Book review

‘Act of God’ by Jill Ciment

Jill Ciment’s darkly comic jewel of a novel recounts the tale of four bedeviled women who find themselves homeless in New York City.

Book review

// ‘I am Radar’ by Reif Larsen

This book is chameleonic, ambitious, epic, fantastical, whimsical, thought-provoking, arcane, philosophical, exhaustive, and completely bonkers.

Book review

‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty’ by Amanda Filipacchi

Filipacchi is the funniest novelist you’ve never heard of.

the discovery

‘Comic, Curious & Quirky’ by Rona Levin

If you’re a fan of the syndicated column News of the Weird, you might enjoy a trip in Rona Levin’s wayback machine.

for young adults

// ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’ by Holly Black and ‘Vivian Apple at the End of the World’ by Katie Coyle

Capsule reviews of two recent young adult books.

the story behind the book

// Josh Cook’s ‘An Exaggerated Murder’

Josh Cook, an employee of Porter Square Books since 2004, will launch his debut, in a very familiar setting.


Greater Boston author readings March 1-7

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

Helen Macdonald fell in love with falconry as a little girl.

Marzena Pogorzaly

Book Review

‘H Is for Hawk’ by Helen Macdonald

Macdonald, a historian and naturalist, was nearing the end of a three-year stint at the University of Cambridge when her father died.

// Match Book: What to read next

Have a book problem? We have the solution.

Big Shot

‘Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,’ edited by Lowery Sims

The collection at the Museum of Fine Arts — one of the most notable in the country — showcases a wide range of creative expression.

Short Stack | Picture book picks

// Continental Grift

Nicole Lamy reviews a pair of children’s picture books that are based on true stories.

Book review

‘Screening Room’ by Alan Lightman

MIT professor and author Alan Lightman goes back home and wrestles his past to a draw.

new england literary news

Diamond girl

Children’s book author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully likes to tell true stories about fearless girls and women.

Book Club

The Boston Globe Book Club

// Read ‘Townie’ with Globe book club

Andre Dubus’s memoir is beautifully written and eminently discussable.

Winter Arts Preview

special section

// Winter arts preview

Boston Ballet presents “Lady of the Camellias,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” premieres, and critics pick the best of the winter.

The best of the bunch

// The best books of 2014

Critics’ picks for children, teens, and adults, for fans of fiction and nonfiction, lovers of sports and thrillers.

Books for the holiday season

// Books for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Here is a guide to books for everyone on your list.

The Year in Arts

special section

// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

New England literary news

new england literary news

Diamond girl

Children’s book author and illustrator Emily Arnold McCully likes to tell true stories about fearless girls and women.

Seven books about...

A series of photographs taken by photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

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Seven books on photography

Capsule reviews of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers”; “Photography: The Whole Story” edited by Juliet Hacking; Geoff Dyer’s “The Ongoing Moment”; Susan Sontag’s “On Photography”; Roland Barthes’s “Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography”; John Berger’s “Understanding a Photograph”; Robert Adams’ “Why People Photograph”