Book Review

‘I Was a Revolutionary: Stories’ by Andrew Malan Milward

The rich, brutal history of Kansas ignites — and propels — the eight stories that make up Milward’s accomplished collection.

Sue Grafton is nearing the end of her alphabetically-framed series.

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‘X’ by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton ratchets up the heat as she heads toward the finish line of her alphabetically-framed series.

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‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ By Drew Daywalt

The latest book from author Drew Daywalt and illustrator Oliver Jeffers is a follow-up to their 2013 smash hit, “The Day the Crayons Quit.”

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‘The Incarnations’ by Susan Barker

Barker writes with a comfortable colloquialism that sometimes trades vividness for cliché, but she has smartly structured this intricate tale.

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Unexpected good reads can smite Stephen Greenblatt

The Harvard professor, author of the award-winnning “The Swerve,” talks about books he reads and likes to read.

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‘Reading Claudius’ by Caroline Heller

Already a professor at the graduate school of education at Lesley University, Heller began writing her family story in earnest while taking a writing seminar at Bennington.

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‘How We Live Now’ by Bella DePaulo

“How We Live Now” is not quite a polemic against the suburban nuclear family in all its glorious isolation. But it serves as a manifesto on behalf of the alternatives.

Dr. James J. O’Connell (left) with Pine Street Inn van supervisor Leo Adorno on their outreach duties.

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Stories from the street

In more than two dozen essays in “Stories from the Shadows,” Dr. James J. O’Connell tells the stories of individual homeless patients.

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‘Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness’ by retired US Marine Gerry Stribling

“Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead’s Field Guide to Mindfulness” is a straight-talking primer to the religion Stribling encountered on a trip to Sri Lanka about a decade ago.


Greater Boston author readings Aug. 24-28

Author readings and signings in Greater Boston, Aug. 24-28, 2015.

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summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

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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