In Richard Russo’s ‘Trajectory,’ pulling lives out of a spiral

Russo, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his novel “Empire Falls,” lives in Portland, Maine, and the pieces here — three stories and one novella — are peopled with New Englanders.

Aaron Hernandez during his trial in March.

James Patterson plans true crime book on Aaron Hernandez

Patterson said in a statement that he was ‘‘stunned’’ by Hernandez’s death and wanted to know ‘‘what went wrong.’’

Ivanka Trump’s “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” comes out May 2.

Is Ivanka Trump’s new book being buried?

The first daughter’s “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” comes out May 2. And that seems to be news to booksellers.

Bill O’Reilly’s new book,  which offers advice on how men should treat women respectfully, went on sale the same week The New York Times reported that O’Reilly had settled suits with five women who had accused him of sexual harassment.

Bill O’Reilly’s book on family values sells big the same week his sexual harassment lawsuits revealed

The book is billed as a defense of traditional values and includes advice on how men should treat women respectfully, not as sex objects.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 1-7

An Intimate Evening With Lea Michele, Greater Boston CityHeart Art Show and Sale, Children’s Book Week, and more.

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Government’s broken promise to Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Michele R. McPhee writes in her new book that the US government reneged on a promise to help Tamerlan gain citizenship in exchange for information on terrorists.


Greater Boston author readings April 30-May 6

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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A look at the things and the idea of Maine

Jim Krosschell examines “a world in which change is speeding up and place is shrinking down, even in Maine.”

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Richard Ford unpacks the complexity of his parents’ ordinary lives

In his memoir of his parents, “Between Them,’’ Richard Ford notes that memoirists are “never just the teller of other people’s stories, but is a character in those stories.”

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Recalling colorful, trippy posters, clothes, and rock stars of the ‘60s

The images in “Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll’’ document be-ins and buses, concerts, and Haight Ashbury hangouts.


Samples fiction but keeps a steady diet of poetry

Rigoberto González has written four books of poetry, the most recent being “Unpeopled Eden,” and 10 books of prose.

An image from Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This.’’

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Graphic memoirs by refugee, artist-editor look at how little control we exert over our lives

Kristen Radtke’s “Imagine Wanting Only This’’ and Thi Bui’s “The Best We Could Do’’ grapple with the limits of how much understanding our past can help us comprehend our present.

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Saga of how refugee leaders and soldiers helped win World War II

In her new book, Lynne Olson tells the overlooked story of how the exiled governments and armed forces helped turn the tide in World War II.

Obama White House photographer Souza has book deal

The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama’s administration Pete Souza has a book coming in November.

Books on the T trying to give Boston a daily dose of literature

By sprinkling books around the T, a new program is essentially turning the transit system into a mobile lending library.

Conservationist Gallmann shot in Kenya

Herders invaded the 73-year-old author’s ranch in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

In this image from a video footage taken on May 3, 2000 in New York, the Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann speaks during an interview. Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo)

Author and conservationist shot by herders in drought-addled Kenya

Italian-born Kuki Gallmann was shot at her ranch and airlifted after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

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Author Anita Shreve cancels book tour to tend to health

The best-selling scribe reveals she‘ll be undergoing chemotherapy.

Porn star Linda Lovelace, who starred in “Deep Throat,” arrived at the Academy Award in Los Angeles in 1974.

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In ‘Somebody With a Little Hammer,’ essays search for humanity in taboo territory

Mary Gaitskill’s first collection of essays may be uneven, but it’s also indispensable.

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‘Anything Is Possible’ for lives seeking a chance for change

Elizabeth Strout frequently shows us what Flannery O’Connor called “the almost imperceptible intrusions of grace” into human lives.

Send-up of tech world that’s light, funny, and ephemeral as Snapchat message

“Startup” is a coming-of-age novel for these digital times.

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In the state of Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, ‘Janesville’ offers profile of town struggling to survive

“Janesville’’ traces the problems of a once proud manufacturing town laid low by the recession and the broken social contract.


Greater Boston author readings April 23-29

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Under microscope, shapes to be filled by imagination

The black-and-white photographs of tears under a microscope in this delicate, intimate book, reveal distinct landscapes.

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Korean immigrants struggle in hostile Japan

“Pachinko’’ unspools over four generations of a Korean family that migrates to Japan.


On the hunt for arresting writing

Anite Shreve says that she can usually tell on the first or second page if it will pan out for her taste.

Lemonheads drummer David Ryan contributes an essay in which writers reflect on a work that altered their life.

