books, writing, journals
With broads and dolls, crime and corruption, and a talking snake, Moore hopes the book serves as an escape for those who are feeling the same anger and annoyance with...
The new children's book "Rescue & Jessica" provides a window into the lives of two people injured in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
George Harrar's novel centers on the ways a male professor accused of sexual misconduct tries to explain away the evidence against him.
“Refuge” offers rich territory for discussion of what immigration can mean for an individual and a family, beyond a simplified narrative of departure, arrival and assimilation.
It's a particularly apt time to read a thoughtful novel about standing up to political and religious intimidation, writes critic Carol Iaciofano.
Boston musician Ryan Walsh unraveled a rock 'n' roll mystery, making clear that Van Morrison's seminal album was forged during his eight months living in Cambridge.
His idiosyncratic chronicle is as observational about human psychology as it is about history and geography.
What distinguishes the memoir is that it goes beyond an account of early space technology triumphs and pitfalls to discuss the history of a unique workplace, at a key cultural...
Michelle McNamara was about two-thirds finished with her first book when she died at the age of 46 in April 2016. Her collaborators finished the book, which is being published...
The often unlikely intersections of Smith’s passions -- for philosophy, dance, hip-hop, and of course literature -- generate remarkably vivid and rich insights, writes Julie Wittes Schlack.
New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan -- Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick."
Former Boston Herald writer Stephanie Schorow's “Inside the Combat Zone” chronicles not only the physical changes in the city since the 1950s, but also the social, cultural and political trends...
“The arts tap into the kinds of human ingenuity and creativity that can never be reduced to a production/consumption model,” writes David Nelson.
Author Angie Thomas speaks with WBUR's Robin Young about race and her debut novel, "The Hate U Give."
In Leila Slimani’s American debut, she gives us much to think about through a well told story about a nanny's long slow mental collapse like immigration, class, women at work,...
The author passed away last May, but his work continues to transcend and inspire, including his latest collection “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” published posthumously.
From a new take on Marianne Moore's work and a look at Robert Lowell's genius through his challenges, to the skillful "The Amoeba Game" and Frank Bidart's latest.
Haruki Murakami dazzles with new short stories about "Men Without Women"; Naomi Alderman gives superpowers to teenage girls in "The Power."
“Spy of the First Person,” published a few months after Shepard’s death, holds no answers, but reminds us why its creator was intent on seeking them all the same.
In her memoir, the 89-year-old recalls growing up around Boston and how she transitioned from making sculptures sold in galleries to creating public art.