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Remembering an Irish childhood in ‘Walking With Ghosts’

Gabriel Byrne also reflects on his life as an actor in a lyrical and moving new memoir.

Virtual author readings January 24-30

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.

Local bestsellers for the week ending January 17

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

In ‘Land,’ Simon Winchester looks at what the hunger for land ownership has wrought

Few authors of narrative nonfiction have ranged across the global landscape more widely than Winchester. In his latest engrossing voyage, the author turns to the land itself, covering a sizable portion of the 37 billion acres that compose the Earth.

Essays on the magic and poetry of art and place by André Aciman

A slow stroll through entrancing capitals, a tender remembrance of rare old films, a fresh contemplation of Modernist literary giants — this describes the material of André Aciman’s new assortment of essays, but not the magic.

Paulette Jiles on reading about crime, action, and exploration

Readers first met, if briefly, the itinerant musician Simon Boudin in Jiles’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novel “News of the World.” In “Simon the Fiddler,” Jiles turns the spotlight on Boudin and follows him as he navigates the Civil War and its rocky aftermath in Texas.