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Books that can change your life’s path and celebrating indie booksellers

David Ryan and Jaime Clarke will both contribute essays to Ig Publishing’s Bookmarked series.

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Walking wounded battle to remain human amid deadly strife in repressive Pakistan

“The Golden Legend’’ mosques and books are too often made terrible, but they nevertheless hold out the possibility of hope.

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Stories that read like a cross between Octavia Butler and Shirley Jackson

Lesley Nneka Arimah’s stories blend dark humor, sorrow, and excursions into magic realism.

Osage tribe members (from right) Mollie, Anna, and Minnie Burkhart.

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Yet another Indian massacre, one murder at a time

“Killers of the Flower Moon’’ explores a dolorous period when, the “world’s richest people per capita were becoming the world’s most murdered.”

A photo from “W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.’’

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A grand design: the life of W.A. Dwiggins

Bruce Kennett, who has been writing and lecturing about W.A. Dwiggins for nearly 40 years, is preparing to publish “W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.’’


Greater Boston author readings April 16-22

A weekly calendar of author readings and literary events.

John McCormack, speaking in Dorchester in 1973, was the Speaker of the House in the

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Chronicling the Zelig of Massachusetts politics

Garrison Nelson’s “John William McCormack’’ is a brilliant portrait not only of Boston’s Forgotten Man but also of the place that spawned him. The major downside is McCormick himself.

Best-selling writer Curtis Sittenfeld.


In characters, fascinating is key. Moral, not so much.

Curtis Sittenfeld appreciates a lacerating quality in writing that not everybody does

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Lyrical, poetry mediations on memory and time inspired by 400 steel poles in desert

Laura Raicovich takes Walter de Maria’s sculpture “The Lightning Field’’ as inspiration for her lyrical, atmospheric essay, “At the Lightning Field.’’

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How children teach their parents

It is the children’s pedagogy that really inspires, provokes parents into growing, says Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

A Turkish demonstrator flashes the nationalist “grey wolves” sign.

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Even without Trump, nationalism would still be among us

Capsule reviews of “The Wrath of Nations,’’ “Blood and Belonging,’’ “The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism,” and “Imagined Communities.’’

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Harrowing tale of teen addict and the naïve younger girl who worships her

Julie Buntin’s debut novel, “Marlena,’’ is a thrilling and important examination of female adolescent friendship

Jim Jones’s Jonestown ministry ended in tragedy.

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Dark, deadly saga of Jonestown set in a decade hungry for utopia

“The Road to Jonestown,” based on numerous interviews and government documents, chronicles the history of the ill-fated relgious community.

A portrait of a young Emily Dickinson (left) with siblings Austin and Lavinia.

Art Review

In new exhibit, Emily Dickinson is anything but a ‘Nobody’

A Morgan Library & Museum exhibition looks at the life and work of the iconic poet.

Lynne Barrett appeared at Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley to do an author reading. Independent bookstores are joining together to attract more authors through their doors.

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Indie bookstores in smaller towns hatch plan to lure authors for readings

The recent resurgence of independent bookstores is partly owing to their success at building communities of books and readers.

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A dark, brave memoir of an 18-year marriage

Dani Shapiro dedicates herself to exposing the stark reality of diminishment beneath the superfice of success.

Shelburne Farms captured in new design book

Nowhere is spring more apparent than on a working farm, and Shelburne Farms is no exception.

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Through the eyes of Thoreau, seasons of Concord wildlife

Editor Geoff Wisner sifted through the two-million words of Henry David Thoreau’s journal to put together “Thoreau’s Animals.’’

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Lindy West refuses to conform — and that includes her body image

Lindy West’s “Shrill” contains 19 essays that cover everything from writing and politics to menstruation and abortion and moves from shy to shrill.


In search of jewels of life in writing

In his new book, “The Songs of Trees,” David George Haskell considers a dozen trees around the world to explore the web of life.

Globe Magazine

How Western Mass. became kids’ lit central

From Mo Willems to Jane Yolen and Norton Juster, some of the biggest names in children’s books call the Pioneer Valley home.

John A. Farrell

Nixon biographer shares discoveries he made

The two things John A. Farrell didn’t expect to discover while researching his new biography was how sympathetic he felt toward the 37th president and what a delight Pat was.

Local authors win awards

Lisa Fenn and Matt Weber will be honored next month at The Christophers’ 68th annual gala.

Steven Hatch giving a speech in Gbarnga, Liberia, about Ebola prevention.

A tour in the Ebola ‘hot zone’

In “Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story,” Steven Hatch writes about his five-week stint treating patients in Liberia.