Good audiobooks for Thanksgiving travel

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John Malkovich can read you Kurt Vonnegut’s satire of Nixon-era America, “Breakfast of Champions,” while you drive to grandma’s.

Carly Simon’s memoir “Boys in the Trees” offers insights into her hit songs and more.

Music gift guide: books

A look at some music-related tomes that would make good gifts, including “Boys in the Trees” by Carly Simon.

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‘Boys in the Trees’ by Carly Simon

Though she was one of the true “it” girls of the 1970s, Simon has been grappling with self-esteem for much of her life.

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Making the case for reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates showed us in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic why the nation should embrace racial reparations — then today’s books deepened his case.


// Writing till death, Oliver Sacks offers words of healing

The author of 12 books, Sacks wrote very personally at the end of his life.

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‘The Muralist,’ by B.A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro makes the radical, varied, and sometimes enigmatic world of abstract expressionism altogether human and accessible.

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‘This Bridge Will Not Be Gray,’ by Dave Eggers

“This Bridge Will Not Be Gray” is a story about the history of the Golden Gate Bridge that is a graphic looker.

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Could George and LBJ have made it to the top without Martha and Lady Bird?

Two new books say probably not.


// Claire Messud, novelist

Novelist Claire Messud has a heavy reading list between the books she reviews and the books she teaches in her writing classes at Harvard University.

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// How Einstein ended hunt for a planet that never was

“The Hunt for Vulcan” is a short, beautifully produced book that tells a cautionary tale.

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// ‘Beatlebone’ by Kevin Barry

In this offbeat novel, the Beatle’s on a search to find himself — and his island.

The story behind the book | Kate Tuttle

// On finding love and building hope in a Kenyan slum

“Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum” chronicles a couple’s love story and their work building a tuition-free school for girls in Kibera.

// New England literary news

Drawing on his decades in theater, Jeff Zinn’s new book, “The Existential Actor,” presents a history of approaches to acting and his ideas about how to get it right.

// Local bestsellers

A look at what’s flying off the shelves.

The Discovery

// ‘Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster?’

First-time author David Andrews offers up a Malcolm Gladwell-esque pastiche of social science research, history, and personal observations.

In brief

Kate Tuttle offers capsule reviews of “It Ended Badly,” “Bread, Wine, Chocolate,” “Letters to Vera,” “Picturing Frederick Douglass.”


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 22-28

Readings and appearances in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

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// All you need to know about Tom Petty

“Petty: The Biography,’’ by Warren Zanes is marvelous, kinetic, funny, and if you’ll pardon me, heartbreaking.

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// ‘Numero Zero,’ by Umberto Eco

“Numero Zero” features a clique of writers who cynically try to exploit conspiratorial ideas for their own gain and wind up embroiled in a dangerous plot.

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// 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.

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Seven books about suffragettes

Including “The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family” and “The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History.’’