‘Women computers’ often couldn’t use Harvard’s telescope. They changed astronomy anyway

One woman, after being abandoned while pregnant by her husband, got a job as a maid and ended up discovering the Horsehead Nebula.

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Small town lives in an America under siege

Jonathan Dee’s “The Locals” is a transcendent look at the battered state of the American psyche in the interim between two key years in our recent history: 2001 and 2008.

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Ethereal stories that explore loss and war, with an edge of light

Yoon’s tales guide us through a shadowland of survivors that is tough and elegant and true.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, seen at training camp in July, has had something of a storybook rise in the NFL.

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Julian Edelman to tell his story in memoir, ‘Relentless’

Written with CSNNE personality Tom Curran, the book will hit the shelves on Oct. 24.

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Work by Somerville author is One City One Story pick

Daphne Kalotay’s “Relativity” is the centerpiece of the annual citywide reading event organized by the Boston Book Festival.

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Stories of young Chinese immigrants straining to break the gravitation pull of family and culture

There’s restlessness in the stories of “Sour Heart.” The characters reach for something that often remains maddeningly beyond their grasp.

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One of the best (and hopefully the last) of Brooklyn novels

Emily Culliton aims to expose the lie of polite society, Brooklyn-based or otherwise, its barely suppressed derangements and contradictions

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A re-reader because he forgets parts

David Grann says he is a slow reader and is a little bit daunted by big books

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For Rob Sheffield, all he needs is the Beatles

The music writer became a Beatles fan at an early age. In “Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World,” he gives his take on the iconic band.

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A plunge into longing and regret

The stories in Richard Bausch’s latest collection, “Living in the Weather of the World’’ are taut and dark.

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Greater Boston author readings Aug. 13 - 19

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

Linden Frederick’s painting “Save-a-Lot,” the inspiration for one of the stories in a collection based on the artist’s work.

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Mixing painting, stories; BPL’s community playwright; and immigrant views

Painter Linden Frederick teamed up with Maine author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo who assembled some big names for the project

Boston Comic Con grows up

Bigger and nerdier than ever, the event moves to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center under new ownership.

“Giant Days: Not on the Test Edition V. 1”

Ty Burr

Nine graphic novels you should be reading right now

Taking stock of the state of illustrated narrative in 2017, one is struck by the many flavors and styles.

Lizzie Borden (in an undated photo) is the subject of Sarah Schmidt’s novel “See What I Have Done.”

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Filling in the blanks of Lizzie Borden and her mysteries

Lizzie is portrayed as a quivering mass of flagrant mental health issues with a serious sugar addiction.

Simone John

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Poetry from painful news stories

“Testify” includes poems about Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and dozens of other black lives cut short.

Three swift, terrifying days of Nazi takeover of small, Ukrainian town

“A Boy in Winter” unfolds over three days in November 1941 as the SS take over a small Ukrainian town.

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Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound for the week ended Sunday, July 30, 2017.

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Greater Boston author readings Aug. 6-12

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg in 1942.

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The warring cereal kings of Battle Creek

“The Kelloggs” is the first and last word on the siblings who made a fortune in health and food manufacturing.

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Howe award winners; fiction chapbook honored; Boston book fest lineup

Poems that explore the life of Jesuit priest and mathematician Georges Lemaître and a children’s book about a girl’s quest to rescue her kidnapped grandmother got top honors in this year’s Julia Ward Howe Awards.

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In a stark, unforgiving land, a hallucinatory hunt

“Beast,” Paul Kingsnorth’s wild and spectacular new novel, strips away civilization’s fripperies to discover the savagery beneath and beyond.

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How media shapes who and what women can be

Pop-culture critic Carina Chocano’s smart, colorful, and compelling collection of essays is “You Play the Girl.’’

Paul Yoon

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Paul Yoon is a big fan of new fiction with a soft spot for classics

The author says he regularly plucks titles from New York Review Books Classics, reprints of out-of-print books.

Former FBI director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.

James Comey has book deal, publication set for next spring

Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal.

