‘The Soldier’s Truth,’ a biography of Ernie Pyle, chronicles the World War II correspondent’s efforts to connect the soldier’s experience of war to a distant public
Rachel Louise Snyder’s memoir ‘Women We Buried, Women We Burned’ recounts a dark past and holds out the possibility of transformation
Jane Wong’s ‘Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City’ is an intimate portrait of a working-class Chinese American family’s scars and glories
Writers publish new bilingual edition of Vietnamese poet’s work; Boston Kids Comics Fest back in person; winners of Maine Literary Awards announced
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In R.F. Kuang’s ‘Yellowface,’ intellectual theft by a white writer unleashes hauntings of all kinds
The wildly entertaining novel works on multiple levels. It is at once an exploration of guilt, a celebration of writing, a look at cultural appropriation, diversity, and racism in publishing, a sharp deconstruction of social media’s impact on the writing world and a bizarre ghost story.
Millennials, in Brandon Taylor’s ‘The Late Americans,’ confront a broken world through sex and theory
More mature than Taylor's Booker-nominated debut, “Real Life,” more polished than “Filthy Animals,” his third is a novel about the anxieties and pieties of grad students as they grapple with the art life and, more literally, each other.
Burkhard Bilger on German Westerns and his favorite historical novels
The New Yorker writer's new book is “Fatherland: A Memoir of War, Conscience, and Family Secrets."
‘King: A Life,’ Jonathan Eig’s deeply researched new MLK biography, reveals a man beset by insecurity and personal doubt but grounded in moral conviction
As Eig details, fame made Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts often as much of a curse as a blessing. The biography forces readers to view King as more than a martyr, icon, or saint — to see him for who he was, instead of who people thought he was, or wanted him to be.
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Psychology professor Kay Redfield Jamison wants to broaden the notion of psychological healing
Her new book “Fires in the Dark: Healing the Unquiet Mind,” which she calls “a kind of love song to psychotherapy,” sprang from the inspiration she found at a dark time.