Want a copy of the new John Green? You have 1.5m chances.

“Turtles All the Way Down” will be Green’s first book since 2012’s wildly-popular “The Fault in Our Stars.”

The Battle of Hue in 1968 was a victory in military terms for US forces and their allies, but the ferocious and brutal combat and the horrible images from the battle helped turn a critical mass of Americans against the war.

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Was the brutal Battle of Hue the turning point in Vietnam?

Mark Bowden contends that the exceptionally ferocious combat exposed the futility of the US cause in Vietnam.

Derek Walcott, the recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, in a file photo from 2014.  Walcott died March 17, 2017, on the island of St. Lucia. Now the island’s Walcott House museum has abruptly closed.


Derek Walcott museum shuttered amid funding cuts in St. Lucia

A museum that opened barely a year ago on the site of the childhood home of the renowned poet and longtime Boston University professor has abruptly closed.

Comedian Eddie Izzard talks about his new book in New York City last week.

The two sides of Eddie Izzard

In his memoir ‘Believe Me,’ the freewheeling comedian comes face-to-face with the contemplative man — and his past.

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Saga of a boy who was genetically nice

Jennifer Latson chronicles the three years she spent shadowing a boy with Williams syndrome and his mother.


What Oprah and the critics say about her Book Club’s summer pick

“Behold the Dreamers” is the debut novel from Imbolo Mbue.

15 ways Harry Potter has changed culture since the first book was published 20 years ago

On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh. And it took off.

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Losing, then finding, his Muslim faith

Haroon Moghul grew up in New England, his faith something he “inherited and tried to make sense of” from an early age.

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Changes in Vermont’s character and countryside

Peter Miller at work on a new book, “Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture’’; environmentalist Bill McKibben on “Walden’’; a global book club

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Story of girlfriend for hire explores oddness of love and life

In the world of Lacey’s novels, the self is fundamentally strange — strange to others and strange to itself.

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Murders on Canadian island triggered by meteor shower

Lawrence Millman found himself haunted by a story that took place on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay.

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Boisterous tale of suspicion and intrigue sparked by arrival of wealthy stranger in 1746 New York

Some New Yorkers believe that Smith is an absconding London clerk; others that he is a British ministry snoop; and still others suspect him of being a French spy.


Holding a grudge against Dante

Best-selling author Don Winslow wishes he had more time to read and to catch up with books he missed.


Greater Boston author readings June 25-July 1

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

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Vibrant, dark, and funny memoir of manipulative, explosive mother and the son who loves her

“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’’ is a fierce howl of pain and a dark hymn to Sherman Alexie’s immensely difficult, indomitable mother.


Rare image of Sophia Thoreau goes to Concord Museum

The good news is that a rare and previously unknown daguerreotype of Sophia Thoreau has turned up. The better news is she doesn’t look much like her brother Henry David Thoreau.

“Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success,” by Ivanka Trump, was released on Tuesday.

Is Ivanka Trump the new feminist icon? Advocates are skeptical

Women still smarting from the impact of the glass ceiling last November, meet your new feminist figurehead.

Helen Dunmore, 64, who wrote about legacy and loss

Ms. Dunmore was a British poet and historical novelist whose widely praised books were known for their gothic plots.

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Can these scientists bring back the mammoth?

Ben Mezrich’s wild and woolly tale of how and why a team of Harvard researchers are working to return a signature species from extinction.

Hot for a summer read?

Some suggestions for your reading list.

The ultimate summer reading list

’Tis the season for sun and sand, lobster and leisure, barbecues and books. Especially books.

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A plague of insects in town riven by class, race

Julia Fierro’s novel is set in a fictional islet off the coast of Long Island in the summer of 1992.


Greater Boston author readings June 18-24

A weekly listing of literary events and author readings.

Co-anchors and husband and wife team Natalie Jacobson and Chet Curtis.

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Part history, part memoir, a look at golden age of Boston TV

The book blends a look at the stations, players and programs with a glimpse into the life of a TV critic and a portrait of the city itself.

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Graphic-novel stories feel both real and otherworldly

Jillian Tamaki’s “Boundless’’ presents a reality that’s tilted slightly of its axis

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at the Library of Congress in May.

Tracy K. Smith named US poet laureate

Smith, who was born in Falmouth and attended Harvard University, will assume her duties this fall.

In this  file photo, Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year show in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)


Accusations about Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture rekindle old debate

Perhaps it was just a matter of time.

Hallie Ephron’s new novel is titled “You’ll Never Know, Dear.”

