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A love letter to librarians rises from a fire

“The Library Book’’ is only ostensibly about a 1986 fire but is mostly an homage to a democratic institution.

bibliophiles

Drawn to books that take place in small towns

Novelist and journalist Joyce Maynard’s most recent memoir is “The Best of Us.’’

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The Indelible RBG

New biography renders a quiet, hard-working, relentlessly logical feminist jurist amid an enduring love story.

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Wildly bold and skillful retelling of ‘Oedipus’

Daisy Johnson’s debut novel is a vivid retelling of the myth of Oedipus.

Boston University scientists develop new condom they hope will encourage broader use

Mark Grinstaff, a professor of chemistry, biomedical engineering, and translational research at BU, co-led a team that has worked on this project over the past three years.

A patron of Rebel Rebel with a glass of wine at the bar.

Quick Bite

At Rebel Rebel, you can mingle with wine professionals, or just drink like one

Somerville bar Rebel Rebel is a celebration of natural wine.

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A local news station is saying goodbye to a specific item of clothing

If you’ve been watching NECN recently, you may have noticed something missing. Male anchors in the studio did away with the tie, a longtime staple of business attire.

Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli has opened Alcove, near North Station.

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Tables: Alcove opens near North Station; Fuku spices up the Seaport

Restaurant news you can use.

Miss Conduct

Advice: I was given a DNA test as a gift. Is it OK to reject it?

Plus, keeping your family photos off Facebook.

Can’t wait for the return of ‘Stranger Things’? Do this (if you dare)

This year, for the first time, Universal partnered with Netflix and the Duffer Brothers to create a “Stranger Things”-themed haunted house at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

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Common called out by striking Boston hospitality workers

Unite Here Local 26, a hospitality workers union, criticized the hip-hop artist for staying at the Ritz-Carlton Boston.

Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black man, contradicting an initial police description of an armed confrontation and echoing devastating dashcam video evidence against a white Chicago officer who claimed Laquan McDonald tried to stab him before he fatally shot the black teen.

Justin Timberlake

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

Love Letters

He wants to meet the daughter he gave up to marry me

Twenty years later, he’s having second thoughts about relinquishing his parental rights.

Love Letters

He keeps a pic of a woman from CrossFit on his phone

He says he downloaded the picture from Facebook.

This is the Knockout: A spicy fried chicken sandwich with seasoned cabbage and knockout sauce.

Fuku to open this weekend, spicing up the Seaport

David Chang opened Fuku in New York City’s East Village in 2015 and quickly drew a following for fried chicken sandwiches. But these are no ordinary sandwiches.

Globe Magazine

Could Maine’s new ranked-choice voting change American elections?

The state will be the first to use a ballot that lets voters rank their preferences.

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John Krasinski and Jimmy Kimmel reignited their years-long prank war

The Newton native once again got the upper hand on Tuesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Ask Amy

Woman’s partner hates her children

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

JetBlue’s Mint passengers get extra-long lie-flat seats with massage functions, artisanal, small plate menu options from well-known restaurants, top-drawer spirits and wines, and one of the largest libraries of free in-flight entertainment.

Are business class tickets worth the price? And how do I score one (without paying a bundle)?

Even if you’re not one of the airline’s biggest spenders, there are ways to up your odds of securing an upgrade.

“Our goal was to give hotel guests a nostalgic understanding of the industrial past, mixed with today’s modern sophistication,” said Meaghan O’Neil, director of design for New Hampshire-based Colwen Design & Purchasing, discussing newly opened The Row Hotel.

The Row: Home sweet hotel

The site-inspired, contemporary hotel, which opened in August in Somerville’s fast-emerging Assembly Row neighborhood, is a welcome addition to the Boston area hotel scene.

Stone stairs are among the ruins of Madame Sherri’s former dwelling in Chesterfield.

N.H. woodland’s ruins conjure wild past of ’20s ‘party girl’

Ruins and rumors are what remain of the notorious Madame Sherri and her castle in the woods.

Patriots backup QB Brian Hoyer

The VIP lounge

The VIP Lounge with Brian Hoyer

We caught up with the backup quarterback for the Patriots to talk about all things travel.

East Boston MA 10/07/18 Joseph Urias, 12, saying goodbye to his mother, Ibania Gil, at the departures curbside at Logan Airport before Joseph flies to Rome to meet with Pope Francis on October 10th in the Vatican to ask for his help with protecting their parents from deportation from the USA. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Pope Francis tells local children of TPS immigrants: ‘To migrate is a human right’

To 12-year-old Joseph Urias, flying across the ocean to visit the Vatican with a delegation of young people felt like a mission. Their task? To ask the Pope for help so their parents don’t get deported.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Olivia Wilde helps bring the slogan

NAMES

This tiny home, now in Nahant, runs on Dunkin’

Decorated in the brand’s signature pink and orange, the house is a product of a partnership between the company and actress Olivia Wilde.

