You already may have the date of Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” circled on your calendar and may have ordered an advanced copy of the latest novel from the great Haruki Murakami, but there are dozens of other books experts say you should keep an eye out for this fall. We turned to the book buyers at four local shops — Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, and Trident Booksellers and Cafe — for the 2018 books they are most excited about as the leaves change this season. Their picks for nonfiction, short stories, and novels will entertain and transport you even as you hunker down with a cup of tea and a blanket, prepared for the winter months. “Vox” by Christina Dalcher (Aug. 21) Fans of “A Handmaid’s Tale” should check out this novel, according to Courtney Flynn, manager of Trident Booksellers and Cafe. The story is set in a world where every woman is only permitted to … [Read more...] about 20 books that local experts say you should read this fall
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AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," ''Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91.Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, said Bill Evans, his longtime friend and the Shubert Organization director of media relations. In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the American theater's most successful and prolific playwrights, often chronicling middle class issues and fears.Starting with "Come Blow Your Horn" in 1961 and continuing into the next century, he rarely stopped working on a new play or musical. His list of credits is staggering.The theater world mourned his death, with actor Josh Gad calling Simon "one of the primary influences on my life and career." Playwright Kristoffer Diaz said simply: "This hurts." … [Read more...] about Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Comic Riffs Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Sonia Rao May 22 at 3:17 PM Email the author Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Lucasfilm) When “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on Friday, moviegoers will finally be able to ascertain whether Alden Ehrenreich’s Han lives up to Harrison Ford’s portrayal, or if the infamous director switcheroo affected the quality of the film. But viewers will have to look off-screen for the answer to … [Read more...] about Donald Glover confirms Lando Calrissian is pansexual. But does this count as representation?
Beth Malone and Andrew Garfield in “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “gay fantasia” of life in the Reagan era, now on Broadway in a widely praised production. (Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) NEW YORK — Battered by screenwriting jobs that fell through and the depressing feeling that his career was over before it had started, Mart Crowley found himself housesitting in Beverly Hills in summer 1967 and mulling over an idea he desperately hoped might get him somewhere. It was for a play that would focus on the emotional lives of gay men — a subject that had been treated in other plays, but not in one that made it to the mainstream. Drawing on memories and relationships, the 32-year-old Catholic University graduate was still groping for the right conceptual canvas for the play, when one was dropped in his path. “I was invited to this birthday party by a friend of mine, on whom Harold would be based,” Crowley, … [Read more...] about All at once, Broadway is carrying a ‘torch’ for landmark gay plays of the 20th century
“The Poppy War,” by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager) R.F. Kuang’s debut novel, The Poppy War (Harper Voyager), is a study in every kind of violence. The humor is a bitter laugh, the lessons bruising. The first in a planned trilogy, it spans several years in the life of Rin, a dark-skinned orphan studying in secret so she can test into the most elite military academy in the empire and thereby escape an unwanted marriage. Against all odds, Rin aces the test but soon realizes that her poverty, gender and skin color mark her as a target to her privileged classmates. She learns she has an incredible power that she can harness, but only if she gets high. The book starts as an epic bildungsroman, and just when you think it can’t get any darker, it does. Its Chinese influences and female character will garner comparisons to Mulan, but that’s a cheap thread. Kuang pulls from East Asian history, including the brutality of the Second Sino-Japanese war, to weave a wholly … [Read more...] about Best science fiction and fantasy books out this month