Former FBI Director James Comey, pictured being sworn in prior to his June appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

James Comey cuts a book deal

The work will examine high-stakes situations over the past two decades, which is expected the Russia scandal and the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server.

FILE - This file image released by Netflix shows Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker in a scene from the series,

‘13 Reasons’ might have triggered suicide searches online

A popular TV series about a teen’s suicide may have prompted a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it.

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A game room opening soon, a workout class, and a child’s reading group

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Joyce Simon working at the New England Mobile Book Fair.

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Touring the new New England Mobile Book Fair

New look at old store; New England Book Award winners; and a memoir of facing tough medical challenges and a tough adolescence

Seeking personal salvation in porn

“Mrs Fletcher,’’ Tom Perrotta’s new comic novel, looks at how marriages and families work and don’t.

Beth Macy

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Beth Macy prefers reading but likes audiobooks on the road

Her most recent book is “Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest.”

Jessica Berger Gross is the author of “Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home.”

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An abused daughter cuts family ties

In her new memoir, Jessica Berger Gross describes the decision she made more than 17 years ago to separate herself from her parents and brothers.

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Greater Boston author readings July 30-Aug. 5

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The Discovery

Rediscovering the life of a 19th-century female mountain-climbing pioneer

Hannah Kimberley’s new book is a thorough look at a woman who defied the conventions of her time.

Danzy Senna

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Saga of biracial elite couple offers a fresh take on identity, race, and class

“New People’’ tells the story of grad student Maria’s unraveling and her desperate efforts to hold herself.

Martin Selling (here questioning German prisoners) is a subject in Bruce Henderson’s “Sons and Soldiers.”

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Recalling the Jewish men who fled the Nazis then returned to fight them

“Sons and Soldiers’’ is a story of courage and determination, revenge and redemption, grippingly told in a fast-moving narrative.

Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960s.

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As Newport heats up, looks at the American folk scene

Capsule reviews of “I Got A Song’’; “John Prine’’; “A Freewheelin’ Time’’; and “Woodie Guthrie.’’

Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.

FILE -- In this Jan. 31, 2006 file photo former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles during his meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Some relatives of Mandela say a new book by a military doctor that documents Mandela's treatment before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality. However, the now-retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said in an interview broadcast over the weekend on the eNCA news channel that the Mandela family had requested that the book be written. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

Publisher withdraws book on Mandela health after complaints

A grandson of the late Nelson Mandela said that the removal of “Mandela’s Last Years” showed respect for the family’s wishes.

(FILES) This photo taken on August 25, 2010 in Johannesburg shows former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela in a handout photograph released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Nelson Mandela

Book about Nelson Mandela’s medical treatment stirs dispute

The retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said the Mandela family had requested that the book be written.

Soviet pilots in 1943.

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Soviet warrior women

“The Unwomanly Face of War” is a lacerating and harrowing oral history based on more than 500 interviews with former soldiers, snipers, and pilots.

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Reimagining the life of a ’50s woman executive

Joanna Scott’s compelling and complex new novel is chockablock with history, feminism, social divisions, environmental blight, corruption, sexism, and murder.

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The loss of a friend inspired a novel about friendship’s meaning

In “Before Everything,” five women in their late 50s, friends since childhood, gather as one lies dying of cancer.

Kids at Micky’s Barbershop in Egleston Square take home a free book as part of the Books at the Barbershop program.

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Get a haircut and a book; a sample of novel openings; saving the rainforest

Any child, aged 4 through 12, who gets his or her hair cut, braided, or styled at one of seven participating hair shops in Egleston Square will get to choose a book to take home for free.

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How to write about death

“The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat is part memoir and part survey of how others have dealt with death in their writing.

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Two young former Israeli soldiers pick up where they left off, rousting tenants in New York

“Moving Kings” traces the aftermath of a planned eviction gone horribly wrong.

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Not a big fan of modern novels

With one exception, British novelist Jane Gardam reads pretty widely.

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Greater Boston author readings July 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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