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Reconsidering Longfellow in ‘Cross of Snow’

In generations past, what child did not memorize “Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere” and other stirring lines from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th-century America’s most beloved poet?

Furies and fates

In her ambitious debut novel, Megha Majumdar tackles the sectarian divide in her native India, where Hindu nationalists have increasingly targeted their Muslim compatriots.

What you’re reading now

A sampling of reader recommendations and accounts of pandemic reading.

‘Wimpy Kid’ creator Jeff Kinney reveals a new Disney+ project

Animated films are in the works from the best-selling Plainville author-illustrator and bookstore owner.

LOCAL BESTSELLERS

Local bestsellers for the week ending May 17

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

BOOKS

“Yes, changing how you breathe will help you live longer”

Most people take breathing for granted. What could be more innate, a more organic part of everyday life?

BOOKS

For Claire Messud, it’s cooking, sewing, and Tolstoy

Though the novelist Claire Messud has spent recent weeks teaching her writing students online, she still feels the pandemic has transported us back in time.

Alice Hoffman celebrates 25 years of ‘Practical Magic’

From Cambridge, the author talks about her famous book, the movie, and her own pandemic comfort content.