In ‘An Orchestra of Minorities,’ birds of a feather in fate

Chigozie Obioma’s saga of a poultry farmer trapped in tragic circumstances embraces African folk tale.

FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, says that Fox News took her criticism of the newspaper's Trump coverage

New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.


Gwyneth Paltrow has a new cookbook and with it, a conflict for those who love to hate her

Will I buy it? Can I seriously take health advice from someone who shills jade eggs for one’s vagina? Rebecca Pacheco asks.

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Books we can’t wait to read in 2019

It’s a big year for fiction but there will be plenty for nonfiction fans, too.

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Marzano-Lesnevich’s book wins French prize; Grolier moves to become a charity

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has won the France Inter-JDD foreign book prize for the French translation of her book.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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A New Year’s resolution: Just breathe

Capsule reviews of ‘Full Catastrophe Living’; ‘Savor’; ‘10% Happier’; ‘Mindful Work.’


It all started with Studs Terkel’s chats with an athlete and a sex worker

Daniel H. Pink’s “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” has just been released in paperback.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Unearthing family secrets in the DNA

In her new memoir Dani Shapiro discovers the father she’d grown up with was not her biological father.

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.

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// 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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Former Globe reporter’s new book is a ‘comprehensive’ look at Sept. 11

Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11” will be released this spring.

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The grinding fear and stress of a homeless mother

Stephanie Land’s memoir is “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’’

Eunice “Nicie” Panetta will lead the committee to select the award winners.

$2.2m Mellon grants will boost local poetry programs

Half of the funds will support local poets laureate and the rest will go for local programming.

On January 15, 1919, a giant tank in the North End collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston.

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A comics poem collection; essays wrestle with racism, misogyny, and alienation

Boston writer and artist Franklin Einspruch’s new book is “Cloud on a Mountain.’’

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A fatal heart attack unfurls a history of unrequited love for a wife, a best friend and her husband

British writer Tessa Hadley looks at how the present transforms the past in “Late in the Day.’’


Author gives herself hefty reading assignments

Rebecca Makkai’s third and latest novel is “The Great Believers.”

story behind the book | kate tuttle

Working the wonder of transplant surgery

Joshua Mezrich’s “When Death Becomes Life” is part memoir, part history of transplant surgery

Diane Kochilas is the author of “My Greek Table” and host of a show of the same name.

hot ticket

Diane Kochilas signs copies of her new cookbook at Committee

Gluttony season is over. It’s time to eat lightly and healthfully — preferably with the help of a Mediterranean guru.

Broadway in Boston’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Boston Opera House.

Things to do

The Weekender: Punk rock, pantaloons, and Oompa Loompas

Here’s the best way to spend your weekend, in Boston and beyond.

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Sylvia Plath’s recently discovered short story will be published Jan. 22

It’s a week later than first planned. Plath completed the story in December 1952 while studying at Smith College in Northampton.

Kristen Roupenian’s debut story collection is

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Loved the ‘Cat Person’ story? There’s more where that came from, and it’s delicious

Kristen Roupenian’s “You Know You Want This” is a scintillating new debut story collection.

Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

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The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 was Boston’s strangest disaster

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

Home organizer Marie Kondo stars in Netflix's new reality series,

What is KonMari and why are people folding their shirts weird?

Ever since “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” launched on Netflix at the start of the new year, people have been cleaning out their homes of clutter.

Henry Boshart (Charlie Bucket) and Noah Weisberg (Willy Wonka) in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 6-13

Join Charlie in exploring a chocolate factory filled with special effects, watch a dramatic comedy set around a soccer field, and more.

A daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson, age 16, on display at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst.

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Controversial history of Dickinson’s books; re-release of Moshfegh’s debut book

Tufts professor Julie Dobrow explores how a mother and her daughter helped get Emily Dickinson’s canon published.


Greater Boston author readings Jan. 6-12

A weekly calendar of literary events

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The attractions of crying, dreaming, and keeping a notebook

Elisa Gabbert’s new essay collection is “The Word Pretty.”

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Once US presidents wanted a Pan-American Highway not a wall

“The Longest Line on the Map” chronicles attempts to build a land connection through the Americas.


For Ha Jin, unabridged novels feel rich after a youth of condensed tales

Award-winning novelist’s latest work is “The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai.”

