It’s a man’s world — even in the myths

Madeline Miller unspools a feminist retelling of the tale of Circe

A P2V Neptune US patrol plane flies above a Soviet freighter during the Cuban missile crisis.

When the Cuban missile crisis almost became war

Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias recount two fateful American spy flights that threatened to lead to nuclear conflict.

Comey says Trump’s call to put him in jail isn’t ‘normal’

‘‘The president doesn’t get to decide who goes to jail,’’ Comey said.

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Why Texas matters

It’s because what happens there doesn’t stay there, according to Lawrence Wright’s new meditation on his home state

Latest Books headlines

University Press of New England to close

The press operated as a consortium that once numbered 10 colleges and universities but had in the past two years shrunk to just two.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.

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The formidable Kennedy sister

Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver used her prickly personality for the lasting benefit of others.

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How to write wonderful essays

“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” is so good that several of its essays match the standards of Annie Dillard.


Still gets knocked out by the right book

Ann Hood believes that certain books resonate with us more at different points in our lives

Special section

// 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.

Most anticipated fall books


// 19 must-read books for fall

This year brings big new biographies of Gorbachev, Grant, and FDR, pointed and personal political takes from Hillary Clinton and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and fiction from Jennifer Egan, Alice McDermott, James McBride, Louise Erdrich, and others.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

More Books headlines

Celeste Ng is this year’s ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Indie bookstores celebrate; translating poetry; Newburyport bookfest

Independent Bookstore day celebrates the beating pulse and personality of indie bookshops all over.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A novel about asymmetrical ties and creativity

Author Lisa Halliday admits the some details of her debut borrow from her life

President Trump (left) and former FBI director James Comey.

Trump rewrites history on rationale for firing Comey

The firing of FBI Director James Comey, and President Trump’s subsequent suggestion that the Russia investigation was a factor, led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Eight Cousins to reopen in Falmouth

The Falmouth bookstore was forced to close in early January after an upstairs plumbing problem collapsed the ceiling and left significant water damage.

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Meg Wolitzer’s timely epic of women and ambition

“The Female Persuasion’’ trails a high-achieving young woman without vision and her feminist icon mentor.

Shauna Barbosa grew up in Roxbury in a triple-decker with an African-American mother and a Cape Verdean father.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A debut poet who counts Kendrick Lamar as a fan; Cohasset journal on war; celebrating Coover

Roxbury native Shauna Barbosa’s debut poetry collection, “Cape Verdean Blues,’’ was published last month.


Reads for guidance and comfort — especially now

In his new book, “Bad Stories,’’ Steve Almond tracks Trumpism to its roots: our cultural delusions.


Greater Boston author readings April 15-21

A weekly calendar of literary events.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

A Kenyan writer recalls prison time

Ngugi wa Thiong’o has just published “Wrestling With the Devil: A Prison Memoir.”

Former FBI director James Comey spoke during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

In new book, ex-FBI director Comey says Trump fixated on proving dossier allegations false

James Comey describes Trump as having been obsessed with the infamous dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Drew Bledsoe’s injury in 2001 made way for a then-unkown Tom Brady to lead the Patriots.

Sports Fiction | Magazine

What if Tom Brady had never stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001?

As you read this, remember: Steve Kornacki’s musings about that pivotal 2001 Patriots season are just a bad dream.

Meghan Markle, pictured during a March visit to Belfast.

Book Review

Who cares about the royals? But Meghan Markle . . .

In “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,” celebrity biographer Andrew Morton argues that Markle could be a new kind of royal.

A 1980 issue of The Flat Hat, a student newspaper at the College of William and Mary, in which James Comey wrote as a student about the need to attract more black students to the school.

Sophomoric and substantial: The college journalism career of James Comey

At the College of William and Mary, the future FBI director tackled issues like race and campus rape, but also veered into the juvenile, like when he mocked the attractiveness of women at Harvard.

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A striking, visionary novel about the environment

“The Overstory” is a big, ambitious epic, spanning the last half of the 20th century and asking what we’re doing to our planet.

A picture of Anya Yurchyshyn’s parents from her memoir

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A woman’s painful memoir of her dead parents; Mass. as the cradle of women’s rights

Anya Yurchyshyn tells the story of a difficult childhood and what she learns of her father who died in 1994 car crash and her mother in 2010 of “unabashed alcoholism.”

