also undocumented. Will he be deported?

Dario Guerrero took his mom to Mexico when she was dying. It cost him his DACA status.

In this photo combo, author James Patterson is pictured next to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the subject of “All-American Murder,” which Patterson wrote with two coauthors.


5 takeaways from James Patterson’s new Aaron Hernandez book

It’s a quick read, competently done, and it does not fundamentally change our thinking about Hernandez.

Local Bestsellers for the week of 1/21


President Chester A. Arthur.

four takes

The not-so-good presidents’ club

Capsule reviews of “President McKinley,’’ “Warren G. Harding,” “The Unexpected President,’’ and “Hoover’’

Author Patrisse Khan-Cullors being arrested at a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

Book Review

Memoir of the Black Lives Matter movement

One of the group’s founders traces her own path and that of a people.

Novelist Steve Yarbrough


Mississippi boy Steve Yarbrough came to Southern lit in college

The author of “The Unmade World” says that when he transferred to the University of Mississippi he started reading Oxford native Faulkner and other Southern writers.

Book Review

Walls rise and fall in ‘Peculiar Ground’

Biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s debut novel covers three centuries of life at an English estate.

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Crazy after all these years

In “The Nothing’’ an ailing London film director with a young wife is a psychosexual powder keg about to blow.

Ty Burr

Who is the mother of comics and graphic novels? ‘Nancy,’ of course.

For anyone with an interest in graphic design, pop culture, pop art, the history of humor, and 20th- century illustration, ‘How to Read “Nancy’’ ’ is a must.

This image of Prince from his “Musicology” tour in 2004 is among 250 photos by Afshin Shahidi in the book “Prince: A Private View.”

Prince photographer shares his intimate trove in book

Afshin Shahidi included many encounters among 250 photos in his recent book, ‘‘Prince: A Private View.’’

The story behind the book

How would you live if you knew when you would die?

Chloe Benjamin’s second novel, “The Immortalists,” follows four siblings as their lives play out under the shadow of a prophecy they received from a fortune-teller.

Elena Ferrante books at the Harvard Book Store.


Elena Ferrante to write a newspaper column

The pseudonymous author of the best-selling Neapolitan novels will produce a weekly column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine.

“The Lincoln Legacy” will take place Saturday  at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre.

Sarah Vowell and Tony Kushner to discuss Lincoln’s (very stable) genius

The pair will offer their perspectives about the man who steered the country through the bloody Civil War and the abolition of slavery at Harvard University.

Author Stephen King, shown speaking in New York last year, will receive the PEN America Literary Service Award in May.


Stephen King to receive PEN America award

The wildly popular Maine writer is being honored for creating a body of work that “helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways.”

John Duberstein and Lucy Kalanithi, whose late spouses wrote acclaimed memoirs about their final years.

How a new love grew from the ashes of tragedy

Lucy Kalanithi, whose late husband wrote an acclaimed 2016 memoir of his final years, is now in a relationship with John Duberstein , whose late wife wrote an acclaimed 2017 memoir of her final years.

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.