A crime thriller that’s a perfect case study for today’s world of alternative facts

In his debut novel “Shining City,” Tom Rosenstiel skillfully blends the tension of a Supreme Court nomination with a murder mystery.

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7 ideas for curing toxic inequality

Government policy mostly helps the rich and hurts everyone else, says Brandeis scholar Thomas M. Shapiro. Here’s how we can change that.

Since Jonathan Starr established Abaarso, the secondary school has placed more than 80 students in international boarding schools or colleges.

Writing a success story in Somaliland

Jonathan Starr, a former Boston hedge fund manager, started a school in the breakaway African republic of Somaliland.

Actor Patrick Stewart.

In open letter, 65 writers and artists urge trump to reconsider visa ban

Patrick Stweart, Stephen Sondheim, Rosanne Cash, and Zadie Smith are just a few of the artists who signed.

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Australian children’s book writer blasts Trump over detainment at LA airport

Mem Fox got a written apology from the US embassy in Canberra after lodging a complaint over her treatment by immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport last month, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Company.

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When an inkblot isn’t just an inkblot

Like everyone else, Damion Searls had heard about the Rorschach test, but then he set out to research the life’s work of Swiss psychologist behind it.

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Agony and ecstasy of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop’’ widens the lens on the poet and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Robert Lowell’’ tightens the focus.

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Celebrated documentary maker and scion of prominent family publishes 1st book of poetry

Henry Morgenthau III turned 100 years old recently, and just published his first poetry collection.

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Martha’s Vineyard: a user’s manual

David R. Foster offers a deeply researched, thorough, and hopeful examination of how the island has been shaped by man and nature over time — and how we might best think about preserving it.

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With winter coming, a 32-year-old woman and her aged male friend sketched amid a novel of ideas

With customary intrepidness, the celebrated Scottish author of several previous books of fiction raises questions about aging, the elasticity of friendship, aesthetic politics, and the meaning of fame

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In David Grossman’s latest, tears of a clown actually belong to the audience

The caustic self-portrait comedian Dov Greenstein paints in “A Horse Walks Into A Bar’’ turns out to be a mirror held up to the audience.

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Amid Trump’s Russia troubles, four books on cyberterrorism

Capsule reviews of “The Red Web,’’ “Cyber Spies,’’ “Dark Territory,’’ and “Cyber War.’’


Looking at the world through stories from other cultures

Reading books by foreigners forces you to learn to see the world through other people’s eyes, says Laila Lalami.

Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation from Breitbart News during a press conference Tuesday.

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart

The conservative media provocateur resigned in the wake of a controversy over his comments about pedophilia.

Author John Darnielle

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Shifting narrators share a narrative puzzle of dark foreboding in ‘Universal Harvester’

Folks have been eagerly awaiting the new novel from John Darnielle, singer-songwriter behind the Mountain Goats, whose first work was long-listed for the National Book Award.

Tom Hanks, pictured last month at the People's Choice Awards.

Tom Hanks to publish short stories

Titled “Uncommon Type,” the book will be made up of 17 different tales, each involving a typewriter in some way.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the polarizing Breitbart News editor, speaks at California Polytechnic State University as part of his

Milo Yiannopoulos book canceled after comments about relationships between boys and men

Simon & Schuster canceled a forthcoming book by the conservative editor because of his controversial statements.

Milo Yiannopoulos, pictured last month at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Yiannopoulos loses book deal after his remarks on pedophilia

Yiannopoulos was also disinvited from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference over the video.

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A slow-burning tale of faithless husband’s killing and marriage gone cold

Katie Kitamura’s rakes the embers of betrayal to find grief smoldering underneath.

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New children’s book visually celebrates written word and storytelling

“A Child of Books’’ track a girl and boy who adventure through forests, over seas, up mountains, and around fantastical castles amid landscapes sculpted from sentences of literary classics.

“American Girl in Italy” by photographer Ruth Orkin was taken in Florence in 1951.

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A stroll through tradition of women about town that takes a few wrong turns

Lauren Elkin is interested in the stories of women who walked metropolises in pursuit of discovery and in defiance of cultural norms.

Lee Friedlander’s photo of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage.

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Lifting every voice in two exhibits at Yale

The remarkable shows feature Lee Friedlander’s photos of a landmark civil rights march and memories of the Harlem Renaissance.