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Hallie Ephron’s latest looks at dreams, dolls, and a decades-old mystery

“You’ll Never Know, Dear” unspools with a strong psychological component and a sense of real people involved in relatable situations.

Land of Talk, fronted by Elizabeth Powell (above), will play at the Brighton Music Hall.

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Five things to do around Boston, June 12-18

“Big River” at Old Sturbridge Village features a real river, the South Shore Art Center festival takes over Cohasset Common, and more.


Get active for cancer awareness, a tea workshop, and a book sale

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

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Selfish Sendak-like author’s death spawns meditation on art and costs it exacts

Julia Glass crafts a thoughtful, warm-hearted tale about the choices each of us makes.

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Grieving couple adopt biracial son of a crack addict in tale of race, class, and love

Thrity Umrigar’s “Everybody’s Son’’ is a tragedy in many ways.

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In ‘Hunger,’ first her body became a ‘crime scene,’ then a ‘fortress’

Roxane Gay explores her two life cataclysms: her gang rape and what it means to be obese in a society that despises those who are.

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Poems of childhood and of endings

In Charles Simic’s poems time spreads out forever and collapses.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss in Springfield.

Five takeaways from The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss

Springfield has opened a museum dedicated to the beloved children’s author.

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Exhibition to mark 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth

“This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal” was organized by the Concord Museum and the Morgan Library & Museum, where it opened last week.

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A career road trip in ‘The Long Haul’

Finn Murphy saved stories of his adventures on the road as a long-haul mover on audio cassettes, and those stories form the backbone of his new book.

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Weaving tales of a married artist’s infidelities, secrets, and painting he keeps hidden

The book is steeped with violent encounters and violations of trust but what unifies it is Kevin’s painterly eye.


A psychologist who loves biographies

Kay Redfield Jamison believes that medical students benefit from reading about how moods and madness are experienced by those who struggle with them.

Author Madison Smartt Bell

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Risks are taken by characters and author in ‘Behind the Moon’

Madison Smartt Bell’s latest work is an experimental novel of mystical themes that toys with narrative convention.

Former St. Paul’s student Chessy Prout, who was sexually assaulted by a classmate and later told her story on national television, is writing a memoir titled, “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope.” Published by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the book will be out in March 2018

St. Paul assault survivor Chessy Prout to write memoir

The former St. Paul’s School student who was sexually assaulted by a classmate and later told her story on national television is writing a memoir.

The FitzGeralds were on their way to the Amazon when the DC-3 they were traveling in crashed in the Peruvian jungle.

Their year-long adventure turned into Survivor: Honeymoon

Holly FitzGerald’s book “Ruthless River’’ recounts how a plane crash turned her and her husband’s honeymoon in the Amazon into a harrowing survival saga.

04seuss Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Mass. Credit: Mark Murray

A museum for Dr. Seuss opens in Springfield

Theodore Geisel, under the name Dr. Seuss, became one of the best-selling children’s authors in the world. A museum about him is now open in his hometown.

A scene from the HBO series “Game of Thrones.’’

‘Game of Thrones’ gets the Harvard treatment

This fall, Harvard students will have the opportunity to take “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models.’’

Donner Lake in Northeast California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

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Fresh look at Manifest Destiny and horrific fate of Donner Party

“The Best Land Under Heaven’’ takes a fresh look at the ill-fated Donner Party as emblematic of the more shadowy aspects of Manifest Destiny.

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Technology, creativity, and ‘Frankenstein’

The MIT Press has just published a new edition of the book, with a telling subtitle: “Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds.”

Israeli troops entered Gaza City in the Gaza Strip on June 7, 1967,  as part of the Six-Day War.

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So how did tiny Israel beat much bigger Arab foes in matter of days?

Capsule reviews of “The Six-Day War’’; “The 1967 Arab Israeli War”; “Foxbats Over Dimona’’; “The Lion’s Gate.’’

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Novel examines how sectarian hatred, violence shapes characters in India

“The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” is a fierce and fabulously disobedient novel.

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A young mother’s unsentimental memoir of her last days

Part of the power of Nina Riggs’s “The Bright Hour’’ derives from her warm portraits of her husband, young sons, gentle father, and her mother, who is herself dying of cancer.

J. Courtney Sullivan’s new novel is “Saints for All Occasions.”


Using memoir and essays as palate cleansers

Novelist J. Courtney Sullivan reads mostly fiction and is trying to get in as much as she can before the nearing birth of her child.