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A promising yarn of stifling, police-state Cuba, sadly muddled

Wendy Guerra’s “Revolution Sunday’’ is a work about the impossibility of free minds under surveillance.

Chris O’Leary at his home in Easthampton.


From David Bowie’s sound, a writer’s vision for a song-by-song opus

Easthampton’s Chris O’Leary is about to publish “Ashes to Ashes,” his second volume of essays on every song David Bowie ever recorded.

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The end of Camelot and the era of FDR

The 1980 race between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy foreshadowed a tectonic reshaping for the Democrats.

“Cat Person” writer Kristen Roupenian.

‘Cat Person’ author’s bad date story and her date with fame

A viral sensation, Kristen Roupenian’s “Cat Person” has led to a hotly awaited collection, “You Know You Want This,” due out Jan. 15.

“It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post.

What Barack Obama read, watched, and listened to in 2018

The former president released his annual year-end lists on Facebook Friday.

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Researching your own hometown

N.D. Galland’s new novel, “On the Same Page,” revolves around rival newspapers in Martha’s Vineyard.


Greater Boston author readings Dec. 30-Jan. 5

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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A suicide bomber’s secular family strains to embrace his wife and stepchildren

Nuruddin Farah’s intricate and morally wise novel is “North of Dawn.”


Self-help books as a palate cleanser

Ryan H. Walsh debut was the much-lauded “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968.”

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Think the ruthless Mr. Ripley with big plans to be a writer

John Boyne’s “Ladder To The Sky’’ revolves around the literary ambitions of one Maurice Swift.

Rock Hudson with Dorothy Malone in “Written on the Wind.”

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His greatest performance? Playing Rock Hudson, a straight man

Mark Griffin’s “All That Heaven Allows” traces the life and career of the closeted matinee idol.

Caption/credit: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1880. Bronze with tulle skirt and satin hair ribbon. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1128. Photo: Harvard Art Museums; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Marie van Goethem, Edgar Degas’s ‘Little Dancer,’ is nameless no more

A new book looks at the girl who modeled for the French master’s one and only sculpture.

Porsha Olayiwola is the newly appointed poet laureate of Boston.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

New poet laureate hopes to launch youth program; holiday bonuses for booksellers

Porsha Olayiwola hopes to help bring the various poetry pockets across the city together.

The Bates Hall Reading Room at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

These were the 10 most-borrowed books at the Boston Public Library in 2018

Have some free time on your hands over the holiday break? Now’s a good time to pick up a new book. These ones proved popular among Boston borrowers.

 Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere  struck a cultural chord, and propelled the  author into hot-button political issues.

Honorable Mentions

Best-selling author Celeste Ng speaks out on sexual harassment and racism

She’s using social media to broaden public discussion about some of our most explosive social issues.


Chasing after the weird and the wild

Lauren Groff’s newest book is “Florida,” which was nominated for the 2018 National Book Award.

From left: siblings Roberta “Bertie” Buffett, Doris Buffett and Warren Buffett at Doris’s Back Bay home. Doris created the Letters Foundation, funded by her billionaire brother, that helped people in need.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Doris and Warren Buffett’s charity; fiction debut on aftermath of rape

Letters Foundation was founded by the Buffett siblings to help those in crisis who’ve run out of other options.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

We asked writers: What was your most memorable book gift?

M.T. Anderson, Marcy Dermansky, Min Jin Lee, Susan Orlean, Joanna Scutts, Laurel Snyder, and Natasha Trethewey tell us their stories.

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Think concerns about privacy are new? Think again

Capsule reviews of “The Known Citizen,’’ “The Aisles Have Eyes,’’ “Understanding Privacy,’’ and “Purity.’’


Retired NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, at age 100, is telling her life story

Johnson’s ‘‘Reaching for the Moon’’ is an autobiography for middle graders that will be published next fall, Atheneum Books for Young Readers announced Thursday.

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A demanding but rewarding tale of women and war

Booker Prize-winning “Milkman’’ follows a daughter in a sprawling family during the Northern Ireland unrest.

School children in th ’50s practice what to do in case of an attack.

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Make America great again? Dystopian tale suggests it wasn’t so great the first time

A teen in a future totalitarian US regime is sentenced for an infraction to re-education in 1959 Wisconsin.