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In an era of superheroes, recalling Thor and Odin

In his new “Norse Mythology,” Neil Gaiman retells his “favorite sequence of myths.”

Jim Shepard’s new story collection is “The World to Come.”

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Tales of social outsiders, lives precariously perched

Jim Shepard’s tales of manmade disasters and natural catastrophes turn a spotlight on the precariousness of human existence.


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Have paperbacks, will travel

After spending years reading the canon, Jung Yun prefers contemporary fiction by writers of color.

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Poems that join and bind through books and years

Somerville’s Black Ocean has recently published “Lay Ghost,’’ a potent set of eight pieces lifted from Nathaniel Mackey’s ongoing series of poems, “Song of the Andoumboulou.’’

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Breathing new life into the tale of disabled girl and a painter in rural Maine

Christina Baker Kline has loved the Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World” for as long as she can remember and now she had based a novel on it.

Six New England authors named finalists for George Washington history prize

The $50,000 award recognizes works written about the founding era in American history.

Piers Morgan (left) and J.K. Rowling

Everything you need to know about the Piers Morgan-J.K. Rowling Twitter war

If online fights between celebs are your thing, check out what’s been going on between Rowling and Morgan.

Springfield, MA - 2/8/2017 - Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski poses for a portrait in the dictionary company's vault where he records its' word of the day podcast in Springfield, MA, February 8, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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How the dusty Merriam-Webster dictionary reinvented itself. Bigly.

From their Springfield headquarters, a team of lexicographers is defending the honor of the English language in an era of “alternative facts.”

Buchi Emecheta, 72, Nigerian novelist

Ms. Emecheta gave voice to African women struggling to reconcile traditional roles with the demands of modernity.

Lev Navrozov, 88, literary translator and Soviet dissident

Mr. Navrozov smuggled out his study of Lenin and Stalin’s campaigns of terror when he emigrated to the United States.

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An author guided by her belief in angels

Mansfield’s Kelly Kascavitch says it was her belief in angels that help guide us in daily lives that led to her to write a self-published book, “Mommy, What Are Angels?”

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How we got to an era of lethal self-defense

Caroline Light’s book finds the roots of all this in the nation’s history of racial and gender inequality

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A saga of love and magical realism on a remote Irish island

In “The Stolen Child,” an American woman arrives on a Irish island where her life become entwined in the lives of two local sisters.

George Saunders’s latest book is “Lincoln at the Bardo.”

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Grief, ghosts, and America in ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Fans of George Saunders’s stories — some of the most original work in American history — have craved this book for a long time, and he has not disappointed.

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President Obama with his dog Bo outside the Oval Office in 2012.

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The world through the eyes (and nose) of a dog

Capsule reviews of “The Genius of Dogs,’’ “Dog Sense,’’ “The Other End of the Leash,’’ “Inside of a Dog’’

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Giving cannibalism the sniff test

Bill Schutt’s goal is to understand whether the taboos are hardwired or because of culture and ponders whether circumstances, particularly brought about by climate change, could popularize people eating.


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Fan of histories that force us to rethink history

Kaitlyn Greenidge says she’s particularly interested in overlooked or ignored people or places.

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In ‘The Price for Their Pound of Flesh,’ black bodies matter

Daina Ramey Berry’s revelatory new history emphasizes the horrific nature of the so-called peculiar institution and its central place in the growth of early capitalism in the western world.

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A sweeping love saga of two orphans told on edges of realism

“The Lonely Hearts Hotel,’’ a larger-than-life, gritty love story that reads like a fable.

Ms. Gelb spent much of her career following the writer.

Barbara Gelb, 91, author, playwright, and journalist

Ms. Gelb, with her husband, Arthur Gelb, produced the first full-scale biography of the playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Henry Hampton recording “Eyes on the Prize’’ vocals in 1986.

Recalling ground-breaking documentary that reframed history of civil rights movement

On the 30th anniversary of “Eyes on the Prize’’ the story behind creator Henry Hampton’s achievement has been preserved in “True South,” a new book by Jon Else.

Boston rocker Rick Berlin at Papercuts J.P., whose in-house imprint published his memoir, “The Paragraphs.”

Rick Berlin’s memoir is a first, on multiple levels

The longtime Boston rocker and Jamaica Plain denizen collected scraps of his writings and compiled them into a book, the first for his publisher, Cutlass Press.