Local kids give new Dr. Seuss book a thumbs-up

Eleven 6-year-olds in a Milton summer-enrichment class were among the first kids in the country to hear “What Pet Should I Get.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, reading his book “Horton Hears a Who!” to a youngster at his home in La Jolla, Calif., in 1956.

Ty Burr

Some children’s books aren’t necessarily for children

Is there anything more potentially disturbing, more annoying, more strange than a classic children’s book?

Book Review

‘Armada’ by Ernest Cline

“Armada” will bore most 40- and 50-somethings otherwise lured by all the retro pop-culture detritus.

Stages | Terry Byrne

Posthumously, Jon Lipsky is now a published playwright

Publication of the two-volume collection “The Plays of Jon Lipsky” will be celebrated Sunday at a party at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.

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

‘Wimpy Kid’ buys its author’s dream bookstore

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

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/greenhouse_28BigShotNote-2_arts.psd ‘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.

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Jill Talbot’s “The Way We Weren’t” recalls despairing times.

Book review

‘The Way We Weren’t’ by Jill Talbot

The allure of the memoir is a testament to Jill Talbot’s formidable talent. This was not an easy story to live.

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

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A new chapter for Mass. storytelling group

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

Short stack

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/HiRes_WhatPetShouldIGet_COVER.jpg ‘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.”

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/God&Jetfire.jpg ‘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.

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

Book Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/planefinal%20copy.jpg ‘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.

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.

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