Books

Sheila Kohler’s “Once We Were Sisters” is a story of betrayals. Not a thousand pinpricks. A thousand sword thrusts.

For National Poetry Month, a look at the poems in “Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses."
Alec Baldwin's memoir is more rueful than contentious, and intermittently evocative and wise.

The setting for this tale of multiple mysteries is a prosaic but familiar one: Suffolk County.
Poetry Readings, Two of ’Em

If there is a subtext to Bill Schutt’s latest book, it is to question the origin and the reasonableness of the taboo against consuming other humans.

E.L. Doctorow's famous authorial confidence, political commentary, and explorations of family life are on masterful display in this posthumous collection.

Jean Kennedy Smith uniquely offers the vantage point of a kindhearted sister in a history-making set of siblings.
For a body of water 110 miles long and 21 miles across at its widest point, Long Island Sound somehow tends to be overlooked. Now, a new guide, beautifully illustrated.

A collection of stories that amounts to an existential search for pure masculinity in a time when the gender binary is rapidly decaying.

Dava Sobel’s “The Glass Universe” is studded with stories of remarkable women, one of whom went from household maid to the Harvard College Observatory's curator of astronomical photographs, going on to document more than 10,000 stars.

Molly Haskell's compact and insightful new biography, “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” often goes beyond hyperbole into the realm of hagiography. At one point she literally compares the director to God. The author’s conclusion at this contrast? Advantage Spielberg.

George Washington's Farewell Address was a rare moment in American history when a leader offered words more akin to Scripture, an inspired speech that outlined the nation’s principles and deepest purpose.