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BOOKINGS

Author readings around Boston Feb. 5-11

All author appearances are in person and free unless otherwise noted.

BOOKS

Local bestsellers for the week ended Jan. 29

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Linda Pastan, poet of concentrated beauty, dies at 90

Her late-in-life embrace of professional writing marked the end of a decade that she spent in the throes of an affliction she described as “the perfectly polished floor syndrome.”

Working on It

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth’s new book, ‘I’m No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts,’ delivers an authentic dose of sunny

Sprinkled with meditations, inspirational quotes, and personal travails, too, the book left this “Wicked” fan feeling lighter.

BOOK REVIEW

Aleksandar Hemon’s ‘The World and All That It Holds’ conscripts readers into the war torn life and love of a queer Jewish apothecary turned soldier and survivor

The novel’s ability to perpetuate itself seems to come both from the fantastic virtuosity of the writing and from the wonderfully realized idea of the book.

BIBLIOPHILES

Andrea Wulf, author of ‘The Invention of Nature,’ on her love-hate relationship with her Kindle

Wulf says, "I am one of those terrible authors who reads on a Kindle because I travel so much."

Related Reading

‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’ and other accounts of the oppression of women in Iran

Since the revolution, Iranian women have attempted to get the story of their oppression out to the world.

BOOK REVIEW

Kathryn Ma’s ‘The Chinese Groove’ is a Dickensian journey set in an immigrant’s world

Ma’s mildly satirical novel follows 18-year-old Shelley Zheng as he navigates complicated social dynamics where nothing is as simple as it seems after moving from Gejiu, China, to San Francisco.