Bill O’Reilly’s book on family values sells big the same week his sexual harassment lawsuits revealed

The book is billed as a defense of traditional values and includes advice on how men should treat women respectfully, not as sex objects.

A portrait of a young Emily Dickinson (left) with siblings Austin and Lavinia.

Art Review

In new exhibit, Emily Dickinson is anything but a ‘Nobody’

A Morgan Library & Museum exhibition looks at the life and work of the iconic poet.

Shelburne Farms captured in new design book

Nowhere is spring more apparent than on a working farm, and Shelburne Farms is no exception.

Globe Magazine

How Western Mass. became kids’ lit central

From Mo Willems to Jane Yolen and Norton Juster, some of the biggest names in children’s books call the Pioneer Valley home.

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Conservationist Gallmann shot in Kenya

Herders invaded the 73-year-old author’s ranch in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

Author and conservationist shot by herders in drought-addled Kenya

Italian-born Kuki Gallmann was shot at her ranch and airlifted after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

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Author Anita Shreve cancels book tour to tend to health

The best-selling scribe reveals she‘ll be undergoing chemotherapy.

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In ‘Somebody With a Little Hammer,’ essays search for humanity in taboo territory

Mary Gaitskill’s first collection of essays may be uneven, but it’s also indispensable.

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‘Anything Is Possible’ for lives seeking a chance for change

Elizabeth Strout frequently shows us what Flannery O’Connor called “the almost imperceptible intrusions of grace” into human lives.

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Send-up of tech world that’s light, funny, and ephemeral as Snapchat message

“Startup” is a coming-of-age novel for these digital times.

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In the state of Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, ‘Janesville’ offers profile of town struggling to survive

“Janesville’’ traces the problems of a once proud manufacturing town laid low by the recession and the broken social contract.

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Greater Boston author readings April 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

the discovery

Under microscope, shapes to be filled by imagination

The black-and-white photographs of tears under a microscope in this delicate, intimate book, reveal distinct landscapes.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Korean immigrants struggle in hostile Japan

“Pachinko’’ unspools over four generations of a Korean family that migrates to Japan.

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On the hunt for arresting writing

Anite Shreve says that she can usually tell on the first or second page if it will pan out for her taste.

Lemonheads drummer David Ryan contributes an essay in which writers reflect on a work that altered their life.

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Books that can change your life’s path and celebrating indie booksellers

David Ryan and Jaime Clarke will both contribute essays to Ig Publishing’s Bookmarked series.

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Walking wounded battle to remain human amid deadly strife in repressive Pakistan

“The Golden Legend’’ mosques and books are too often made terrible, but they nevertheless hold out the possibility of hope.

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Stories that read like a cross between Octavia Butler and Shirley Jackson

Lesley Nneka Arimah’s stories blend dark humor, sorrow, and excursions into magic realism.

Osage tribe members (from right) Mollie, Anna, and Minnie Burkhart.

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Yet another Indian massacre, one murder at a time

“Killers of the Flower Moon’’ explores a dolorous period when, the “world’s richest people per capita were becoming the world’s most murdered.”

A photo from “W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.’’

new england literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

A grand design: the life of W.A. Dwiggins

Bruce Kennett, who has been writing and lecturing about W.A. Dwiggins for nearly 40 years, is preparing to publish “W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.’’

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Greater Boston author readings April 16-22

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

John McCormack, speaking in Dorchester in 1973, was the Speaker of the House in the

book review

Chronicling the Zelig of Massachusetts politics

Garrison Nelson’s “John William McCormack’’ is a brilliant portrait not only of Boston’s Forgotten Man but also of the place that spawned him. The major downside is McCormick himself.

Best-selling writer Curtis Sittenfeld.

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In characters, fascinating is key. Moral, not so much.

Curtis Sittenfeld appreciates a lacerating quality in writing that not everybody does

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Lyrical, poetry mediations on memory and time inspired by 400 steel poles in desert

Laura Raicovich takes Walter de Maria’s sculpture “The Lightning Field’’ as inspiration for her lyrical, atmospheric essay, “At the Lightning Field.’’

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

How children teach their parents

It is the children’s pedagogy that really inspires, provokes parents into growing, says Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

A Turkish demonstrator flashes the nationalist “grey wolves” sign.

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Even without Trump, nationalism would still be among us

Capsule reviews of “The Wrath of Nations,’’ “Blood and Belonging,’’ “The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism,” and “Imagined Communities.’’

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Harrowing tale of teen addict and the naïve younger girl who worships her

Julie Buntin’s debut novel, “Marlena,’’ is a thrilling and important examination of female adolescent friendship

Jim Jones’s Jonestown ministry ended in tragedy.