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Humanity of humor in dark time

Sloane Crosley has just published her third collection of witty essays but acknowledges that this is not a funny time.

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Turning ‘bad ideas’ into cutting satire

In “The Price of a Haircut,” Brock Clarke’s stories tap deep into the way we sabotage or delude ourselves.


Long books must justify themselves to him

Charles Frazier’s debut was a Civil War novel that won the National Book Award, and his new one returns to that period.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941.

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Quietly getting America ready for war — and a globalist role

“A Blueprint for War’’ tracks the 100 days in FDR’s third term when he quietly prepared at unwitting America for war.


Greater Boston author readings April 8-14

A weekly calendar of literary events.

A novelist friend’s 7 favorite Shreve books

A listing by her friend, the novelist Mameve Medwed.

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen of Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Easing social anxiety; the ICA’s book club

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen of Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, has just published “How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety.’’

Actor Sean Penn (left) spoke during Thursday’s appearance.


Sean Penn questions #MeToo in Cambridge appearance

The actor was in town to promote his book.

Ms. Shreve viewed her work as a “marriage of story and language that I think is almost ancient.’’

Anita Shreve, 71, best-selling N.H. author of ‘The Pilot’s Wife’

Ms. Shreve was beloved by fans around the world for her novels and for encouraging other writers.

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‘I expect color to be used against me’

John Edgar Wideman’s new collection blends fiction, memoir, and reimagined history in a kaleidoscopic look at race.


Greater Boston author readings April 1-7

A weekly calendar of literary events.

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A long and winding road but to where?

Leslie Jamison’s dark and vivid memoir of recovery interrogates the American myth of how drink pairs of creativity


Returning to her feminist roots

Veteran Broadway, film, and television actress Christine Lahti has just published her new memoir, “True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”

Author Vladimir Nabokov in an undated photo.

Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Pale Fire’ is on fire

The author will probably always be best known for writing “Lolita” but over time he has come to perhaps be most loved for giving the world a 1962 meta-novel.

GrubStreet’s plan for narrative arts center advances

The Boston writing and literary nonprofit has enlisted the help of the Harvard Book Store and Mass Poetry for a proposal to open a 13,000-square-foot Narrative Arts Center in the Seaport District.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Changes at PEN/New England; GrubStreet leads bid for Seaport literary center

After the resignation of its long-time executive director and the loss of some donors, PEN/New England is undergoing a restructuring.

Cristopher Silas Neal

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A memoir from the Love Letters columnist is more than just an origin story

In “Can’t Help Myself,” advice columnist Meredith Goldstein weaves her own stories of her stumbling love life with those of her letter writers in a wryly funny, deeply moving new book.

Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven is known to fans of her YA novels as Mackenzi Lee.

Mackenzi Lee is a rising star in YA historical fantasy

The best-selling Jamaica Plain author who works at Trident Booksellers was recently tapped by Marvel Comics to write a series of YA sagas.

Globe Magazine

Her whole life long, Eunice Kennedy Shriver persisted

An exclusive excerpt adapted from the new biography “Eunice” by Eileen McNamara.

Former Celtic Ray Allen is playing a new position: author.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 26-30

Ray Allen discusses his new memoir, Pajama Concert: Shipwreck!, the Gardeners’ Gathering, and more.

An illustration from Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall’s new children’s book “On Gull Beach.”

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

Seeing the shore anew; Brookline to read ‘Underground Railroad’

Jane Yolen and Bob Marstall’s lovely new children’s book “On Gull Beach” follows a young boy walking the Cape Cod shoreline.

story behind the book | kate tuttle

The beautiful game, a riven Maine town

“One Goal” chronicles the players, coaches, and families of Lewiston, Maine, as they join together to compete for a state championship.


Greater Boston author readings March 25-31

A weekly calendar of literary events

Samantha Irby.


Author finds her ideas on what next to read on Instagram

Samantha Irby’s best-selling essay collection, “Meaty,’’ will be reissued next month.

The Dating Issue | Magazine

How Meredith Goldstein became an advice columnist when her own love life was falling apart

An exclusive excerpt from the Love Letters columnist’s new memoir, “Can’t Help Myself.”

Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings

four takes

From Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill to #MeToo

Capsule reviews of “Anita Hill,’’ “Tailspin,’’ “Debating Sexual Correctness,’’ and “Be Fierce’’