Travel Troubleshooter

Level airline promised to cover my expenses, then didn’t

After Brenda Barnhart’s flight made an emergency landing, the discount carrier offered to refund her costs to get home. Then it stalled. Can she get her money back?

Here, there, and everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

The RotterTram on Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. The vintage 1969 tram is now used as a dining car and does a complete tour of the Dutch city.

The RotterTram, a sightseeing tram that’s also a dining car

It offers a fixed-price meal with drinks during the course of a ride that lasts 2½ hours and travels over some 18 miles of tracks throughout the city.

Those bunny slippers are dangerously close to the space heater. They should be at least 3 feet away.

HELP DESK

How to safely use a space heater

Use of space heaters is common, but they account for “vast amounts of civilian deaths and injuries,” according to Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey.

Regina Pizzeria’s classic cheese pizza.

TripAdvisor says the best pizzeria in the country is right here in Boston

This Boston mainstay took the top honor based on TripAdvisor reviews, beating out New York City’s Bleecker Street Pizza.

Mark Wahlberg.

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Mark Wahlberg posts video from his ‘old stomping grounds’ in Dorchester

The Dot native posted a quick video from the steps of his “old crib” on Peverell Street.

From left: Roger Brown, Linda Mason, LL Cool J,  and Lori and David Sprows.

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Berklee raises big bucks for — and through — music

Berklee School of Music’s star-studded 24th Encore Gala took place on Saturday at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

El Pelon Taqueria’s fried plantains

What She’s Having

Turning back time with plantains in the Fenway

A lot’s changed in the neighborhood when it comes to food. El Pelon’s $5.75 plate of plantains hasn’t.

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Celtics gather for ‘family dinner’ before season opener

Players, coaches, and their families all headed to owner Wyc Grousbeck’s house on Sunday.

Apples? Brussels sprouts? Pumpkin spice? Squash? Must be fall in New England.

Food

It’s fall in New England. Please enjoy this Brussels sprout latte.

A tongue-in-cheek guide to the region’s autumnal delights.

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A prince or princess? Facts about Harry and Meghan’s baby

Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child to be born in the spring.

‘Bridget Jones’s pan-fried salmon with pine-nut salsa’

CookBook Review

Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest book has the word ‘simple’ in the title. Surprisingly, a lot of it is.

Ottolenghi’s books have a cult following, but even devotees whisper about how complicated it is to cook from them. With “Ottolenghi SIMPLE,” we get many quick, easy, appealing recipes.

David Zilber runs Noma’s fermentation lab.

Q&A

Q&A with Noma’s René Redzepi and David Zilber of famed restaurant Noma

In a new book, Noma’s chef and owner, René Redzepi, and David Zilber, who runs the restaurant’s fermentation lab, set out to demystify the restaurant’s approach to fermentation in a how-to aimed at home cooks.

Waku, a wellness tea with roots in Ecuador

With help from Babson College’s Summer Venture Program for student entrepreneurs and a successful crowd-funding campaign, two men who grew up on Ecuador launched the product last fall.

Trade those trademark mice for ghosts — for a month at least

L.A. Burdick’s little ghosts are hand-piped and filled with dark chocolate ganache blended with pumpkin, spices, and cider, and enrobed in a sheet of white chocolate.

BURBANK, CA - AUGUST 07: Cole Swindell performs onstage at the iHeartCountry Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theatre on August 7, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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A country music star put on a surprise show at Loretta’s

Country music star Cole Swindell stopped into Loretta’s Last Call in the Fenway for lunch and an impromptu performance ahead of his Friday concert at Worcester’s DCU Center.

Inside Noma’s sleek fermentation lab

Located in a former military warehouse that was converted earlier this year into the restaurant’s sleek and elegant new home — known as Noma 2.0 — the fermentation lab was designed from the ground up by David Zilber, head of fermentation for the restaurant.

Bottles

Cheers to beers made with grain that’s malted locally

Of the four main ingredients in beer — water, hops, yeast, and grain — the latter might get the least credit.

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Ask Amy

The wedding’s a year away, but the nightmare has already begun

My daughter is getting married in a year. The wedding is a long way off, but the nightmares are already beginning.

Getting Salty with Jo Megwa of Piattini and Ora

Megwa grew up in East Boston, the youngest of 10 children. She’s the only one not born in Italy — but you’d never know it.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Oct. 9) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_ticks_97462[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.

PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/17169_LL_Podcast_HP_Episode_4_Tease%20(1).png The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic

 

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.