Books

Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn't helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it's way past time for a change.

Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.

Maine Judge Issues Order Restricting Nurse's Movements

Kaci Hickox, who shows no symptoms of Ebola and has repeatedly refused to submit to a voluntary 21-day quarantine, must stay away from public places and maintain a 3-foot buffer.

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.

Israel Reopens Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem To Worshippers

The Temple Mount, sacred to both Muslims and Jews, was closed Thursday following the attempted assassination of a right-wing Jewish activist. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed.

Burkina Faso's Military Takes Power After President Resigns

Blaise Campaore, who ruled the West African country for 27 years after he seized power in a coup, agreed to resign after riots in the capital demanding his ouster.

Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

The state has sent National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa to assist with a road block and security.

50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?

Alleged Cop-Killer Arraigned After Arrest Ends Extensive Manhunt

Eric Frein, who investigators say fatally shot a police officer and wounded another, was arrested on Thursday after eluding authorities for 48 days.

Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

The end of the World Series allows us to revisit baseball's experiment with instant replay. Commentator Alva Noë argues it has been a success — not because it makes the game more fair, but more fun.

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

November 1, 2014
'Take Me Out' by Bill Littlefield

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

November 1, 2014
1029_oag_rookie-bookie-cropped

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

October 30, 2014
Mark McClusky is author of "Faster, Higher, Stronger." (Mary McHenry Photography)

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

Eerie Reads For Halloween

October 30, 2014
If you’re a child of the '80s or '90s, you might remember the tales from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." (gschmd/Flickr)

Petra Mayer of NPR Books recommends a new scary story collection, as well as the ’80s classic, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

Reading Dylan Thomas At 100

October 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

Elizabeth Strout’s Acclaimed Novel ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Comes To HBO

October 28, 2014
Elizabeth Strout, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. (AP)

This Sunday, Olive Kitteridge, a four-part mini-series, will debut on HBO. It tells the story of a middle-aged school teacher in a coastal community in Maine.

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

October 28, 2014
Michael Rockefeller, 23, the youngest son of the New York Governor Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, is pictured in New Guinea in 1961. Young Rockefeller, a Harvard graduate, was reported missing on an anthropological expedition in New Guinea, on Nov. 20, 1961. (AP)

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

The Life And Times Of Rock n' Roll's 'Killer'

October 28, 2014
Jimmy Velvet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Don Everly and Buddy Holly in an undated photograph. (BP Fallon / Flickr)

Southern storyteller Rick Bragg’s big, new biography of “The Killer”—Jerry Lee Lewis.

Bob Ryan Reflects On A Life In Sports In ‘Scribe’

October 25, 2014
1023_oag_bob-ryan-crop

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, long-time Boston Globe sports writer and ESPN personality Bob Ryan has covered it all. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”

Susan Minot's 'Thirty Girls' And How Fiction Can Connect Worlds

October 24, 2014
Adye Sunday, 25, who was abducted when she was 13 by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, 2012 (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Minot’s most recent novel tells the true story of the 1996 kidnapping of 139 Catholic schoolgirls in Uganda.

‘One City, One Story’ Selection Looks At Family, Change, Love

October 22, 2014
Jennifer Haigh. (Courtesy, Boston Book Festival)

We speak with author Jennifer Haigh about her short story “Sublimation,” this year’s reading for the One City, One Story program.

Nick Kristof Wants You To Change The World

October 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Rebellious Roots Of The Birth Control Pill

October 21, 2014
A package of estrogen/progestin birth control pills. (AP/Bedsider.org)

Oral contraceptives were born in Massachusetts out of the ardent efforts of four people: a researcher ousted from Harvard in the 1930s, a Catholic gynecologist in Boston, an MIT-trained millionaire and feminist Margaret Sanger.

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

October 21, 2014
Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian, actor and author. His latest book is "Food: A Love Story." (Alan Gastelum)

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

October 21, 2014
Amazon's new e reader, the Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews. (Amazon)

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

October 20, 2014
Mario Batali's latest cookbook is "America - Farm to Table." (Kelly Campbell)

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

Most Popular