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BOOK REVIEW

In short pieces, Hilary Mantel recalls her difficult past

In her newest book, British author Hilary Mantel turns her famous focus inward, exploring her own development as an author and her contentious relationship with the English language in six semi-autobiographical short stories and one essay.

BIBLIOPHILES

Building a library for a better life

As she recounts in her memoir, “The Ugly Cry: How I Became a Person,” TV writer Danielle Henderson grew up Black in a mostly white town under the wing of a foul-mouthed, ferocious grandmother. Henderson also wrote “Feminist Ryan Gosling,” a book based on her popular blog. She talked with us about what she's been reading.

Related Reading

Twilight of the white guys

New books by Tad Friend and Bill McKibben trace the contours of lives played out in an era of great change.

BOOK REVIEW

Regeneration and time travel

Lidia Yuknavitch's book takes place across time, swimming between an imaginable and not too distant future fifty-plus years from now when boat tours bring sightseers to the almost completely submerged Statue of Liberty, swallowed up by rising seas. Then we are taken into the past.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS

Poetic postcards to share, a book about a book-maker, and a call to re-read Frederick Douglass

All the bookish news from around the region.

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

Remembrance and reclamation in ‘We Refuse to Forget’

Oklahoma-raised journalist Caleb Gayle tells "A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power."

Massachusetts native James Jackson Jr.’s head-spinning journey into ‘A Strange Loop’

Jackson, who grew up in Randolph, moved to New York and eventually established himself as a solo cabaret performer. Now he has made his Broadway debut at age 46 in a Tony-winning musical that is its own out-of-leftfield success.

BOOKINGS

Author readings around Boston June 26-July 2

All author appearances are virtual and free unless otherwise noted.


BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ended June 19

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

THE TICKET

Things to do around Boston this weekend and beyond

Music, theater, comedy, museum, and family events, and more, selected by Globe critics and writers.

Dance Review

Jacob’s Pillow kicks off the 2022 season with provocative ‘America(na) to Me’

The performance marked the reopening of the renovated Ted Shawn Theatre.

MATTHEW GILBERT

Some favorites from TV’s archive of LGBTQ characters and stories

These are some of the series, characters, and moments that have meant something to me over the years, from an early episode of "All in the Family" to now.

QUICK BITE

Chef Dave’s is a classic restaurant with just enough twists

The Chestnut Hill spot has the intimacy of a bistro and a chophouse-influenced menu.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER

‘Loot’ is rich with relationships, if not messages

The Apple TV+ comedy stars Maya Rudolph as a suddenly rich woman who tries philanthropy as a whim.

ART REVIEW

At the Met, ‘Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents’ offers a completist’s view

Born in Boston and raised in Cambridge, the painter captured the wildness of the sea and the brutality of human conflict in his oils and watercolors, 88 of which are now on view in New York.

MUSIC REVIEW

Tears for Fears let it all out at Leader Bank Pavilion

The ‘80s survivors were that rare combination, a legacy act that still has something to say.