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Dark, deadly saga of Jonestown set in a decade hungry for utopia

“The Road to Jonestown,” based on numerous interviews and government documents, chronicles the history of the ill-fated relgious community.

Lynne Barrett appeared at Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley to do an author reading. Independent bookstores are joining together to attract more authors through their doors.

new england literary news | nina macclaughlin

Indie bookstores in smaller towns hatch plan to lure authors for readings

The recent resurgence of independent bookstores is partly owing to their success at building communities of books and readers.

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A dark, brave memoir of an 18-year marriage

Dani Shapiro dedicates herself to exposing the stark reality of diminishment beneath the superfice of success.

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Through the eyes of Thoreau, seasons of Concord wildlife

Editor Geoff Wisner sifted through the two-million words of Henry David Thoreau’s journal to put together “Thoreau’s Animals.’’

the story behind the book | kate tutle

Lindy West refuses to conform — and that includes her body image

Lindy West’s “Shrill” contains 19 essays that cover everything from writing and politics to menstruation and abortion and moves from shy to shrill.

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In search of jewels of life in writing

In his new book, “The Songs of Trees,” David George Haskell considers a dozen trees around the world to explore the web of life.

John A. Farrell

Nixon biographer shares discoveries he made

The two things John A. Farrell didn’t expect to discover while researching his new biography was how sympathetic he felt toward the 37th president and what a delight Pat was.

Local authors win awards

Lisa Fenn and Matt Weber will be honored next month at The Christophers’ 68th annual gala.

Steven Hatch giving a speech in Gbarnga, Liberia, about Ebola prevention.

A tour in the Ebola ‘hot zone’

In “Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story,” Steven Hatch writes about his five-week stint treating patients in Liberia.

Boston’s poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges will make an appearance at the Boston National Poetry Month Festival.

Festival aims to celebrate, spread the word on poetry

The Boston National Poetry Month Festival kicks off Wednesday evening and will feature 70 established and emerging poets during the four-day event.

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Weaving history and fiction into a dark story of our tenuous grip on reality

In “The Night Ocean,” author Paul Le Farge explores how malleable the truth can be.

the discovery

‘Matisse in the Studio’ edited by Ellen McBreen and Helen Burnham

The book focuses on the Matisse’s relationship with his most treasured objects.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Longtime Boston DJ spools out history of rock from inside concert hall

In “The Decibel Diaries: A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts,” Carter Alan writes about concerts by a range of artists, including B.B. King and Prince.

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Greater Boston author readings April 2-8

A weekly calendary of literary events and author readings.

The popularity of works of dystopian fiction, on display at Harvard Book Store, has been on the rise.

New England Literary news | Nina MacLaughlin

Writing in the age of Trump and a long-awaited volume of poetry

A conversation on the role of the written word in this political moment is the subject of a panel discussion on April 4 organized by the Boston Book Festival.

What if there were a second Civil War over a fossil-fuel ban?

“American War’’ offers up an oppressively grim vision of a divided, self-destructive nation that becomes a victim of its darkest impulses and actions.

Is it possible to tell life of Nixon in single volume? Maybe not.

John A. Farrell’s chronicle of Nixon’s path to the Oval Office is terrific but condensing his presidency into 10 chapters and 200 pages proved too much.

A Midwestern boy’s wandering life of South American poverty with his mom, the revolutionary

Peter Andreas’s memoir details a mother-son bond powerful enough to transcend economic hardship, emotional missteps, intermittent absences and, ultimately, differences in values and politics.

James Wallis

Path of evangelicals in America leads to era of Trump

Frances Fitzgerald’s “The Evangelicals’’ is an epic history of white American evangelical Protestantism from Plymouth Rock to Trump Tower.

Bibliophiles

Horror tales remind him of mom — in the best way

As a young person John Jennings read horror, sci-fi, and myths from various cultures.

David Storey, 83, acclaimed writer of plays, novels

Though Mr. Storey struggled for recognition at first, he would win Britain’s premier fiction award, the Man Booker Prize, in 1976 for his novel “Saville.”

Bob Woodward will discuss the American presidency at New Bedford’s Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Bob Woodward to speak in New Bedford on Trump and the presidency

“The disease of presidents is isolation,’’ says the legendary Washington Post journalist, who broke the Watergate story that ultimately toppled Richard Nixon.

Library patron returns book he took in 1982, plus $200

A patron who stole a book from a Montana library in 1982 has returned it after reading it at least 25 times, having it restored and having the author sign it.